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Sarah Olson | Iraq Report: "A Giant Step Sideways"
Tue Dec 12, 2006 20:57

Sarah Olson looks at the Iraq Study Group's findings and concludes they have little to do with leaving Iraq; George Monbiot claims America, under Bush, has become what it claims to be fighting against; bomber kills scores in Baghdad while Bush ponders his Iraq policy; Robert Parry examines the connections between the first President Bush and Pinochet; Dean Baker presents an economist's solution to the Iraq occupation; Dems look to cut out billions in GOP pork hidden in spending bills; poll finds 70 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the Iraq War; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 12.12

Sarah Olson | Iraq Report: "A Giant Step Sideways"
Despite the mainstream media's sound and fury, many analysts say the Iraq Study Group report has little to do with leaving Iraq any time soon. Instead, they fear the report's diligent research and assiduous recommendations serve to obfuscate the depth of the US-created crisis, change the nature of the occupation, pave the way for multinational privatization of Iraq's resources, and distract from increasingly stentorian calls for immediate withdrawal.

George Monbiot | Torture Is at the Heart of America's War on Terror
George Monbiot writes: "President Bush maintains that he is fighting a war against threats to the 'values of civilized nations': terror, cruelty, barbarism and extremism. He asked his nation's interrogators to discover where these evils are hidden. They should congratulate themselves. They appear to have succeeded."

Bomber Kills 60 in Baghdad; Bush to Review Policy
A suicide bomber targeting poor laborers killed 60 people in Baghdad on Tuesday as President George W. Bush prepared to review his unpopular Iraq policy in a video teleconference with US military commanders in Iraq. A new poll has shown that most Americans support a quick withdrawal of US troops, putting Bush under strong pressure to shift course in Iraq, where 2,931 US troops have died since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Robert Parry | Pinochet's Death Spares Bush Family
Robert Parry writes: "General Augusto Pinochet's death on December 10 means the Bush Family can breathe a little bit easier, knowing that criminal proceedings against Chile's notorious dictator can no longer implicate his longtime friend and protector, former President George H.W. Bush."

Dean Baker | A Peace Prize for Iraq: The Economist's Solution to the War
Dean Baker writes: "The events of the last week should have dashed any hopes that the Iraq Study Group's plan would lead to a quick US withdrawal from Iraq and an end to the violence. President Bush has made it clear that he will not accept the ISG plan for a phased withdrawal of troops. Even if he did accept the ISG plan, it is not clear how much longer US troops would remain in Iraq, nor that the plan would lead to an end to the civil war.

Dems Plan to Eliminate Pork From Spending Bills
Democrats taking power in January have settled on a plan to clean up $463 billion worth of GOP budget leftovers, but they're not happy about it - and neither is the White House. The plan by the incoming chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees would kill thousands of hometown projects, called "earmarks," that lawmakers add to spending bills.

Pierre Haski | Eternal Regret
Pierre Haski writes: "The fact that Chile is led today by Michelle Bachelet, a socialist as well as the daughter of one of Pinochet's victims, constitutes - from that point of view - an optimistic symbol and the ultimate revenge on the dictator."

Poll: Seven out of Ten Americans Disapprove of Handling of Iraq War
In a new Post-ABC News poll, seven in 10 Americans disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation in Iraq - the highest percentage since the March 2003 invasion. Six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting.


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