Do We Have The Courage To Stop War With Iran?

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By Ray McGovern
(former CIA Analyst)
Friday 31 August 2007

“Why do I feel like the proverbial skunk at a Labor Day picnic? Sorry; but I thought you might want to know that this time next year there will probably be more skunks than we can handle. I fear our country is likely to be at war with Iran – and with the thousands of real terrorists Iran can field around the globe. President George W. Bush’s speech Tuesday lays out the Bush/Cheney plan to attack Iran and how the intelligence is being “fixed around the policy,” as was the case before the attack on Iraq.
It is going to happen, folks, unless we put our lawn chairs away on Tuesday, take part in some serious grass-roots organizing, and take action to prevent a wider war – while we still can.” (excerpt)

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An Embassy the Size of the Vatican

From the London Times:

“Baghdad is a city
of ruins – of burnt-out homes, of shops wrecked by suicide bombs, of the crumbling shells of Saddam-era palaces and ministries destroyed by smart bombs in the US invasion of 2003.

There is one notable exception. It is probably the only big new building project in the capital in the past four years. It is the new US Embassy on the west bank of the Tigris which the contractors will transfer to the US Government officially today.”

This 104 acre, $600,000,000 fortress makes a statement about American priorities and intentions.

Rove: Bush Will Be Remembered as a “Far-Sighted Leader”

From ThinkProgress:

Karl Rove, in a piece written for National Review:

President Bush will be viewed as a far-sighted leader who confronted the key test of the 21st century.

He will be judged as a man of moral clarity who put America on wartime footing in the dangerous struggle against radical Islamic terrorism. […]

President Bush will be seen as a compassionate leader who used America’s power for good. […]

I have come to understand true leadership leans into the wind. It tackles big challenges with uncertain outcomes rather than taking on simple, sure tasks. It does what is right, regardless of what the latest poll or focus group says. History demands much of America and its leaders and I am confident it will judge the 43rd president as a man more than worthy of the great office the American people twice entrusted to him.

Give me a frickin’ break!

Raw look at Iraq war sobers Venice film fest

A US film laying bare the ugly reality of the Iraq war seared the big screen at the Venice film festival on Friday, with director Brian De Palma saying he hoped it would help end America’s military occupation.
“The pictures are what will stop the war,” De Palma told a news conference after the press screening of the movie, “Redacted”.Centering on the actual March 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi schoolgirl by US soldiers who also slaughtered three family members, the film is a response to what De Palma sees as sanitised media accounts of the war seen in the United States.

IMDB for Redacted