Thursday, January 11, 2007

Guantanamo and Iraq

On the Guantánamo front, a plea from Amnesty International to get involved: Top 10 things that you can do today to CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO. After 5 years, isn't it time?

The Guardian's Newsblog posts on an online video appeal.

Reaction to the 'surge' speech and plan: Lots and lots, of course. Sheila Lennon points to Hinessight, 'the anti-drudge', for links to reactions. The headline? Americans cry: Stop Bush Now. Lots more, too, on Memeorandum, of course.

Crooks and Liars has the transcript of Keith Olbermann's latest special report on Bush's changing Iraq justifications and policies. 'Mistakes were made....'

Attytood reminds us that yesterday was also the 40th anniversary of 'e-day' (for Escalation), when Lyndon B. Johnson made a State of the Union speech announcing escalation in Vietnam. Will Bunch compares Johnson's and Bush's statements line by line...starting with:
LBJ, Jan. 10, 1967: We have chosen to fight a limited war in Vietnam in an attempt to prevent a larger war--a war almost certain to follow, I believe, if the Communists succeed in overrunning and taking over South Vietnam by aggression and by force. I believe, and I am supported by some authority, that if they are not checked now the world can expect to pay a greater price to check them later.

GWB, Jan. 10, 2007: Tonight in Iraq, the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror – and our safety here at home. The new strategy I outline tonight will change America's course in Iraq, and help us succeed in the fight against terror.

Speaking of this, points to a great graphic on Jesus General's site. So scary, especially to those of us who still remember...

Here's one, a surprising column from Sally Quinn, who grew up in a military family: The least immoral choice. In it, she remembers flying back to the U.S. in a plane full of wounded soldiers...

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  • Wow. Grrrreat scary stuff here, Liz. Oberman was right on target with his summary. He always melts things down to their primary substance. The anniversary was flat creepy scarry and I had to turn on all the lights in the house and check for ghosts. Plagerizing a ghost shame, shame George. But Sally did me in. It is the only “least immoral” thing to do. So how do we do it? Us? Those of us sitting in front of the screens watching our civilization become uncivilized. Do we carry posters and march again with flowers against this war and a corrupt administration? Those tactics seem so petty or silly or just out of date against what’s happening now. But we must do something. Someone…..please do something.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 AM  

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