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In White House, Debate Is Rising on Iraq Pullback

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:39 PM MST

White House officials fear that the last pillars of political support among Senate Republicans for President Bush’s Iraq strategy are collapsing around them, according to several administration officials and outsiders they are consulting. They say that inside the administration, debate is intensifying over whether Mr. Bush should try to prevent more defections by announcing his intention to begin a gradual withdrawal of American troops from the high-casualty neighborhoods of Baghdad and other cities.

Mr. Bush and his aides once thought they could wait to begin those discussions until after Sept. 15, when the top field commander and the new American ambassador to Baghdad are scheduled to report on the effectiveness of the troop increase that the president announced in January. But suddenly, some of Mr. Bush’s aides acknowledge, it appears that forces are combining against him just as the Senate prepares this week to begin what promises to be a contentious debate on the war’s future and financing.

Four more Republican senators have recently declared that they can no longer support Mr. Bush’s strategy, including senior lawmakers who until now had expressed their doubts only privately. As a result, some aides are now telling Mr. Bush that if he wants to forestall more defections, it would be wiser to announce plans for a far more narrowly defined mission for American troops that would allow for a staged pullback, a strategy that he rejected in December as a prescription for defeat when it was proposed by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

“When you count up the votes that we’ve lost and the votes we’re likely to lose over the next few weeks, it looks pretty grim,” said one senior official, who, like others involved in the discussions, would not speak on the record about internal White House deliberations.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 7:29 PM MST

James Hetfield, frontman of US metal rockers Metallica, was detained at a British Airport before his appearance at London’s Live Earth gig on Saturday.

According to British newspaper The Times, the rocker jetted into Luton airport ahead of Saturday’s Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium – where his legendary rock band was due to perform – but was halted by officials before he could leave the terminal.

The legendary frontman was then subjected to a brief line of questioning, after which security-conscious officials were left red-faced when Hetfield explained he was a member of a world-famous rock band.

The Times claims Hetfield’s friends blame his “Taleban-like beard” for the interrogation.

Metallica formed in 1981 and have become one of the most successful heavy metal bands selling 90 million records worldwide.

The band, currently touring the UK with their Sick of the Studio tour, will release a new album towards the end of this year.

The New Zealand Herald


Metallica- Nothing Else Matters

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Sheehan Considers Challenge To Pelosi

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:17 PM MST

CRAWFORD, Texas – Cindy Sheehan, the soldier’s mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.

Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek by July 23 to impeach Bush. That’s when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, D.C., after a 13-day caravan and walking tour starting next week from the group’s war protest site near Bush’s Crawford ranch.

“Democrats and Americans feel betrayed by the Democratic leadership,” Sheehan told The Associated Press. “We hired them to bring an end to the war. I’m not too far from San Francisco, so it wouldn’t be too big of a move for me. I would give her a run for her money.”

Messages left with Pelosi’s staff were not immediately returned.

She plans her official candidacy announcement Tuesday. Sunday wrapped up what is expected to be her final weekend at the 5-acre Crawford lot that she sold to California radio talk show host Bree Walker, who plans to keep it open to protesters.

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Powell: ‘I Tried To Avoid This War’

by- Suzie-Q @ 1: 18 PM MST

It was revealed today that prior to the Iraq war, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell spent two and a half hours trying in vain to convince President George W. Bush not to invade.

“I tried to avoid this war,” Powell told the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, reports Sarah Baxter in the Sunday Times. Powell said he walked Bush through the risks of becoming an occupying force in an Arab country.

The sectarian violence in Iraq has escalated to the point of civil war, said Powell, and one that US forces cannot resolve.

Baxter points to plans being drawn up by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to begin a slow troop reduction to pre-“surge” levels as signs that “the views of Powell and other critics of the war are finally being heard in the Pentagon, if not yet in the White House.”

Powell also asserts that any reduction in US troops must be accompanied by diplomatic measures with Syria and Iran, writes Baxter.

However, Powell may have a hard time convincing the anti-war public of his message.

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Impeach the Bastards

Anthony @ 20:50 BST

By DAVE LINDORFF
Counterpunch
July 7 / 8, 2007

The latest poll by American Research Group, showing that 54 percent of Americans favor impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney, and that 46 percent favor impeaching President Bush, is encouraging news for impeachment advocates. Despite a corporate media blackout on impeachment that means almost nobody in the country knows that there is already a Cheney impeachment bill in the House with 14 co-sponsors (HR 333), over half the country nonetheless wants Cheney to get the boot.

And despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence that “impeachment is off the table,” almost half the people in the country say they want the president impeached.

But other information in this scientific poll, which was conducted by random telephone calls to 1100 Americans during July 2-3, should have Democrats like Pelosi and other party leaders rethinking their obstructive position on impeachment.

The Democratic leadership has been opposed to impeachment based on the absurd that while it is clearly popular among Democrats, an impeachment effort in Congress could “turn off” independent voters.

In fact the opposite appears to be true. (more…)

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by GEF @ 3:09 PM EDT

“YOUR HONOR, OPEN UP THOSE DUNGY CELLS AND LET THE TRAITORS OUT!! “

Those were the thoughts that George W. Bush clearly conveyed to the American People by the Commutation of one Globalist Evildoer by the name of I. Lewis Libby on July 2, 2007.

Listen Up folks in the Intelligence Fields: “Watch your back from now on because the Commander in Chief and his Vice President can out you out on a whim if they feel it necessary to further their political agendas! This means they can even compromise you while you’re on assignment.

So Much for Equal Justice under US. Law!

We have two forms of Justice, one for the ultra rich and one for all the rest, so remember that while you’re out protecting this Country! – GEF”


 

FEDERAL CONVICTS MAY START PRESSING FOR THE LIBBY TREATMENT

Sat Jul 7, 7:56 PM ET

Dear Mr. President: Somewhere in south Florida, in the dreary and close quarters of a federal prison, a die-hard Democrat is probably cheering you. So is his newest lawyer. Your decision to commute Scooter Libby’s sentence is the best news Bill Campbell has had in a long time.

You see, one of Campbell’s attorneys, Ohio State law professor Douglas Berman, went to court just last month to argue that Campbell’s sentence, too, is excessive. Campbell, like Libby, was sentenced to serve 30 months. His sentence, like Libby’s, was within federal guidelines.

Go Read It—->

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NYT: ‘It is time for the US to leave Iraq’

Anthony @ 19:05 BST

RAW STORY
Published: Sunday July 8, 2007

In an editorial today, the New York Times calls for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, “without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.”

The Times writes that it has become “clear that the president had neither the vision nor the means to” build a stable and unified Iraq, and that the “surge” as failed to mitigate the sectarian violence that continues to rage in the country.

“The political leaders Washington has backed are incapable of putting national interests ahead of sectarian score settling,” writes the NYT. “Additional military forces poured into the Baghdad region have failed to change anything.”

The paper argues that continuing to fight in Iraq “is wrong,” and that despite President Bush’s repeated claims that Iraq is a front line the war on terror, it is actually a “dangerous diversion from the life-and-death struggle against terrorists.”

The editorial concludes that withdrawal of US troops from Iraq is the only responsible course of action. (more…)

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