t r u t h o u t | 09.20William Rivers Pitt | Swiftboating the SwiftboatersWed Sep 20, 2006 16:34
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William Rivers Pitt | Swiftboating the Swiftboaters
William Rivers Pitt writes: "He [Kerry] did not adequately respond to a series of devastating TV ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, a group that questioned Kerry's service in Vietnam and criticized his later opposition to the war. 'They had money behind the lies, and we did not have sufficient money behind the truth,' Kerry laments."
Abbas: Palestinian Government Will Recognize Israel
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will tell US President George W. Bush on Wednesday that the proposed Palestinian unity government will recognize Israel's right to exist and previous agreements between the PLO and Israel.
General Says US May Increase Troops in Iraq
The US military is likely to maintain and may even increase its force of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq through next spring. This is one of the gloomiest assessments yet of when troops may come home. General John Abizaid, commander of the US Central Command, said military leaders would consider adding troops or extending the Iraq deployments of other units if needed.
Michael Duffy | What Would War Look Like?
Michael Duffy writes, "A flurry of military maneuvers in the Middle East increases speculation that conflict with Iran is no longer quite so unthinkable." He continues, "No one knows whether - let alone when - a military confrontation with Tehran will come to pass."
Mike Davis | Border Invaders: The Perfect Swarm Heads South
Mike Davis writes: "The visitor crossing from Tijuana to San Diego these days is immediately slapped in the face by a huge billboard screaming, 'Stop the Border Invasion!' Sponsored by the rabidly anti-immigrant vigilante group, the Minutemen, the same truculent slogan reportedly insults the public at other border crossings in Arizona and Texas."
Dean Baker | Takings: The Conservative Nanny State Only Gives
Dean Baker writes: "Many conservatives like to frame political debates as being a battle between tough-minded individualists, who want the government out of their life, and welfare-state liberals who run to the government at every turn. This framing is completely wrong - conservatives like the government every bit as much as liberals - but it is widely accepted by the media and even most of the liberals who pass as political leaders."
Anti-Government Protests in Hungary Turn Violent
Protesters in Budapest clashed with police and stormed the headquarters of state television early Tuesday, responding with violence to a leaked recording that caught the Hungarian prime minister admitting the government "lied morning, evening and night" about the economy.
VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Bush Owes Us an Apology
Keith Olbermann: "There needs to be an apology from the President of the United States. And more than one. But, Mr. Bush, the others - for warnings unheeded five years ago, for war unjustified four years ago, for battle unprepared three years ago - they are not weighted with the urgency and necessity of this one. We must know that, to you, thought with which you disagree - and even voice with which you disagree and even action with which you disagree - are still sacrosanct to you."
VIDEO | Princeton Scientists Create Vote-Stealing Program for Diebold AccuVote-TS
A paper (and accompanying video) published by a group of Princeton computer scientists said that they created demonstration vote-stealing software that can be installed within a minute on a common electronic voting machine. The software can fraudulently change vote counts without being detected.
William Rivers Pitt re-examines Kerry's response to the Swiftboaters; the Palestinian government recognizes Israel; US may increase troop levels in Iraq; Michael Duffy on the road to war with Iran; Mike Davis writes about the Minutemen, an anti-immigrant vigilante group; Dean Baker examines the conservative nanny state; anti-government protests turn violent in Hungary after learning government lied for years; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org
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