Monthly Archives: December 2007

Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. August, 2002.






Continuing the blog series on the administration push to Iraq. In August, 2002, the partly stealth, partly hype campaign is launched in deadly earnest. By this time, the White House has marshaled all the necessary think-tank support and has enlisted every significant element of the rightwing echo machine.August 1-14, 2002:   Aug. 1, 2002

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Eyewitnesses on one side, Musharraf government on the other






Two different accounts about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto: On one hand, eyewitness accounts from several independent sources that Bhutto was shot by a gunman who then blew himself up. On the other hand, Pakistani officials in Musharraf

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Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. Early July, 2002.






  In July, administration war plans proceed behind the scenes. Warnings of terrorist strikes over the July of Fourth holiday abound but are unfulfilled, with the possible exception of the Egyptian-born gunman who opens fire at the El Al Airlines desk at LAX.July 1-10, 2002:   July 1, 2002

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A Christmas Eve Wish, Hope and Plea: Help the World Abolish Land Mines






When the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan, it left Afghani roads, villages and fields sown with tens of thousands of land mines. According to the international Landmine Monitor Report for 2006,  

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Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. June, 2002.






  Summer 2002.                   The drumbeat for war commences in louder earnest from June through August 2002, with the doctrine of preemption getting boosted by the highest office in the land. The spin allies in media are apprised of their talking points and rapidly fall in line; by the end of summer, the fall offensive

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Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. Late May, 2002.






Not a good couple of weeks for the White House, forced to admit that numerous warnings before the attacks of September 11, 2001, went unheeded. Changeable and contradictory accounts come from senior government officials including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, about who heard what, and from whom. FBI Director Robert Mueller has testified before the Read More

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Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. Third week of March, 2002.






          Day 30 in continued blog series on the lead-up to invading Iraq.          March, 2002, continued:    March 13, 2002

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Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. Second week of March, 2002.






The spring campaign for war continues, intensifying around the mini-event of March 11, 2002, the six months anniversary of 9/11.March 8-11, 2002:     March 8, 2002

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Rudy Guiliani: TO ME, CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS!! TO ME!






Drawing on some hidden inner reserves of strength I never knew I had, I just watched the Des Moines Register Republican debate on MSNBC, moderated by the Register

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Leading to Iraq: High crimes and misdemeanors. Early March, 2002.






  March

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