Posts Tagged ‘George Bush’

Scott Horton, anarchist host of AntiWar Radio, spoke to the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the University of New Hampshire on why libertarians should be antiwar, the history of oligarchs lying the U.S. into wars, the becoming of the Empire, blowback, how Osama bin Laden baited the U.S. into Afghanistan to end the Empire as the U.S. did to the Soviets, and irrational American exceptionalism—introducing Thomas Woods – 6 November 09 – (27:36):

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Peter Schiff, an intellectual economist, brutalizes a know-nothing dingbat with no substance to bring to the table. Schiff: 1; Dingbat: 0

Part One (7:10):

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Trends forecaster Gerald Celente discusses the Newspeak of State officials with Lew Rockwell, Jr.: “The wealth of the nation is going to the ‘too big to fail’s” (13:41):

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The Obama Administration was “disappointed” with an Italian court convicting 23 Americans—including 22 C.I.A. agents—tried in absentia for the 2003 illegal kidnapping of Osama Mustafa Hassan, a Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar. The imam was shipped to Egypt, held without charges and tortured until his release in 2007. Writer, historian and radio host Webster Tarpley discusses the significance with Cedric Moon at Russia Today (5:49):

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The U.S. and U.K made extensive use of Uzbekistan’s the torture regime in its extraordinary rendition program, Craig Murray says, exporting interrogations to a country that “left the Soviet Union in order to maintain the Soviet system” of Gulag oppression.

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Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Bush Administration Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the ‘Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex, perpetual war’s relation to the viability of the American Empire, ‘evil’ dollar hegemony’s inevitable demise and the inherent corruptibility of power preventing  the U.S. ‘from impeaching a president every generation’. Col. Wilkerson’s no libertarian—probably better classified as a ‘Jeffersonian military man’—as you see in his proposed solution.

Part One: “The Beginning of the American ‘Imperial Rome’ and Eisenhower’s Warning” (10:21):

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The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. vowed to continue fighting the Goldstone Report which condemned Israel’s war crimes in the Gaza Massacre.

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The E.U. report released October 1 concluded Georgia’s aggressive “shelling” of South Ossetia with the full backing of the Bush Administration was what prompted Russian response that led to the Five Day War in August 2008. The Obama Administration will continue enabling the tyrannical regime of President Mikhail Saakashvili.

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A must watch: Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald, two of our most respected voices speaking truth to illegitimate power, on GRITtv with Laura Flanders, Wednesday. Mr. Scahill and Mr. Greenwald discuss the media elite and how—in their own words—form the “political debate” by not reporting facts, but an ESPN-esque play-by-play of what those in power are asserting. They go after the major TV networks and print media, Chuck Todd, Tim Russert, Tom Brokaw and others on how they ‘manufacture consent’ for torture and immoral war in this 60 minute video, but the segment with Mr. Scahill and Mr. Greenwald ends at the 29:30 mark:

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On al Jazeera’s (AJE) “The Riz Khan Show”, leading journalist on Guantánamo Bay Andy Worthington and former Reagan and Bush I Administration U.S. Attorney David Rivkin discuss the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Bagram has been routinely referred to as “The Other Guantánamo”. Mr. Worthington comments on this appearance at his blog (22:31):

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Part Two (10:22):

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Former Goldman Sachs C.E.O. and Bush Administration Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson tried to use the Federal [sic] Reserve to hand Wall Street super-financiers to Goldman Sachs in September 2008.

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Irving Kristol died, but his sociopathic wet dream of never-ending war in the quest for world domination lives on through The Foreign Policy Initiative (F.P.I.). “The neoconservatives who provided the intellectual foundation for the war in Iraq convened on Monday to make a renewed push for the current administration to pursue greater military engagement in Afghanistan,” writes Sam Stein at The Huffington Post.

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Palestine-Israel scholar (and my former pedagogue) Professor Norman Finkelstein discusses the U.N. report finding that Israel committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead—the 22-day massacre of 1,400+ Palestinians, including hundreds of children, in Gaza that began 27 December 2008, backed by then-President-elect Barack Obama and then-President George W. Bush—on Democracy Now! (DN!) with its host, Amy Goodman. Prof. Finkelstein discusses the details of the report in comparison to those from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the misleading rhetoric of calling the Gaza Massacre a ‘war’ and of media equivalence of the crimes from within Gaza to those committed by the Israel Defence Force (IDF).

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Sunday’s Washington Post reports that “J.P. Morgan Chase for the first time convened its board in Washington this summer, calling the directors to a meeting at the downtown Hay-Adams hotel, then dispatching them to Capitol Hill for meet-and-greets,” highlighting the bed-sharing between State and economy in an article titled, “In Shift, Wall Street Goes to Washington: District Rises as New Financial Center”.

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As the AP reports “dozens of civilians” killed in a U.S. airstrike overnight, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is shifting his position–toward that of the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal–in being ‘open to increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan’ while reinforcing his support for continued U.S. occupation, adding: “I absolutely do not think it is time to get out of Afghanistan.”

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