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Addicted to War [1] explains…

Addicted to War, by Joel AndreasAddicted to War explains clearly, in comic book format, why the U.S. persists in having war after war after war.  From “Manifest Destiny” to Iraq, The Sequel.  A pretty picture it ain’t, but it’s done with humor, and with meticulous documentation. 

It explores the same areas as Chomsky and Howard Zinn, but is a quick read and easy to understand. 

All the quotes are real.  Sample, Ambassador W.H. Page in 1917 said we should declare war on Germany because it was “the only way of maintaining our present pre-eminent trade status”.   I mean, you just can’t make this stuff up!

The book was originally published in ’93 in the Gulf War era, sold 7,000 copies, then disappeared until a year ago when activist Frank Dorrel found a copy, tracked down the author, and raised the money for a re-printing.  It looks like the first run of 20,000 will sell out quickly.  64 pages, price is a low $8.  Bulk rates are even less.

Do that funky perp walk,…

Do that funky perp walk, white boy

Fastow may plea bargain to protect wife

As Enron Task Force prosecutors close in on former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, his wife may also be caught in the net.

Since Michael Kopper, Fastow’s chief lieutenant, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering Aug. 21, prosecutors have frozen some financial accounts belonging to both the Fastows, claiming the millions of dollars in them were the proceeds of crime. The house they were building in River Oaks is also a target for seizure.

Legal experts say much of the pressure on Fastow springs from consideration of what could happen to his wife, Lea. Prosecutors commonly use the possibility of criminal charges against a spouse, partner or associate to pressure the other.

Chris Matthews blasts Iraq war…

Chris Matthews blasts Iraq war

The San Francisco Chronicle runs Chris Matthews’ last column today, in which he leaves readers with this final word: “I hate this war that’s coming in Iraq. I don’t think we’ll be proud of it. Oppose this war because it will create a millennium of hatred and the suicidal terrorism that comes with it.” You’ll still be able to find Matthews on Hardball, his weblog, and a new NBC Sunday morning political show. [Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire]

Will someone please wake up…

Will someone please wake up the Democrats?

The Guardian on the ineptness of the Democrats to do anything about Bush and his Iraq war plans – plans which have alienated most of the planet.

But the official opposition is inaudible. In 2000 a plurality of Americans voted to put into the White House a man whose knowledge of, and commitment to, environmental issues was unparalleled in presidential history. Yet out of funk, Al Gore spent the campaign pretending he knew nothing, and cared less. The planet? Oh, that old thing!

The Democrats are now worse than ever. They have almost a dozen possible candidates for the presidency in 2004. One of them, Joe Lieberman, has tried to out-hawk the Pentagon over Iraq; nearly all the others, Gore included, have just squirmed. The leadership of the opposition appears to have reverted to the president’s father, acting through his surrogates. It is easier to fathom the workings of the Tikriti clan. The informed scepticism has come from unelected quasi-politicians (including three of the last four secretaries of state) and a regiment of ex-generals. Among them is Anthony Zinni, last heard of a few months ago when he had the thankless task of being Bush’s envoy to the Middle East. “We need to quit making enemies that we don’t need to make enemies out of,” he said. Well, yes, that was an old rule of diplomacy.

The Democrats, of course, are terrified that their patriotism will be impugned; that some nasty old rightwinger like Bill O’Reilly of Fox News will say horrid things about them. Someone needs to tell the American people the truth: that whether or not the Iraq policy is right, the government’s methods of making its case have been staggeringly inept. Bush says he will “consult”. But he is so deeply committed rhetorically that he can only pull back from here with extreme loss of face. If he is faced with a choice between starting an unnecessary war and looking an indecisive prat, we can guess which way Bush will jump.

If the war happens, will the Democrats still be slumbering?