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Anti-war groups turn against Obama after Afghan surge

Anti-war groups turn against Obama after Afghan surge

UK Telegraph
August 31, 2009

There is rising disillusion among liberals and peace activists that a president who built his campaign on his opposition to the war in Iraq now views America’s other conflict as a “war of necessity”.

Mr Obama has already added 21,000 extra troops to the 38,000 stationed there by George W Bush. In the next few weeks, he is likely to receive requests from the Pentagon for more when Gen Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, submits a report on the progress of the war.

It is expected to paint a grim picture and offer the president three options for action: increase troop numbers dramatically, increase them less dramatically or leave them as they are.

Some organizations that campaigned against the Iraq war are biding their time or are more inclined to side with the president’s argument that a stronger counter-insurgency effort in Afghanistan is in US national interests.

But others have run out of patience, and though they know they will not yet fill city centre streets with protestors, they plan to hold marches and smaller events such as forums with war veterans and troops’ families, as well as lobbying members of Congress.

“As progressives feel more comfortable protesting against the Obama administration and challenging Democrats as well as Republicans in Congress, then we’ll be back on track,” Medea Benjamin of the anti-war group Code Pink said.

Perry O’Brien, president of the New York chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, said: “In the next year, it will more and more become Obama’s war. He’ll be held responsible for the bloodshed.”

Though public opinion in the US has not turned against the war as sharply as in Britain, for the first time a majority of respondents (51 per cent) in a recent Washington Post-ABC poll said the war was not worth the fight. Among liberals, strong approval of the war plummeted by 20 per cent.

On Friday the Pentagon confirmed that August was the deadliest month for US troops since the start of the war in October 2001 to remove the Taliban government, which had refused to hand over Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks.

 

Two thirds want British troops home from Afghanistan

UK Telegraph
August 29, 2009

The public’s growing opposition to the conflict comes after the number of British deaths in Afghanistan rose above 200 earlier this month.

Yesterday, Gen Sir David Richards took over as Chief of the General Staff and vowed to get better equipment for troops and improved care for those injured fighting for Britain.

A Daily Telegraph/YouGov poll showed 62 per cent of people opposed British troops staying in Afghanistan, while 26 per cent were in favour.

Previous polls had shown that most people backed the conflict in Afghanistan, unlike the war in Iraq. They accepted the argument espoused by ministers and the opposition that it was part of the fight against terrorism that could be exported to British streets.

But increasingly voters appear unwilling to accept that claim.

Read Full Article Here

Majority of Americans now oppose Afghan war: poll

Top soldier: US forces lack credibility in Afghanistan

Coalition strategy in Afghanistan failing, admits US

 



Jon Stewart: McCain 2008 = Bush 2000

Jon Stewart: McCain 2008 = Bush 2000

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HafijVKr1zA

 

Olbermann Smacks down the RNC over 9/11 Tribute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw1vEzqld0I

 

Iraq Veterans Against the War protester at RNC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGscsnUSBYQ

 



McCain Admits Supporting Illegal Immigration Bill

McCain Admits Supporting Illegal Immigration Bill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpgVdPjXBoQ

 

Code Pink Interrupts John McCain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QeXSMHXMVc

Conservative paper calls McCain a liar
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/..cord-to-woo-hispanics/

’McCain is mentally unstable and out of control’ : Arizona Republicans
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070305/blumenthal

McCain: It doesn’t matter that I don’t know cost of gas
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/McCain_It_doesnt_matter_that_I_0629.html

Fmr. Bush aide takes over McCain campaign
http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0..oday_operation.html

 



Billions In Defense Spending Unchecked

Billions In Defense Spending Unchecked

AP
May 27, 2008

Pentagon auditors say billions of dollars in military spending is going unchecked because they are having trouble keeping pace with the ever-expanding defense budget and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a recent report, the Defense Department inspector general estimates that nearly half of the military’s $316 billion weapons budget went unchecked last year because the IG’s office lacked the manpower. Whereas 10 years ago when a single auditor would have reviewed some $642 million in defense contracts, individual investigators are now charged with auditing more than $2 billion in spending.

The IG also has been stretching its staff to investigate corruption and fraud cases overseas, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan where the military is hiring contractors to help run operations.

“The continual degradation of audit resources that is occurring at a time when the (Defense Department) budget is growing larger leaves the department more vulnerable to fraud, waste, and, abuse and undermines the department’s mission,” the report states.

“Our coverage of high-risk areas and defense priorities is weakened and will continue to be weakened by insufficient personnel to accomplish our statutory duties,” it adds.

The March assessment was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group based in Washington.

In this year’s budget, Congress approved an additional $24 million for the IG office to improve contract oversight. According to the IG, it will need another major boost—$25 million more than President Bush requested—to meet its requirements in 2009.

The IG says it plans to hire some 481 new personnel in the next seven years, expanding to more than 1,900 full-time employees.


Mullen Warns Military To Stay Out Of Politics

http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=13196027

Wartime PTSD Cases Jumped Near 50%
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20..nZOLTheFc5qm06CvVXFUuWwvIE

Tony Blair is barracked over Iraq by students at Yale
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10…d-Iraq-students-Yale.html

Iran: US conning Iraqis into slavery
http://www.euronews.net/index.php?page=info&article=488826&lng=1#

Pentagon Cannot Account For $15 Billion
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-..R2008052203751_pf.html

Petraeus confirmation interrupted by Code Pink protesters
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Petra..upted_by_Code_Pink_0522.html

Increased U.S. airstrikes in Iraq killing more civilians
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/U.S._airstrike_kills_8_Iraqi_civilians_0523.html

 



Hillary: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”

Hillary: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”

AFP
April 22, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJ2jbXasNg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXZBlT0N-B8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz6X7x_-y7E

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton threatened to “obliterate” Iran if it launches a nuclear attack on Israel, in an interview broadcast Tuesday.

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran,” Clinton told ABC News, asked what she would do as president were Iran to launch a nuclear attack on Israel.

“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

The tough talk came just prior to Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary, a key milestone in the marathon Democratic nominations race pitting Clinton against her rival Senator Barack Obama.

Clinton must win the Pennsylvania primary, but she needs to do more than simply scrape past Obama to rescue her trailing White House bid, pundits say.

Obama’s camp Monday accused Clinton of trying to scare voters, as she rocked their White House race with a dark campaign ad featuring images of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden.

The ad uses pictures of Pearl Harbor, bin Laden and the devastating 2005 hurricane that swamped New Orleans, mirroring the “3:00 am phone call” spot credited with helping Clinton to win in Texas and Ohio last month.

“You need to be ready for anything — especially now, with two wars, oil prices skyrocketing and an economy in crisis,” the male narrator intones. “Who do you think has what it takes?”

Both Democrats have vowed to defend Israel against any Iranian attack, but they differ on how to engage the Islamic republic over its nuclear ambitions.

Both call for diplomacy, but Obama has gone further, renewing a promise of “direct talks” at a leaders’ level with Tehran and others the United States regards as foes, at a candidate debate here last week.

Iran should be presented with “carrots and sticks,” the Illinois senator said, while stressing “they should also know that I will take no options off the table when it comes to preventing them from using nuclear weapons or obtaining nuclear weapons.”

At the debate, he said: “An (Iranian) attack on Israel is an attack on our strongest ally in the region, one whose security we consider paramount.”

“That would be an act of aggression that I would consider unacceptable, and the United States would take appropriate action.”

Hillary Clinton on COUNTDOWN with Keith Olbermann: Video and transcript
http://mparent7777-1.blogspot.com/2008/04/..untdown-with-keith.html

Clinton dramatically rewrites US nuclear weapons policy in the Middle East, then her staff says “never mind”
http://www.americablog.com/2008/04/hillary-dramatically-rewrites-us.html

British minister says Clinton’s ‘obliterate’ Iran tone imprudent
http://www.spacewar.com/2006/080423162446.qhk75inb.html

Hillary’s Lies About Iraq Vote Caught On Tape
http://sweetness-light.com/archive/hillary-clintons-lies-about-iraq-caught-on-video-tape

 



Fox Host Says Dissenters Should Be Tased


Fox Host Says Dissenters Should Be Tased

Kilmead laments that people who confront politicians aren’t “beaten to a pulp,” as establishment continues to sell war on anyone who disagrees with authority

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
November 20, 2007

During a discussion about a Code Pink member heckling Hillary Clinton at a recent event, Fox News host Brian Kilmead said that people who confront politicians are “threatening” and should be Tased or “beaten to a pulp,” as the establishment media continues to sell the idea that anyone who disagrees with authority should be brutally punished.

A segment on the Fox and Friends morning show yesterday turned into an opportunity for Kilmead to share his dictatorial fetish that dissenters be dealt with in the proper manner, as footage aired of Clinton’s heckler being removed from the event by security.

“They should Tase this guy,” Kilmead says. “At one point with security so high and tensions on edge, don’t you think they’re going to get at the very least Tased or beaten to a pulp by somebody? These people look threatening.”

Watch the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj94zmK9JKk

A number of other recent high profile public confrontations were reeled off, some of which involved We Are Change members, to paint a picture of a growing threat that needed to be quashed.

As the screams of tasered University of Florida student Andrew Meyer played in the background, the presenters seemed to react with glee, after which Kilmead concluded, “I would be for Tasing anyone in Code Pink,” adding “I’m pro-Pink Tasing.”

As we have reported in-depth, this is all part of an intimidation campaign to silence dissent as the apparatus of the police state turns against anyone who questions authority.

Since Tasing is all part of “pain compliance,” otherwise known as torture, why not go the whole hog and waterboard these potential terrorists? After all, if Ron Paul supporters are a terrorist threat, as CNN’s Glenn Beck has so enthusiastically pushed recently, then how far should we go to protect America?

If it was good enough for the Nazis to torture their political foes then it’s good enough for us, as Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz made clear last week.

“There are some who claim that torture is a nonissue because it never works — it only produces false information,” wrote Dershowitz in the Wall Street Journal. “This is simply not true, as evidenced by the many decent members of the French Resistance who, under Nazi torture, disclosed the locations of their closest friends and relatives.”

Wonderful – forget about those antiquated Geneva Conventions – let’s use what the Nazis did as a role model for how to conduct ourselves and see where it gets us.

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!

 



Hillary heckled by protester in Los Angeles

Clinton heckled by protester at Los Angeles environmental forum

Raw Story
November 19, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiRBQqIEgm8

A Clinton campaign stop in Los Angeles was interrupted by Code Pink peace activist Tyghe Berry on Saturday.

Asks Berry of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), shortly before being ejected from the Wadsworth Theater: “How can you say you’re for the environment when you are always voting for war?”

Asks Sen. Clinton in response: “Were you invited to speak here this afternoon?”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Senator John Edwards (D-NC) also spoke at the forum, sponsored by Grist Magazine and Public Radio International. Other candidates from both major parties were also invited, but only Clinton, Edwards and Kucinich accepted.

The three candidates, reports MyFox Los Angeles with video, and Marc Cooper at the the Huffington Post, gave their stances on environmental issues, especially global warming and energy conservation.

Fox News host ‘for Tasing anyone in Code Pink’ after Hillary heckled
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Fox_host_for_tasing_anyone_in_1119.html

Hillary Clinton Heckled During Forum on Global Warming in Los Angeles
http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/page…ode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

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