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GOP Rivals Embrace Unproven Iraq-9/11 Tie
Mon May 28, 2007 16:05

Republican presidential contenders evoke unproven Iraq-9/11 tie; disillusion over war rises in GIs; scores killed in Iraq as violence continues; Paul Krugman writes on the Bush-style fear-mongering tactics that keep us at war; Iraq intelligence horror stories recounted; Blackwater lawsuit moves behind doors ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 05.28

GOP Rivals Embrace Unproven Iraq-9/11 Tie
In defending the Iraq war, leading Republican presidential contenders are increasingly echoing words and phrases used by President Bush in the run-up to the war, reinforcing the misleading impression that Iraq was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Car Bomb Kills at Least 21 in Baghdad
A suicide car bomber struck a busy commercial district in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 21 people and damaging a shrine revered by Sunnis and Shiites alike, police and hospital officials said.

As Allies Turn Foe, Disillusion Rises in Some GIs
Staff Sgt. David Safstrom does not regret his previous tours in Iraq - not even a difficult second stint, when two comrades died while trying to capture insurgents. But now, on his third deployment in Iraq, he is no longer a believer in the mission. His views are echoed by most of his fellow soldiers in Delta Company.

Paul Krugman | Trust and Betrayal
"Future historians will shake their heads over how easily America was misled into war. The warning signs, the indications that we had a rogue administration determined to use 9/11 as an excuse for war, were there, for those willing to see them, right from the beginning - even before Mr. Bush began explicitly pushing for war with Iraq," writes Paul Krugman.

Iraq Intelligence Horror Stories Shouldn't Be Old News
Hearing horror stories about the manipulation of Iraq intelligence is like watching "The Exorcist" again and again: Each time, you see something new and laugh at the parts that used to make your hair go up straight.

The Sacramento Bee | Assault on Elections Needs Full Airing
The Sacramento Bee writes: " ... it seems more and more apparent that behind the US attorney scandal is a blatant effort of the Justice Department to tamper with the US election process, trumping up voter fraud as an issue to intimidate voters and suppress voting in the United States. This is a serious matter calling for investigation by an outside special counsel."

Blackwater Lawsuit Moves Out of Court
After years of high-stakes legal wrangling, a lawsuit stemming from the gruesome deaths of four US contractors in Iraq is moving behind closed doors, in an action seen as an important precedent for the booming private security industry. The suit, for wrongful death and fraud, was filed in January 2005 against Blackwater Security Consulting, one of scores of companies now fielding close to 130,000 civilians who work alongside the US military in Iraq.

VIDEO | Bill Moyers Interviews Maxine Hong Kingston
Bill Moyers writes: "For all the words Maxine Hong Kingston has poured onto the page from her own life and mind, for the many years Maxine Hong Kingston has been coaxing words from others. In 1993 she put out a call to veterans to join her in workshops devoted to turning their experiences into poems, novels, and essays. Here in the hills of Northern California, over 500 veterans...from every war since World War II have taken part, and some of their finest work has now been published in this book, 'Veterans of War; Veterans of Peace.' For many of them it has been a life-changing, even life-saving, experience."

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: The Entire Government Has Failed Us on Iraq
Keith Olbermann presents a special comment on betrayal saying, "For the president - and the majority leaders and candidates and rank-and-file congressmen and senators of either party - there is only blame for this shameful and bi-partisan betrayal."


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