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Putin Compares U.S. Policies to Third Reich

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:45 PM MST

President Vladimir V. Putin obliquely compared the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech on Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

NY Times

MOSCOW, May 9 — President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to obliquely compare the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech on Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

The comments were the latest in a series of sharply worded Russian criticisms of the foreign policy of the United States — on Iraq, missile defense, NATO expansion and, more broadly, United States unilateralism in foreign affairs.

Many Russians say the sharper edge reflects a frustration that Russia’s views, in particular opposition to NATO expansion, have been ignored in the West. Outside of Russia, however, many detected in the new tone a return to cold-war-style antagonism, emboldened by petroleum wealth.

Mr. Putin’s analogy was a small part of a larger speech, otherwise unambiguously congratulating Russian veterans of World War II, known here as the Great Patriotic War. Mr. Putin spoke from a podium in front of Lenin’s mausoleum on Red Square before troops mustered for a military parade.

Mr. Putin called Victory Day a holiday of “huge moral importance and unifying power” for Russia, and went on to enumerate the lessons of that conflict for the world today.

“We do not have the right to forget the causes of any war, which must be sought in the mistakes and errors of peacetime,” Mr. Putin said.

“Moreover, in our time, these threats are not diminishing,” he said. “They are only transforming, changing their appearance. In these new threats, as during the time of the Third Reich, are the same contempt for human life and the same claims of exceptionally and diktat in the world.”

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Billy Joel- We Didn’t Start The Fire

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Amerika is NOW Zee Fourth Reich Liepshen!

by GEF @ 6:27 PM EDT

***Biggest Story of the Week!***

Another HUGE Story IGNORED by the $$$Corporate Press!

This is Smoking Gun Evidence that we’re already in a Fascist State!

“ALL HEIL THE NEW FUHRER HIM-BUSH!”

BUSH BY PASSES CONGRESS & THE SENATE!
If there was ever any Reason to Impeach Bush this is it!

What is Congress and the Senate doing about it? NADA…..


Bush OKs ‘integration’ with European Union Congress never asked about new obligation© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
President Bush signed an agreement creating a “permanent body” that commits the U.S. to “deeper transatlantic economic integration,” without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or passage by Congress as a law.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 3:21 PM MST

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay, right, accompanied by fellow former prosecutor David Iglesias, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2007, before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys.

The Seattle Times

Two former U.S. attorneys said today they believe ongoing investigations into the dismissals last year of eight federal prosecutors could result in criminal charges against senior Justice Department officials.

John McKay, the former U.S. attorney for Western Washington, and David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico, also said they believe White House political operative Karl Rove and his aides instigated the dismissals and ultimately decided who among the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys should be fired.

McKay and Iglesias, who were among those fired, made their assertions during a meeting this morning with Seattle Times editors and reporters. The two are scheduled to appear this afternoon along with Paul Charlton, the former U.S. attorney for Arizona, during a public-policy forum on the dismissals at Seattle University’s School of Law.

“I think there will be a criminal case that will come out of this,” McKay said during his meeting with Times journalists. This is going to get worse, not better.”

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Billy Idol – Shock To The System

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by- Suzie-Q @ 1:31 PM MST

An unidentified U.S. soldier pays his respects to two fallen comrades at a memorial service in Baghdad.

USA Today

 

WASHINGTON — Most Americans don’t believe that the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is the key to preventing a full-scale civil war there or protecting the United States from new terrorist attacks, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

The results of the poll, taken Friday through Sunday, underscore the limited traction the Bush administration’s arguments have gotten as White House officials and congressional Democrats negotiate an interim bill to finance the war.

POLL RESULTS: Should we have sent troops to Iraq?

Amid broad pessimism about what’s ahead for Iraq and the region, one-third of those surveyed would be bothered “a great deal” if the United States is seen as losing the war. One in four would be bothered “not at all.”

“We lost the war when we went there,” says Judy Champion, 58, a nurse from Indianapolis who was among those surveyed. “I don’t think there is a ‘win’ situation there. Every time we lose another soldier it’s just more loss.”

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The Propaganda Campaign Of The Iraq War

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:12 PM MST

Raw Story

Months before the US invaded Iraq, Pentagon planners were developing an elaborate propaganda campaign to ensure US government-“approved” information was broadcast to the Iraqi public, according to a previously classified White Paper released Tuesday by the independent National Security Archives.

The White Paper, prepared in January 2003, lays out plans to install American-friendly media with an Iraqi face and to silence local anti-US news outlets, referred to in the paper as “hate media.” Also released by the National Security Archives were a Power Point presentation outlining the goals of the media plan and other briefing materials.

Transformation of Iraq’s media would be accomplished by a Rapid Reaction Media Team, which planners envisioned as a bridge between the state-controlled outlets of Saddam Hussein’s regime and a long-term “Iraqi Free Media” network, which would broadcast America-friendly programming.

“This team will deploy from Washington immediately upon cessation of hostilities … and begin broadcasting and printing approved USG information to the Iraqi public,” the paper says.

The paper was prepared by two Defense Department offices, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, which is in charge of psychological warfare, and Near East and South Asian Affairs (Special Plans), which was established to plan the Iraq war in secret. A Pentagon spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

“Having professional US-trained Iraqi media teams immediately in-place to portray a new Iraq (by Iraqis for Iraqis) with hopes for a prosperous, democratic future, will have a profound psychological and political impact on the Iraqi people,” reads the White Paper.

To deal with native voices unfriendly to US interests in the war, the paper calls for installation of a “temporary Media Commissioner to regulate against ‘hate media’ that might destabilize Iraq.” The commissioner would work with military commanders to “identify the media infrastructure we need left in tact and … find alternative ways of disabling key sites.”

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“Protect America, Not George Bush”

posted by anthony @ 17:52 BST

by mcjoan
Daily Kos
Wed May 09, 2007 at 06:22:12 AM PDT

One of the favorite GOP talking points is that Congress shouldn’t be making decisions for troops on the ground, that Bush listens to his generals and that they determine the course of action in Iraq. Three retired generals, John Batiste, Paul Eaton, and Wesley Clark, and a veteran of Afghanistan are taking to the airwaves to dispute that claim in a new series of ads sponsored by VoteVets. The ads are intended to force Congress, and particularly GOP members who have continually rubberstamped this war, to do its job and end this war.

The ads will run on broadcast and cable in markets targeting Senators Susan Collins, John Sununu, John Warner, and Norm Coleman, and Representatives Mary Bono, Phil English, Randy Kuhl, Jim Walsh, Heather Wilson, Jo Ann Emerson, Tim Johnson, Mike Rogers, Fred Upton, and Mike Castle in their home districts. From the VoteVets press release:

The first in the series of three ads features Major General (ret.) John Batiste, who was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division from August 2002-June 2005. During this timeframe, he conducted combat operations in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The division was deployed to north-central Iraq from February 2004 until February 2005 and included 22,000 soldiers from active and reserve component units from throughout the United States. Batiste twice voted for President Bush and is a lifelong Republican….

“For too long, the President has maintained that he’s just listening to commanders on the ground, which is utterly false. These ads set the record straight, directly from the mouths of those men,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq war veteran and Chairman and Co-Founder of VoteVets.org. “The President isn’t listening, he hasn’t listened, and he hasn’t shown an interest in listening to commanders on the ground in Iraq. If the President won’t listen to commanders, then Congress must. They must force about a surge in diplomacy, and not allow a war without end.”

Here’s the first ad.

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Queen Elizabeth II plants trees in DC

by Geezer Power …9:42 AM PDT


The Governor General looks on as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II participates in the ceremonial tree planting at Rideau Hall. Photo Information
Date: October 14, 2002
Queen Elizabeth II is well known for planting trees in her country and has managed to plant a tree in a garden outside the NASA flight center commemorating her visit. She also planted a tree at the British embassy before leaving for London Tuesday.
I wonder if she really felt comfortable with Duhba and his Healthy Forest’s Initiative, which enabled the logging of unprecedented amounts of forest including old growth that was formerly protected by environmental laws. Or if that isn’t enough, if she remembers Ronny Raygun’s famous statements about saving the trees.

Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, in 1979
“If you’ve seen one redwood, you’ve seen them all.”
“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.”
1981
“A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?”.

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