Bush Is Serving Up the Cold War Warmed Over

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex," said Eisenhower, a Republican, in 1961. "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." (L.A. Times)

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Politricks is not for me. I don't believe in war

With the Raptors heading to Washington to face the Wizards tonight, Rose was asked whether he planned to attend any U.S. presidential inauguration parties.

"Nope. Politricks is not for me. I don't believe in war," Rose said.

However, Rose donated money to John Edwards' campaign for the presidential primary.

"Maybe I just didn't want Bush to win," Rose said. "I would have voted for you (a reporter) if you were running. Can't be any worse than what we've got."(Toronto Sun)

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"If you look in the four corners of the Earth, you wouldn't find a regime as cruel as this one."

SHIGAKARO, Sudan - Hawa Basi, cradling her sick child in the fierce sunlight, has nowhere to go and nowhere to return to.

She lived in the hamlet of Bameshi, not too far from here. But when Sudanese planes bombed a nearby village, she and her three children fled for the hills, forced out as much by the hunger in their bellies as the fear in their hearts.

Now she's too frightened to return to Bameshi and too weak to make the two-week-long journey on foot to the refugee camps of neighboring Chad.

Tens of thousands of others share her plight, hunkered down in rebel-controlled portions of Sudan's Darfur region, in a kind of humanitarian no-man's land.

They spend their nights huddled in caves and bushes, hiding from the bombers, Sudanese soldiers and the state-backed Arab militias, called the janjaweed, that have hunted them for months. They survive on wild roots and the mercy of strangers who are barely better off in villages such as Shigakaro that are protected by rebels.

"We are just waiting for help," said Basi, wearing a blue shawl and a faint smile....

....Ongoing insecurity, overstretched aid workers and a shortage of funding are largely to blame for the lack of aid in rebel-controlled areas.

"Tell them we're suffering from three things - lack of food, (lack of) medicines and the enemy," implored Umda Ali Hassib, the chief of Shigakaro, 70 miles east of Sudan's border with Chad. "If you look in the four corners of the Earth, you wouldn't find a regime as cruel as this one." (Knight Ridder)

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Iraq Survey Group concludes there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country at the time of the US-UK invasion.

Tony Blair will be confronted with a fresh challenge over Iraq within the next two weeks when the long-awaited final report of the Iraq Survey Group concludes there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country at the time of the US-UK invasion. (Guardian)

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To Israel, Iran represents a grave threat to its national security. Pushing the United States to adopt a tougher line on Tehran is one of its major foreign policy objectives

The Pentagon group circulated its own intelligence assessments, which have since been discredited by the Central Intelligence Agency and by the independent Sept. 11 commission, arguing that there was a terrorist alliance between the Hussein regime and Al Qaeda.

The group has also advocated that the Bush administration adopt a more aggressive policy toward Iran, and some of its members have quietly begun to argue for regime change in Tehran. The administration has not yet adopted that stance, however, and the Pentagon conservatives have been engaged in a debate with officials at the State Department and other agencies urging a more moderate approach to Iran.

To Israel, Iran represents a grave threat to its national security. Pushing the United States to adopt a tougher line on Tehran is one of its major foreign policy objectives, and Aipac has lobbied the Bush administration to support Israel's policies. (New York Times)

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(General Tommy Franks) told him ``his men and resources were being moved to Iraq, where he felt that our intelligence was shoddy. This admission was coming almost 14 months before the beginning of combat operations in Iraq

(Senator Bob Graham) said (General Tommy Franks) told him ``his men and resources were being moved to Iraq, where he felt that our intelligence was shoddy. This admission was coming almost 14 months before the beginning of combat operations in Iraq and only five months after the commencement of combat in Afghanistan.''

Graham's book also discusses apparent financial ties of Saudi officials with two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

Graham said the matter was discussed in a 28-page section of the committee's report on the attacks that was kept secret at the request of the White House. (AP)

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"there is not a single confirmed biological or chemical target on their lists, Air Force officers working on the war plan say."

Administration officials have tied themselves in knots trying to explain why they were so sure Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Faulty intelligence is the scapegoat these days.

Certainly the intelligence community has shortcomings, and its senior officials happily joined the groupthink syndrome by shading their assessments to fit their bosses' preconceptions. But the truth was not hard to come by at the time. Two weeks before the Iraq war in March 2003, I wrote, "There is simply no hard intelligence of any such Iraqi weapons." That statement remains uncontrovertible. The proof of what intelligence analysts really knew — and didn't know — was revealed by the fact, reported in my column then, that "there is not a single confirmed biological or chemical target on their lists, Air Force officers working on the war plan say." (L.A. Times)

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"There is no ceiling at all. The roof all fell down on the children."

The hostage standoff at a school near Chechnya turned tragic Friday with hundreds of children and adults killed or injured in an afternoon of fighting that continued sporadically into the night.

The exact sequence of events Friday remained confused. It apparently started when authorities were fired upon as they tried to retrieve the bodies of people killed Wednesday when the siege began and reached a climax when Russian special forces stormed the building and fought with rebel gunmen room by room.

The school became a battlefield, with authorities deploying artillery, assault helicopters and tanks and the gunmen firing automatic weapons and grenades. In the chaos, escaping hostages were shot in the back. Booby trap bombs exploded inside the school. And the roof on a gym collapsed in a fiery heap.

In that gym, Alan Karayev, a volunteer who entered to help bring out the bodies, saw a gruesome scene. "The whole floor is covered in bodies," he said, estimating there were hundreds of dead children. "There is no ceiling at all. The roof all fell down on the children."

Authorities said that the total number of hostages was 1,200, higher than any figure previously reported. Roughly 70 percent of the hostages were children.

Men carried burned, charred and bloodied children from other parts of the school, stuffing their lifeless bodies into the sides and backs and trunks of their cars and ambulances. Some of the children appeared to have sustained shrapnel wounds inside the school, where booby traps loaded with pieces of metal reportedly had been placed.

"Many, many dead. Many dead children," said a young boy who said he had been "blown out of the window by an explosion." The distraught boy, comforted by his wailing grandmother, did not appear injured but a Washington Post reporter observed four dead children and a dead adult close by him. (Washington Post)

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(General) Boykin had said that President Bush had been placed in his post by God and that the U.S. military was recruiting a spiritual army

 
  The investigation confirmed news accounts that in his speeches, (General) Boykin had said that President Bush had been placed in his post by God and that the U.S. military was recruiting a spiritual army that would draw strength from a greater power to defeat its enemies.
(L.A. Times)

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Retiring GOP Rep.: Iraq War Unjustified...``Left unresolved for now is whether intelligence was intentionally misconstrued to justify military action,'' he said.

A top Republican congressman has broken from his party in the final days of his House career, saying he believes the U.S. military assault on Iraq was unjustified and the situation there has deteriorated into ``a dangerous, costly mess.''

``I've reached the conclusion, retrospectively, now that the inadequate intelligence and faulty conclusions are being revealed, that all things being considered, it was a mistake to launch that military action,'' Rep. Doug Bereuter wrote in a letter to his constituents.

``Left unresolved for now is whether intelligence was intentionally misconstrued to justify military action,'' he said. (AP)

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