Progressive Calendar 10.02.07
From: David Shove (
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 03:04:26 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    10.02.07

1. Local small biz  10.03 11am
2. Refugee women    10.03 12noon
3. Holman Field     10.03 5:30pm
4. Living green     10.03 6pm
5. GP workshops     10.03 6:30pm
6. Torture/panel    10.03 7pm
7. Transport        10.03 7pm

8. NWN4P NewHope    10.04 4:30pm
9. Eagan vigil      10.04 4:30pm
10. Northtown vigil 10.04 5pm
11. CriticalMass/$  10.04 6pm
12. Peace church    10.04 7pm

13. Lydia/Don/KFAI  10.05 11am
14. Ffffunch        10.05 11:30am
15. CritMass/farm   10.05 5pm
16. Thoreau event   10.05 7pm
17. War Made Easy/f 10.05 7pm
18. After disaster  10.05 7:30pm

19. Roger Burbach - Historic victory in Ecuador
20. PC Roberts    - From Iraq to Burma hypocrisy rules the West

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From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at]>
Subject: Local small biz 10.03 11am

Minneapolis, 106.7 in St. Paul, streaming online at <>
CALL IN: 612-341-0980.
Homegrown Companies Survive the Big Box Big Boys?
It may be up to you.

 *  NANCY BREYMEIER, St. Paul Investment Counselor and President of the
    Metro Independent Business Alliance
 *  JEFF WARNER, President, Warner&#8217;s Stellian Appliance Stores, St.
 *  (PAPA) JOHN KOLSTAD, Minneapolis music-maker and Lake Street retailer

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From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at]>
Subject: Refugee women 10.03 12noon

American Refugee Committee Events
2007 Minnesota Human Rights Week: ARC Events

Brownbag Lunch at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis --ARC and the Woman's
Club of Minneapolis present this Brownbag Lunch on: Using Video as a Tool
to Empower Survivors of Gender-Based Violence. Connie Kamara, ARC Senior
Technical Advisor for Global Health, will talk about the different
approaches taken to advance women's health through a human rights
approach.  Kamara - recently returned from Darfur, Sudan - will highlight
community-based video and show footage from ARC's
internationally-recognized participatory video project "Through Our Eyes".
After the brownbag lunch, please join us for a tour of ARC's World
Headquarters Office, located just next door to the Woman's Club of

Wednesday, October 3, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis/ (Parking
Information: The Woman's Club has two parking lots on Oak Grove Street.
One is located next to the club, and the other is east and across the

RSVP by calling Beth Schmieg at (612) 607-6485 or emailing rsvp [at]
<mailto:rsvp [at]> .

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From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at]>
From: dimond
Subject: Holman Field 10.03 5:30pm

October 3rd
Rescheduled Public Hearing on Holman Field - Public Access and Vegetation
5:30 PM
Saint Paul City Council Chambers
[airport boondoggle]

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From: "Susan Hensel Design,LLC" <Susan_Hensel_Design_LLC [at]>
Subject: Living green 10.03 6pm

Wednesday October 3
Living Green Block Talk!

Do you have a challenged lawn? Too much shade? too much sun? too little
time to pick dandelions?  Join us Wednesday October 3, at 6:00 pm for the
latest in a series of free Living Green Block Talks and discover how to
turn your challenged lawn into an organic urban oasis!

Join Russ Henry and Susan Hensel Wednesday October 3rd at 6:00 PM, for a
Living Green Block Talk at the Susan Hensel Gallery located at 3441 Cedar
Ave.S We will discuss soil health, edible shade gardening, the use of
native plants and everyone's favorite topic COMPOST!  This is a free
event!  If you are a Corcoran Neighborhood resident, there are valuable
incentives available. Everyone is welcome.

Food, compliments of Chatterbox Cafe.

Living Green Block Talks is a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood
Organization (CNO) and Alliance for Sustainability with support from the
City of Minneapolis and the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board.

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From: PRO826 [at]
Subject: GP workshops 10.03 6:30pm

Introduction to the Green Party
Start: Oct 3 2007 - 6:30pm
End: Oct 3 2007 - 8:00pm

Learn about our ten key values and more, such as the history, structure
and current organization of the party. Discuss the need for participation
by third parties who take no corporate or PAC money.

Every first Wednesday of the month, at the state party office:
2395  University Ave W. #224, St. Paul
Contact Ken Pentel
_KenPentel [at] yahoo.com_ (mailto:KenPentel [at]

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Torture/film/panel 10.03 7pm

Wednesday, 10/3, 7 pm, Center for the Victims of Torture presents film
"The Secret Life of Words" about a young torture survivor making her way
after unspeakable trauma, with discussion afterward led by Douglas
Johnson, Dr Rosa Garcia-Peltoniemi and Dr Steven Miles, 3M Auditorium,
Carlson School of Management, U of M West Bank, 321 - 19th Ave S, Mpls.

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From: M Charles Swope <mcswope [at]>
Subject: Transport 10.03 7pm

Here's chance to discuss regional transportation issues or hear others do
so. Sponsored by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance. One meeting will
be held in White Bear Lake at 7pm on Oct. 3. Details at:

White Bear Lake Best Western White Bear Country Inn
4940 Highway 61 N

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P NewHope 10.04 4:30pm

NWN4P-New Hope demonstration every Thursday 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of
Winnetka and 42nd.  You may park near Walgreens or in the larger lot near
McDonalds; we will be on all four corners.  Bring your own or use our

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 10.04 4:30pm

CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest
corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs
and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends
south of the river speaking out against war.

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From: EKalamboki [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 10.04 5pm

NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy
10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine.

Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View,
New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park,
Fridley, and Coon Rapids.  We'll have extra signs.

For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or
email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at]

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From: Isaac Peter <isaacspeter [at]>
Subject: CritMass/$raise 10.04 6pm

There is going to be a community meeting at the Walker Community Church on
October 4th at 6PM (3104 16th Ave. S.  Minneapolis, MN 55407) to start
organizing a fundraiser to help the people arrested at the Critical Mass
bike ride pay any fees they may have to pay. We need as many people as
possible to show up to give input and help with the actual fundraiser so
if there is anyway you can come, please do!

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Peace church 10.04 7pm

Thursday, 10/4, 7 pm, Every Church a Peace Church hosts the National Board
of Directors with a reception and then a preview of the play "A Just War
Review," DANEBO, one block south of Lake St, juist off River Road, Mpls.

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Lydia/Don/KFAI 10.05 11am

Friday, Oct. 5, 11am  KFAI Radio's HOUR OF POWER

11am CATALYST:politics & culture produced/hosted by Lydia Howell
YOUR FREE SPEECH--USE it--or LOSE it! A collage of inspiring voices
raising issues of dissent in our time.

11:30 am NORTHERN SUN NEWS hosted/produced by Don Olson
A live conversation with KEVIN BARRETT, Professor at University of
Wisconsin/Madison, talking about the September 11th attacks and the
questions that remain, as more and more of "the official story" unravels.

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From: David Shove <shove001 [at]>
Subject: Ffffunch 10.05 11:30am

First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives.
Informal political talk and hanging out.

Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul.

Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is
close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines

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From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at]>
Subject: CritMass/farmworker 10.05 5pm

Critical Mass to support Farmworkers!
Friday, October 5, 5pm
Meet at Burger King at UofM Campus
925 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls

Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for Burger King work in sweatshop conditions
- 30 years of stagnant wages, no right to organize or to overtime pay, and
no benefits at all.  Taco Bell and McD's has agreed to pay more for their
tomatoes to ensure better wages and working conditions for the workers -
Burger King is refusing to do the same.

Join the national actions to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
(CIW) in their growing campaign against Burger King.  We will bike past 3
Burger Kings, ending at the BK at 33rd and Nicollet at 6:30pm.  For more
information, contact Gabriel Ortiz, 651-307-0097

For more info, see:

Fair food that respects human rights,
not fast food that exploits human beings.

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Thoreau event 10.05 7pm

Friday, October 5 - [Baseball Scam] Hall
7:00 P.M.    Thoreau's Reading of Nature and the Naturalists: Tom
Potter, President of the Thoreau Society, writer/naturalist/photographer
from Martinsville, IN
Reception to follow: Sponsored by Walden University

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: War Made Easy/f 10.05 7pm

The Oak Street Cinema will screen War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits
Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007) Oct. 5 through Oct. 7 with additional
shows on Tues., Oct. 9, and Thurs., Oct. 11. The film willscreen twice
nightly, at 7 and 8:45 p.m., with a Sat. and Sun. matinee at5:30 p.m.

War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year
pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United
States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor
and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of
official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing
in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically
disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential

War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam War
and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomonšs meticulous
research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples
of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage
of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including
Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara,
dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and
Morley Safer.

The Oak Street Cinema is located 309 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis, just off
the corner of Oak St. S.E. and Washington Avenue. Plenty of street/meter
parking ­ which expires after 8 p.m. ­ is available. Also, the Oak
Street parking ramp is available, located a half block south from the
theater. Tickets are general admission $6, seniors and students $5, and
Minnesota Film Arts Members $4. Matinee prices are $4 general and $3 for

Running Time: 72 minutes
English subtitles

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From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at]>
Subject: After disaster 10.05 7:30pm

MAGERS AND QUINN PRESS RELEASE : For Immediate Distribution :

JAMES DAWES discusses his book THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW (Harvard University
Press) 7:30 pm Friday, October 5 at MAGERS AND QUINN BOOKSELLERS

After the worst thing in the world happens, then what? What is left to the
survivors, the witnesses, those who tried to help? What can we do to
prevent more atrocities from happening in the future, and to stop the ones
that are happening right now? That the World May Know tells the powerful
and moving story of the successes and failures of the modern human rights

Drawing on firsthand accounts from fieldworkers around the world, the book
gives a painfully clear picture of the human cost of confronting
inhumanity in our day. There is no dearth of such stories to tell, and
James Dawes begins with those that emerged from the Rwandan genocide. Who,
he asks, has the right to speak for the survivors and the dead, and how
far does that right go? How are these stories used, and what does this
tell us about our collective moral future? His inquiry takes us to a range
of crises met by a broad array of human rights and humanitarian

Here we see from inside the terrible stresses of human rights work, along
with its curious seductions, and the myriad paradoxes and quandaries it
presents. With pathos, compassion, and a rare literary grace, this book
interweaves personal stories, intellectual and political questions, art
and aesthetics, and actual "news" to give us a compelling picture of
humanity at its conflicted best, face-to-face with humanity at its worst.

James Dawes is associate professor of English and American Literature at
Macalester College, Saint Paul Minnesota. He lives in Saint Paul with his

For further information, contact: David Unowsky 612/822-4611
davidu [at]
55408 612-822-4611

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Left Triumphs, Nation's Institutions to be Transformed
Historic Victory in Ecuador
October 1, 2007

"We have won an historic victory," proclaimed President Rafael Correa of
Ecuador. On Sunday the political coalition he heads won an overwhelming
majority of the seats in the Constituent Assembly that is tasked with
"refounding" the nation's institutions. Taking office early this year in a
land slide victory, Correa has repeatedly called for an opening to a "new
socialism of the twenty- first century," declaring that Ecuador has to end
"the perverse system that has destroyed our democracy, our economy and our
society." His government marks the emergence of a radical anti-neoliberal
axis in South America, comprising Venezuela, Bolivia and now Ecuador.
 [[Now if we could only join them.]]

"The Assembly elections are a devastating blow for the oligarchs and the
right wing political parties who have historically pulled the strings on a
corrupt state that includes Congress and the Supreme Court," says
Alejandro Moreano, a sociologist and political analyst at the Andean
University Simon Bolivar in Quito. Even Michel Camdesseus, the former
director of the International Monetary Fund, once commented that Ecuador
is characterized "by an incestuous relation between bankers,
political-financial pressure groups and corrupt government officials."

The victory in the Constituent Assembly is the result of years of
agitation and struggle by Ecuador's indigenous and social movements along
with an unorganized, largely middle-class movement of people known as the
"forajidos," an Ecuadoran term meaning outlaws or bandits who rebel
against the established system. In March when the Congress and the right
wing political parties tried to sabotage the elections for the Assembly,
tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Quito, blocking
the entrances to Congress and backing the disbarment of the Congressional
members who wanted to suppress the elections.

The "Country Movement," the popular political coalition lead by Correa,
will convene the Assembly at the end of October. Its charge is to draft a
new constitution that will break up the dysfunctional state, establish a
plurinational, participatory democracy, reclaim Ecuadoran sovereignty, and
use the state to create social and economic institutions that benefit the
people. One of its first acts will be to abolish the existent Congress.

The Assembly will also facilitate an international realignment of
Ecuador's international relations. The Correa government has already moved
assertively in its relations with the United States. Mara Fernanda
Espinosa, the dynamic Minister of Foreign Relations, declared that Ecuador
intends to close the U.S. military base located at Manta, the largest of
its kind on South America's Pacific coast. "Ecuador is a sovereign
nation," she said. "We do not need any foreign troops in our country." The
treaty for the base expires in 2009 and will not be renewed.

Thus far there have been no direct confrontations with the United States,
but the Pentagon has manifested its displeasure. Every year since 1959,
the US Southern Command, together with the Pacific coast nations of South
America, have undertaken joint naval exercises called Unitas. This year
they were to be hosted in Ecuador, but the United States opted to conduct
them in Colombia, its closest regional ally. Ecuador responded by
announcing it would not participate in this year's exercises, with Correa
proclaiming, "It appears the Southern Command believes we are a colony of
the United States, that our navy is just one more unit controlled by their

Correa is also standing up to Occidental Petroleum, a U.S.-based
corporation whose Ecuadoran holdings were taken over by state-owned
PetroEcuador last year for selling off some of its assets to a Canadian
company in violation of its contract with the Ecuadoran state. With the
takeover of Occidental's holdings, PetroEcuador now controls more than
half of the country's petroleum exports, which themselves account for
about 40% of Ecuador's total exports and one third of government revenues.
Correa has denounced Occidental's "lobbying" of the Bush administration to
regain its holdings. "We are not going to allow an arrogant, portentous
transnational that doesn't respect Ecuadoran laws to harm our country," he

At the same time, Ecuador is negotiating special bilateral trade and
economic agreements with presidents Chavez and Morales. Venezuela has
agreed to refine Ecuadoran oil and help fund social programs in Ecuador,
while the Bolivian government has concluded an agreement to import
foodstuffs from small- and medium-size producers in Ecuador. Correa has
also signed several petroleum accords with Venezuela, of which the most
important is a $4 billion project for a refinery backed by PetroEcuador
and the Venezuelan state petroleum company.

Alejandro Moreano of the Andean University worries that "that all of the
interests involved in the Country Movement may not back the tough steps
needed to end neo-liberalism and bring the banks and multinationals under
control. This will depend on the strength of popular mobilizations as the
Assembly undertakes its work." For his part Correa has repeatedly
denounced the private banks in Ecuador for their exorbitant profit-taking
and high interest rates. And he has expelled Ecuador's World Bank
representative for meddling in the country's affairs and has virtually
terminated the country's relations with the International Monetary Fund.

There is already a steady drum beat by the indigenous and popular
movements to have the Constituent Assembly take over all multinational
mining interests. In early June, the local populace in the gold-mining
southern highland province of Azuay, backed by environmental and human
rights organizations, blockaded major highways, demanding the
expropriation of the mining companies, many of which are controlled by
transnational corporations that have polluted local rivers and aquifers.
Alberto Acosta, an internationally renowned anti-neoliberal economist who
will be president of the Constituent Assembly, met with the protesters. He
told them the mining concessions couldn't be annulled outright. "This is a
task of the Constituent Assembly," he said. "It can establish a legal
framework that will enable us to revise all the concessions." This month
on October 22 a national mobilization will take place that will call upon
the Assembly to nationalize all foreign mining interests in the country.

Roger Burbach is director of the Center for the Study of the Americas
(CENSA) and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of International Studies,
University of California, Berkeley. He is co-author with Jim Tarbell of
"Imperial Overstretch: George W. Bush and the Hubris of Empire," His
latest book is: "The Pinochet Affair: State Terrorism and Global Justice."

[[As the ruling class (with the paid aid of the major parties) succeeds in
force-marching our banana republic into the New Dark Ages, it is good to
see a ray of hope somewhere else, a somewhere else that may be our future
salvation from our American Masters. -ed]]

[[And Johnny, if you're very very good, maybe you can grow up to live in
Ecuador!!  Gosh, mommy, really?? When can I huh? Huh? When can I?]]

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From Iraq to Burma
Hypocrisy Rules the West
October 1, 2007

Shame has vanished from Western "civilization." Hypocrisy has taken its

On September 28, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown could be heard on
National Public Radio decrying the use of violence against democratic
protesters by the government in Burma. Brown declared the British people's
revulsion over the violence inflicted by the Burmese government on its
people. But Brown said nothing about the violence the British government
was inflicting on Iraqis and Afghans.

George W. Bush also struck the blameless pose when he declared: "The world
is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their
freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave

Bush and Brown do not have the same sympathy for the peoples of Iraq and
Afghanistan. Neither Bush nor Brown stand in solidarity with those who are
demanding their freedom from foreign occupation by American and British
troops. Indeed, Bush and Brown, as commanders in chief, are on a killing
spree that makes the government in Burma look extremely restrained by

Why were British soldiers sent to kill Iraqis and Afghans? September 11
had nothing whatsoever to do with the UK. No doubt but that the corrupt
Tony Blair was paid off to drag the British people into Bush's Middle East
war for American/Israeli hegemony, but Brown has done nothing to terminate
Bush's use of the British military as mercenaries.

The NPR announcers also supported the Burmese people, but they, too, show
little disturbance over Bush's five-year old wars that we now know were
based entirely on lies. Al Qaeda is not the Taliban, and Iraq had no WMD.
Neither country was a threat to the US. Now that we know this, why does
the media still give Bush and Brown a free pass to use violence against
Iraqis and Afghans?

To cut to the chase, what is the difference between Bush and Brown on one
hand and the murderous Burmese government on the other? Bush and Brown are
actually worse. They pretend to be democrats concerned with what people
actually want. The Burmese government doesn't pretend to be anything but a
military dictatorship. Moreover, the Burmese government is clean by
comparison as it hasn't committed acts of naked aggression - war crimes
under the Nuremberg standard - by invading other countries and attempting
to occupy them.

Despite all the killing Bush has accomplished, he thirsts for yet more
blood. Iran is in his and Israel's sights. All indications are that Bush
is going to attack Iran. Propaganda, demonizations, and crass lies are
pouring out of the Bush regime and its media and academic propagandists
such as Columbia University president Lee Bollinger. Both parties in
Congress have lined up behind the coming attack on Iran. The despicable
senator Joe Lieberman even snuck language into a bill to give Bush the go

Who is going to stop Bush from a third war crime? Not his vice president,
Not his national security adviser, not his secretary of defense. Not his
secretary of state. Not Congress. Not the US military. Not the corporate
fat cats. Not the Israel Lobby. Not the bought and paid for "allies." Not
the anti-war movement. Not the American people. Certainly not the media.

Americans are content with whatever crimes their government commits as
long as the justification is Americans' safety.

Americans' willingness to murder others out of fear for their own safety
is a result of September 11. The antiwar movement is impotent, because it
has accepted the government's 9/11 story. To oppose a war when you accept
the government's reason for the war is an indefensible position.

The Bush regime knows that if people will believe its 9/11 story, they
will believe anything. Propaganda silences facts, and Americans fall for
one set of falsehoods after another. The alleged 9/11 hijackers all came
from countries allied with the US, principally Saudi Arabia, but Americans
believe the government's lies that Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Syria are
responsible. Americans have been convinced that without "regime change" in
these countries, the American superpower will remain helpless in face of
stateless Muslims armed with box cutters.

Americans have been brainwashed to believe that Muslims hate us for our
"freedom and democracy," whereas in fact the problem is the US
government's immoral foreign policy and interference in the internal
affairs of Muslim countries. Bush's message to the Middle East is clear:
Be a puppet state or be destroyed.

In the meantime, to prevent democracy and civil liberties from getting in
the way of making Americans safe, Bush has set aside habeas corpus, due
process, right to legal representation, privacy, and the separation of
powers mandated by the US Constitution. Otherwise, Bush says, we will lose
the "war on terror."

Bush says he has made Americans safe by ridding them of these
constitutional impediments to their safety. And once American bombs fall
on Iran and Syria, those countries will be free and democratic, too, like
Iraq and Afghanistan.

In leading Americans to this conclusion, Bush has sunk the United States
to a new low in human intelligence and morality.

[[And in the old days (pre-1980) the Dems would have done something about
it. No longer. -ed]]

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal
editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor
of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at:
PaulCraigRoberts [at]


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