Bush: Unfazed … or Unhinged?

“Mr. Bush said there was no need to hold any of his officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the aftermath…The [Washington Post] asked Mr. Bush why no one had been held responsible for wrong information about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or mistakes made after the US-led war. “‘Well, … Continue reading “Bush: Unfazed … or Unhinged?”

Let’s Not Pretend We Didn’t Know

The only thing worse than seeing endless news stories about the torture of "detainees" at U.S. prison camps like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay is seeing the word "shocking" in relation to something that we all, in our heart of hearts, knew was happening from the start. That is, unless I’m the only person in … Continue reading “Let’s Not Pretend We Didn’t Know”

Never Smile at a Crocodile II

While we’ve been seeing a lot of analyses lately regarding the divine-emperor, theocratic identity of George W. Bush, what we now need to understand is how Bush strategists have changed Americans by fashioning a new identity for the Bush/war supporter: obedient/"good" child, faithful/"good" Christian, and popular/"good" patriot. If you wonder why even thinking about losing … Continue reading “Never Smile at a Crocodile II”

Never Smile at a Crocodile

"Doc, we had a huge blowout at Thanksgiving and now the family is split between pro-war, pro-Bush and antiwar, anti-Bush factions. Some people are no longer on speaking terms. Everybody’s acting like this is some kind of civil war. Write about that – how can we get through to our pro-war relatives this Christmas?" Many … Continue reading “Never Smile at a Crocodile”

Enlist Today!

Like the drug gangs you’ve always worried about, charming military recruiters have weaseled their way into American public schools and are luring your child to what could be his death with the very things that other gangs offer: immediate cash for fast cars, a macho image to scare off bullies and impress the girls, and … Continue reading “Enlist Today!”

From Moral Individuals to Obedient Recruits … if They Survive

"When the prisoners first arrived at the camp, widely-published photographs showed them blindfolded, chained, and manacled…." – BBC News "From the time they are driven onto the base, recruits are told to keep their heads down and eyes closed. The less they know about the base’s layout, the less likely they are to try to … Continue reading “From Moral Individuals to Obedient Recruits … if They Survive”

Palestinian Girl, Interrupted

In the film Schindler’s List, there’s a scene where Nazi soldiers are coming to take the Jews out of the ghetto in which they’ve been forced to live as refugees in their own country. The soldiers look anxious and extremely "pumped up," as would be necessary for any human being ordered to carry out such … Continue reading “Palestinian Girl, Interrupted”

Thanksgiving in a Culture of Death

The other day, something quite remarkable happened. Ever since the election, news anchors warned of the “coming assault on Fallujah,” the “final clampdown,” the “major military offensive” that would put an end to the resistance in that city. Dire warnings were made for civilians to flee – civilians already weakened, exhausted and terrorized by a … Continue reading “Thanksgiving in a Culture of Death”

The ‘Christian Nation’ Bombs Again

The military machine is ravaging Fallujah in yet another “final clamp down” in neighborhoods not unlike our own. I worry about the people there who are like my mother, bedridden and on oxygen – she could never simply “leave the city,” as Allawi and his U.S. masters callously commanded women and children to do if … Continue reading “The ‘Christian Nation’ Bombs Again”