Eisenhower’s Words of Warning

In the last speech President Dwight D. Eisenhower ever made as President of the United States, he offered up words of wisdom and of warning. This speech was likely the most controversial of his career, much of it quite prophetic. Here was a man who had experienced war, understood the cost, and knew the importance of avoiding it at all costs. His words still hold meaning and impact for the nation today.

It’s disturbing to me that those in Washington DC who would take this country to war(s), and KEEP this country in a constant state of war, have never SEEN or experienced war first hand or made any personal sacrifice of their own. They’ve only seen the benefits to their portfolios and gratitude from their corporate cronies. The men (the generals) who have experienced war up close and personal, and who have advised this president against his chosen path, have been disregarded, discredited, or replaced.

We have a President who spent a year AWOL from his Air Guard duty, a Vice-President with five deferments, a Secretary of State who has never served, and they are getting their plans for a “New Way Forward” from neo-conservative think tanks run by people who have never served in the military or experienced war in any capacity. These people should not be making decisions on behalf of our entire nation, with the cost being so dear, and so immense: the blood of our young men and women, our treasure, and the goodwill of the entire planet.

With the cost of nearly one million lives lost in Iraq, we now occupy their country, which is in shambles and civil war. We still don’t know the reasons why we are really there, as they change from month to month, speech to speech. Now we are told we will be in Iraq for a years to come. It is time for America to wake up and put a stop to this.

I thought it might be a nice thing to revisit the speech President Eisenhower offered the nation on that day in January of 1961. I was reminded of his words of warning this morning.
(Thanks Thom Hartmann..)
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VA Studies: PTSD Care Inconsisent

From McClatchy:

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs, which touts its special programs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in returning soldiers, spends little on those programs in some parts of the country, and some of its efforts fail to meet some of the VA’s own goals, according to internal reports obtained by McClatchy Newspapers.

In fiscal year 2006, the reports show, some of the VA’s specialized PTSD units spent a fraction of what the average unit did. Five medical centers — in California, Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin — spent about $100,000 on their PTSD clinical teams, less than one-fifth the national average.

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The VA’s treatment of PTSD is effective, but many VA hospitals failed to meet the agency’s goals regarding treatment.  Why is this an option?  The VA needs to heed the warning signs, and get their hospitals on the same page.

Fed Cuts Interest Rates to 4.75%

via: BBC News

US interest rate-setters have decided to cut rates for the first time since mid-2006, from 5.25% to 4.75%, more than had been expected. Analysts had expected the Federal Reserve to cut rates to prevent a housing market downturn and the”credit crunch” from denting the economy.

By making money cheaper to borrow, people can spend and invest more, revitalising the economy, they say.

I read this article this morning from GlobalResearch that seemed really strange. Does anyone else feel like something weird is happening?

(Photo used by permission – by Dan Smith)

Foreclosures soaring

U.S. home foreclosures soared in August

New data suggest homeowners can’t make mortgage payments

From AP via MSNBC
The story notes that “The number of foreclosure filings reported in the U.S. last month more than doubled versus August 2006 and jumped 36 percent from July…”
The rate of increase in foreclosures is going to have a ripple effect that is signalling recession.

ElBaradei’s Words of Warning..

On my drive into the city this morning I was listening to Thom Hartmann’s program on the radio. He was discussing all the warnings in the recent press concerning the looming threat of a military strike Iran and the increase in drum-beating going on.

This morning I found a number of articles from a variety of sources (US, Great Britain, Iran, and Pakistan) concerning the comments made by Mohamed ElBaradei, who runs the International Atomic Energy Agency , when he spoke in Vienna on Monday outside a 144-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which he heads.
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ACLU Comes to Sen Craig’s Defense

From McClatchy, by Erika Bolstad

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a friend-of-the court brief on behalf of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, saying Minneapolis airport police violated his Constitutional right of free speech in charging him with disorderly conduct after arresting him in an airport men’s room.

The ACLU filed its brief in the same Minnesota court where Craig is hoping to withdraw a guilty plea in connection with soliciting sex from an undercover police officer in the men’s room of the Minneapolis airport. The Idaho conservative, who rarely counts the civil liberties group as an ally, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26. (emphasis added)

Ohhhh, the irony….

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Restoring Habeus Corpus

from Firedoglake

The Constitution Needs Your Help Today
By Christy Hardin Smith

Let’s hit the phones this morning, people. The Habeas Restoration Act is being put forth again — by Sens. Leahy and Dodd, among others — and they are asking for our help. Please call your Senators this morning and tell them to support Amendment S. 2202 (same text as the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act (S.185)) to the DOD Auth bill (HR 1585). You can call toll free here (H/T to Katymine):

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

Every single Senator needs to hear from their constituents today. Word is that Sen. Lindsey Graham has threatened to mount a filibuster of this bill — nice way to stand up for basic human rights, there, Huckleberry — so it is essential that your Senators hear from you today. Cloture has been filed on the Amendment — so we need 60 votes to move it forward.
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This is SO important. Go read Christy’s post and call your Senators today!

Bush Setting Up America For War With Iran


By Philip Sherwell and Tim Shipman
The Telegraph UK

Tuesday 17 September 2007
via: Truthout.org

Senior American intelligence and defence officials believe that President George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, amid growing fears among serving officers that diplomatic efforts to slow Iran’s nuclear weapons programme are doomed to fail.

Pentagon and CIA officers say they believe that the White House has begun a carefully calibrated programme of escalation that could lead to a military showdown with Iran. Now it has emerged that Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution, is prepared to settle her differences with Vice-President Dick Cheney and sanction military action.

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Can you hear those drums beating louder? Can this still be stopped before it is too late?

New article posted on Truthout called “Drumbeat for Attack on Iran Grows Louder” by Thomas B. Edsall (originally posted on Huffington Post). That article is followed by another article called “In Bush Speech, Signs of Split on Iran Policy” by Helene Cooper of The New York Times.

Photo used by permission – by Santa Brígida

Student Tasered for Asking Question

John Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida. This is what the official story says:

“GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 18) – A University of Florida student was Tasered and arrested after trying to ask U.S. Senator John Kerry about the 2004 election and other subjects during a campus forum.”

If you watch the video the student gets arrested after asking Kerry if it’s true that he and George Bush were members of the same “secret society” meaning Skull and Bones at Yale.  Apparently the police didn’t like that question.  John Kerry proves he’s as good at thinking on his feet as Bush is.
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