t r u t h o u t | 09.27
Bush: "Read It Yourself" Portion of Intel Report Released
Wed Sep 27, 2006 18:03

Released intelligence report shows bad track record for Bush; Dave Lindorff on Bush making war with Iran to pump up Republican votes; Bush administration blocked information linking hurricanes to global warming; Jeff Cohen on his "debate" with Ann Coulter; Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein on little accomplished, much left hanging by our "pathetic Congress"; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 09.27

Bush: "Read It Yourself" Portion of Intel Report Released
"The Bush administration's failed policies in Iraq are fueling global terrorism and making America less safe," said Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader. "These results are the unfortunate consequences of the administration's decision to cherry-pick pre-war intelligence, ignore our senior military leaders, and completely fail to plan for the post-Saddam occupation."

Dave Lindorff | Bush War III: Going to War to Save His Own Ass
Dave Lindorff writes: "Unless the American people and their ostensible representatives in Congress act quickly to make it clear that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force does not apply to an attack on Iran, and that it did not make the president a dictator with the power to make war at will, I'm betting that we'll be at war with Iran before Election Day."

White House Blocked Report Linking Hurricanes to Global Warming
The Bush administration has blocked the release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes.

Jeff Cohen | Ann Coulter & Me
In an excerpt of Jeff Cohen's new book, "My Misadventures in Corporate Media," he writes, "Coulter is something of a cross between Joan Rivers and Eva Braun. Now I have a general rule against Eva Braun comparisons, ever since my pal Randy Credico, a comedian, got banned from the Tonight Show 20 years ago - after he quipped that whenever he saw America's UN ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick on TV, he had to wonder 'if Eva Braun really died in that bunker in 1945.' I've made an exception in Coulter's case."

House OKs $70 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan
Despite intense partisan divisions over the course of the Iraq war, the House on Tuesday easily approved $70 billion more for military operations there and in Afghanistan. Lawmakers also adopted a record $448 billion budget for the Pentagon. The $70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan is a down payment on war costs the White House has estimated will hit $110 billion for the budget year beginning October 1st.

Senators Propose Funds for Paper Ballots to Back Up Electronic Ones
Three Senate Democrats proposed emergency legislation today to reimburse states for printing paper ballots that can be ready at polling places in case of problems with electronic voting machines on November 7th.

Harold Meyerson | The "Moderate Republican" Scam
"The moderates will vote for the extremist," writes Harold Meyerson. "'Moderate,' after all, is only an adjective; 'Republican' is a noun. Chafee, Snowe, the whole lot of them, are moderate enablers of an extremist party. That leaves those voters in Rhode Island, Maine, Ohio, and other states where these self-proclaimed Republican moderates are running only one choice if they seek a Congress to check and balance the president, if they want a more moderate nation: Vote for the Democrat."

Pierre Haski | Ghosts
Pierre Haski argues that Japan's new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe - nicknamed "the Hawk Prince" by the Japanese press for his nationalist bent - will need to establish better relations with his immediate neighbors to achieve his foreign policy ambitions.

Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein | Our Pathetic Congress
"The Final Days of any Congress are never pretty, as lawmakers scramble to finish a string of bills while getting out of town as early as possible to hit the campaign trail. After 37 years in Washington - 18 elections - we are pretty well inured to these shenanigans. But even those of us with strong stomachs are getting indigestion from the farcical end of the 109th Congress, slated for early Saturday," write Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein.

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: A Textbook Definition of Cowardice
Keith Olbermann: "Our tone should be crazed. The nation's freedoms are under assault by an administration whose policies can do us as much damage as al Qaida; the nation's marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would've quit. Bill Clinton did what almost none of us have done in five years. He has spoken the truth about 9/11, and the current presidential administration."

VIDEO | Camp Democracy Delivers War Crimes Indictment
In December of 2005 and January of 2006, a war crimes tribunal in New York City heard testimony from dozens of witnesses. Jurors included 29-year military veteran Ann Wright and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. They announced their verdict in a press conference on Wednesday, September 13, at Camp Democracy. They then hand-delivered the verdicts to the White House and the Justice Department.


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