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Volume III, Number 11: 23 March 2003

This Week's Articles:

Through the American Looking Glass

Paul Corrigan

I have President Bush, and his compassionate conservatism, to thank for the following revelations.

God loves America. America's interest equals justice.

The world should love America and fear America. America is all-powerful. The people and countries of the world must submit to America's will or risk America's wrath.

The Fight for America's Soul

Tim Francis-Wright

The full-fledged war against Iraq has finally begun. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have rightly joined millions of citizens worldwide in protesting the morality and legality of the actions of the Bush administration. Bolstering their numbers are majorities in European polls and substantial minorities in American polls that share their displeasure. Even in America, many self-described supporters of the war are nonetheless uneasy with the zeal for war that George Bush and his administration have shown.

So many aspects of the war in Iraq could redound poorly for the United States, for Iraq and its neighbors, or for peace in general. But Iraq could be just one aspect of a wider struggle. Important men who advise the Bush administration from both within and without see the war against Iraq as just the first installment of a number of battles. Their vision is more consistent with the empires of yore, empires now rued in the history books, than with the promise of democracy. The anti-war movement must ensure that Iraq does not become the new paradigm for American foreign policy.

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Last Week's Articles:

Strange Bedfellows

Paul Corrigan

The old adage about politics making strange bedfellows hit me twice last week as I snuggled up under the covers with both Pat Buchanan and Billy Bulger. I did not seek out these relationships, but I woke up in them. Despite the discomfort that these relationships instill in me, I won't be taking any political walks of shame. A broken clock is right twice a day, and Pat Buchanan and Billy Bulger were right last week in their public statements. Buchanan was right when he exposed the "War Party" in the Bush administration, its exploitation of 9/11, and its failed policies. Bulger was right when he defended the University of Massachusetts against elitism and budget cuts.

The Wrong Man for the Wrong War at the Wrong Time

Tim Francis-Wright

Tonight, President Bush made a televised address outlining the rationale for starting a full-scale war on Iraq. Anyone worried about any deviation from form can relax. In his address, Bush fell back upon his old mainstays of cant, obfuscation, and lies.

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Links of the Week

  • Perle, Interrupted: The more you know about Richard Perle, the less there is to like (Eric Alterman, The Nation).
  • America's Image in the World: Robert Byrd rails for posterity against the lunacy of the Bush administration (Congressional Record [speech extends into next page]).
  • Bush Bets All He Has: George Bush has taken an enormous geopolitical gamble, and done it from a fundamentally weak position (Immanuel Wallerstein, Binghamton University).
  • The Other America: The United States is not the monolith many Arabs presume it to be (Edward Said, Al-Ahram Weekly).
  • Who Lost the US Budget?: The Bush tax cuts are directly responsible for America's long-term fiscal blues (Paul Krugman, New York Times).
  • The Nightmare World of a Paranoid President: George Bush's speech last week provided an alarming insight into his global vision (Mary Dejevsky, The Independent).
  • Power Tool: The Tomohawk cruise missile changed the way America thinks about war (Oliver Burkemann, The Guardian).
  • North Korea's Nuclear Program, 2003: Here is an authoritative summary of the North Korean nuclear weapons program (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).

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Fact of the Week

On 18 March 2003, the British House of Commons debated for ten hours the proposition that military action against Iraq was necessary. On the same day, the United States House and Senate spent no time debating that question. In the Senate, the impending war was only mentioned in passing during a leisurely debate on next year's budget. Meanwhile, the Senate managed to take time to praise the University of Vermont men's basketball team.

In the House, Iraq was the immediate subject of three one-minute speeches soon after the beginning of the day at 12:30 p.m. and three five-minute speeches in the evening after most members had left town. Much of the actual debate for the day concerned the proposition that stoning people to death was bad (House Concurrent Resolution 26).

Hansard Debates texts, 18 March 2003;
Congressional Record, House of Representatives, 18 March 2003;
Congressional Record, Senate, 18 March 2003.


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