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    Invasion of Iraq: The Price of Imperial Arrogance
    Wednesday, November 22 @ 17:25:57 UTC
    King Bushby Stephen Lendman, sjlendman.blogspot.com

    Lyndon Johnson was a conflicted man about Vietnam almost from the time he took office. As early as May, 1964, he confessed his doubts about the conflict to his good friend Senator Richard Russell in one of the many phone calls he taped in the Oval Office. That was three months before the fateful Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave him congressional authorization for military action in Southeast Asia without needing a formal declaration of war for it. Later that year, he privately acknowledged the Tonkin Gulf incident never happened and told Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara "we concluded maybe they hadn't fired at all." He was referring to the claimed attacks by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on two US destroyers which, on its face, seemed preposterous but which propelled this country deeply into the Vietnam conflict that didn't end until President Gerald Ford evacuated the last of the US forces and a few South Vietnamese collaborators in humiliation from the rooftop of the US Embassy in Saigon 11 years later in April, 1975. They left behind a nation in ruins, its landscape devastated and chemically poisoned that remains so today, and a few million dead Southeast Asians in three countries showing the kind of men Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were - imperial war lords who never had to answer for their war crimes as they never do under a system of victor's justice. The only compensation the victims got was their freedom from US aggression when realizing it couldn't win it decided to give up a futile fight and pull out.

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    World Focus: A Pious Wish: The Anti-Imperialism of Stephen Kinzer's Overthrow
    Thursday, May 18 @ 09:46:23 UTC
    King BushBy Stephen Gowans, gowans.blogspot.com

    "For how can people, when they understand their system, fail to see in it the best possible plan of the best possible state of society?"(1)

    Former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer's latest book, "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq" makes the case that regime change has been a regular feature of US foreign policy for decades, and is not a recent innovation cooked up one afternoon by neo-cons over barbecued ribs and Budweiser at the Bush ranch.

    "Regime change," Kinzer's book tells us, "did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush but has been an integral part of American foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the entire twentieth century and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to topple governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals."

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    Latin America: Hitting Rock Botton
    Saturday, May 28 @ 13:38:05 UTC
    King BushThe Bush Administration's Shameful Rejection of Venezuela's Extradition Request

    May 27, 2005
    By The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, coha.org

    The State Department's summary and insulting rejection of the extradition request issued by the government of Venezuela for Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles was as shocking as it was predictable. The decision not to hand over Posada to be tried for his alleged role in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner which 73 innocent people were killed does violence to this administration's respect for the rule of law. Yet this is nothing new for a White House which has a long history of selective indignation towards villainous acts committed abroad. Such a categorical rejection of the administration's own antiterrorist rhetoric bears strong resemblance to its similarly hypocritical praise for the 2002 coup attempt against the democratically-elected Hugo Chávez, thus belying President Bush's supposed commitment to the spread of democracy throughout the hemisphere. Worst of all, the Department of State has dishonored this country's dead as a result of a terrorist act on September 11 by not honoring those murdered in 1976 when a bomb blew up on a Cuban Airlines flight over the Bahamas. A preponderance of evidence – some of it from the FBI and the CIA – and his subsequent acts of terror dispel any doubt that Posada is a world-class terrorist.

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    World Focus: War by other means
    Thursday, May 26 @ 19:51:04 UTC
    King BushBy Stephen Gowans, gowans.blogspot.com

    In late April, 2005 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with members of the Belarus opposition on a trip through Lithuania, to talk about how to elevate "mass pressure for change" (New York Times, April 22, 2005) with a view to ousting the government of Belarus' president Alexander Lukashenko. Washington says Belarus is an outpost of tyranny, along with such other notable US bugbears as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Burma. Denounced as "the last dictator in Europe," Lukashenko is dubbed a tyrant, who, it's implied, has earned himself a place in Hades for his innumerable sins against the holy trinity of democracy, liberty and human rights. His tyranny, US officials say, must end. And the US, self-appointed crusader for democracy in the world, will see that it happens.

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    War and Terror: Imperial History-Making v. Reality-Based Thought
    Wednesday, November 24 @ 14:28:37 UTC
    King BushBy Gary Leupp, counterpunch.org

    In a now famous remark to Ron Suskind, an unidentified aide to President Bush told the veteran journalist that guys like him were "in what we call the reality-based community." These are people who (of all things) stubbornly "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." But the administration doesn't share their empiricism, which, like the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 that helped usher in a long era of international diplomacy among nation-states, is rooted in the Enlightenment. All that rationality, that helped us climb out of the Dark Ages, is now mere "history." So screw your commonsense, everyday, discernible reality! Study? How passé! "That's not the way the world really works anymore," the Bush aide elaborated. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality---judiciously, as you will---we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

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    War and Terror: Global Slavery and World Emancipation
    Sunday, November 14 @ 11:20:38 UTC
    King Bush By Franz J. T. Lee

    What is classical slavery? Before we define our concept of "slavery," let us first delineate what commonly is being understood by "slaves" or "slavery." The "Dictionary of the English Language," Fourth Edition (2003), scientifically gives us very precise definitions.

    Slavery is:

    1. The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household.

    2. a. The practice of owning slaves.
    2. b. A mode of production in which slaves constitute the principal work force.

    3. The condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence.

    4. A condition of hard work and subjection: wage slavery.

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    Inside U.S.A.: The gift of a wired president to a wired race
    Wednesday, November 10 @ 01:24:56 UTC
    King Bush Genopolitics and the American priorities

    By Kweli Nzito, Ph.D.

    The run up to the American presidential elections has been amply inundated with "expert" political analyses and forecasts from an assortment of think tanks and polls each endowed with its own unique margin of error, as to ostensibly render superfluous any added commentary from outside the traditional, entrenched -- mainstream if you will (and White of course) -- sources of wisdom. That said however, a habitual theme of the American presidential campaign should hardly escape an outside gazer's notice and one that warrants some mention: the shallowness of the protagonists, the two plus years of crass showmanship leading to a predictable anti climax; and a conspicuous absence of serious introspection, thus nurturing and sustaining the shallowness. Of no trivial import, is the extravagance unleashed onto this otherworldly enterprise that would in the end give way to four years of yet more surreal political gamesmanship, setting the stage for the cycle to replicate itself. In a manner of speaking, the end of history has paradoxically assumed cyclical dimensions in the land of the end of history, robbing the onlooker of any anticipation, zeal or curiosity as to what may lie beyond the end.

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    War and Terror: The Anti-Empire Report: Fear Factors
    Tuesday, October 26 @ 22:45:32 UTC
    King BushBy William Blum, counterpunch.org

    The CIA Should Wear a Ski Mask When They Use This Excuse

    Time Magazine reported that the Bush administration had a plan to use the CIA to funnel money to candidates it favored in the forthcoming Iraqi elections. The rationale given was that Iran was probably bankrolling its own preferred candidate.{1} Whether Iran has actually been engaged in such I do not know, but what is certain is that it is irrelevant to American policy. The United States has been trying to fix elections in every corner of the world for more than half a century without any other foreign power being in the picture at all. This argument in the case of Iraq is reminiscent of the Cold War period in Western Europe, when the CIA was covertly financing many political parties, media, labor unions, student groups, women's organizations, etc. When this secret support began to be disclosed in the 1960s, supporters of the CIA would typically defend the Agency's sundry activities in Europe on the grounds that the Russians were the first to be so engaged there and had to be countered. But it should be borne in mind that all the different types of enterprises and institutions supported by the CIA in Western Europe were supported by the Agency all over the Third World for decades on a routine basis without a Russian counterpart in sight.

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    War and Terror: Bushmen who rule the world
    Sunday, October 24 @ 09:56:19 UTC
    King BushBy Raffique Shah

    THERE was a time when, in criticising successive US governments' foreign policies, I made a clear distinction between the American people and their government and its various agencies. Now I am not so sure there is a clear demarcation between the two. Oh, I know there are millions in America who see George W Bush and his associates for what they are-hypocrites who use God's name to wreak the kind of misery on people less-equal to them in a manner only Satan would. But when all the polls suggest that in the upcoming elections Bush is likely to beat John Kerry, it tells me that many, if not most, Americans, have fallen into the Orwellian mode in which they can be easily manipulated any which way by their misleaders.

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    Invasion of Iraq: Mutiny in Iraq: Is suicide part of the job?
    Thursday, October 21 @ 15:27:35 UTC
    King BushWhen troops' orders in a war are wrongheaded, mutiny can be the result

    By Jonathan Turley, Los Angeles Times

    The recent refusal of at least 18 soldiers in the 343rd Quartermaster Company to go on a perilous mission in Iraq has created a torrent of competing allegations of mutiny and military incompetence. With an election approaching, the Bush administration is now desperately seeking to defuse the controversy.

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    War and Terror: Imperialism with a Spin
    Thursday, July 15 @ 13:39:41 UTC
    King BushThe Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda

    by Mickey Z
    Common Courage Press; 2004; 186 pages

    The vast majority of citizens of the United States are either unaware or don't care about the magnitude and regularity of the crimes committed by their government in their name. They rather think their government is a "light unto the world" going about its business, wishing nothing other than to be left alone to pursue its peaceful American dream. Whether this is due to the disingenuousness of those citizens or the effectiveness of these spins is debatable. This book is more of a too often obscure but important documentation proving the United States government continues to be, and with occasional competition always has been, the greatest threat to world peace. It serves also as a look into the modus operandi of the mafia enterprise known as America.

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    Inside U.S.A.: Over the Edge: The Madness of King George
    Wednesday, June 09 @ 14:32:44 UTC
    King BushBy Kurt Nimmo, www.kurtnimmo.com

    It's described as "erratic behavior" by Capitol Hill Blue.

    Bush has "wide mood swings," he rants and raves against "enemies" both domestic and foreign, and quotes the Bible like a deranged Southern preacher.

    It's like the Nixon days is how a worried GOP political consultant describes it.

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    War and Terror: Bush's Big Blunder
    Tuesday, September 16 @ 11:43:20 UTC
    King Bushby Charley Reese, reese.king-online.com

    On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by a single organization, al-Qaida, headed by Osama bin Laden.

    We had not been attacked by North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Colombian guerrillas, Philippine guerrillas, the Taliban, Indonesian guerrillas, Muslims in general or anybody else. Just that one organization, al-Qaida, hit us.

    Once that was ascertained, President George Bush should have told the American people that we were going to track down the members of that organization and kill them. I believe that was his original intention.

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    World Focus: Bush and the Echo Chamber
    Thursday, September 11 @ 22:24:45 UTC
    King BushGlobalizing the Whirlwind

    I didn't watch George Bush on TV this evening.

    Instead, I watched Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine, a film I missed when it was in the theaters. As I watched Moore's exposé on American violence, Bush stood in front of a podium in the White House Cabinet room and rambled on about how America needs to be more violent, how it needs to kill more people. America needs the United Nations to help injure and murder even more Iraqis (according to the Iraq Body Count database and archive of war reports, nearly 8,000 Iraqi civilians have died and at least 20,000 have suffered injury).

    Of course, Bush didn't exactly say it that way.

    Bush said -- as I read later on the web -- Security Council members who were disgusted and repelled by what the United States did and continues to do in Iraq "now have an opportunity and responsibility to make sure Iraq becomes a free and democratic nation" (as Fox News put it). In other words, they should donate their sons and money to the ongoing slaughter. "We cannot let past differences interfere with present duties," said Bush. "Terrorists in Iraq have attacked representatives of the civilized world, and opposing them must be the cause of the civilized world."

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    War and Terror: The Incantations of Empire
    Tuesday, August 12 @ 18:44:52 UTC
    King BushMyth and Denial in the War on Terrorism

    By William Blum

    It dies hard. It dies very hard. The notion that terrorist acts against the United States can be explained by envy and irrational hatred, and not by what the United States does in and to the world -- i.e., US foreign policy -- is alive and well. The fires were still burning intensely at Ground Zero when Colin Powell declared: "Once again, we see terrorism, we see terrorists, people who don't believe in democracy ..." [1]

    George W. picked up on that theme and ran with it. He's been its leading proponent ever since September 11 with his repeated insistence, in one wording or another, that "those people hate America, they hate all that it stands for, they hate our democracy, our freedom, our wealth, our secular government." (Ironically, the president and John Ashcroft probably hate our secular government as much as anyone.)

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