Tuesday, November 22, 2005



We might need to bomb just to leave

In the United States, while the lies behind the Iraq war become ever more obvious and victory seems increasingly unreachable, much of the opposition to the war has focused on the death and suffering among US soldiers. That emphasis has a sharp political edge at home, but it can also cut another way - defining the war as primarily deplorable because of what it is doing to Americans. One danger is that a process of withdrawing some US troops could be accompanied by even more use of US air power that terrorizes and kills with escalating bombardment (as happened in Vietnam for several years after President Nixon announced his "Guam Doctrine" of Vietnamization in mid-1969). An effective anti-war movement must challenge the jingo-narcissism that defines the war as a problem mainly to the extent that it harms Americans.

Countless pundits and politicians continue to decry the Bush administration's failure to come up with an effective strategy in Iraq. But the war has not gone wrong. It was always wrong. And the basic problem with the current US war effort is that it exists.


Generals, Not Bush Want Withdrawal

There's much analysis out there about what might have motivated a hawk like John Murtha to come out against the war.

I think what we're seeing is the uniformed military saying "enough," and Murtha's the messenger.

Turns out it WAS for oil

LONDON (Reuters) - Big oil firms may rob Iraq of billions and grab control of its oilfields unless ordinary Iraqis can have a greater say in how their country's riches are tapped, U.S. and British campaigners said on Tuesday.

Big oil is being lured by the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), promoted by Washington and London, which gives them huge returns on investment, but deprives Iraq of up to $194 billion (113 billion pounds), according to "Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq's oil wealth".

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