"It’s worth noting that Israel continues to withhold information from the UN that would assist in clearing cluster bombs and minefields. Part of the reason is that Tel Aviv is satisfied that the unexploded munitions continue to kill and maim innocent Lebanese civilians."
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Rove (aka Turdblossom, Bush's pet name for him) has returned to center stage with renewed desire to playmake the GOP's return to power. He has plenty to say about the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, the Big Dog, the GOP's "Big Lie" practice, and his plans to destroy the Obama presidency and the Democratic Party.
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"Canadians who want to see our young out of combat duty in Afghanistan would do well to consider the New Democratic Party in the upcoming election. Given the heavy political baggage that the Conservatives and Liberals are dragging into the campaign, only the NDP can make a strong and constructive effort and support our troops by committing to bring them home on or before 2011. This will bring peace to Afghanistan much faster than the way we are trying to do it right now."
"The 9/11 Commission missed one important recommendation that we add, and that is that the US must open up to the people of the world and listen."
"....any increase of violence in Syria, domestically or by foreign interference, would have strong repercussions on Lebanon. Meanwhile, deep divisions among Lebanese about Syrian developments also remain a source of danger. The debate between the opposing Lebanese camps about repeated Syrian violations of Lebanon's sovereignty by crossing its national boundaries, along with recent kidnappings of several Syrian dissidents from Lebanon, is causing an increase of tension between the two camps....Lebanese leaders should do their utmost to persuade the opposing factions to come forward, resume the national dialogue that was interrupted more than a year ago, and try to work out a plan to minimize the effects of a wider conflict in Syria."
"Some reports indicate that the U.S. military’s problems in F"allujah are largely of its own making.
"If the president fired Rumsfeld, an American public that slumbered through the election might finally realize the true dismal state of the war. Instead, like a deer caught in the headlights, Bush naively and unwisely believes that by retaining the charismatic face of his Iraq policy, he can hide his and Rumsfeld’s failure long enough to figure out what to do. Instead, he should fire Rumsfeld and hire someone who can begin to extricate the United States from this muddy quagmire."
"By its own account, the U.S. government has been at war for more than nine years now and there’s no end in sight. Like the Pentagon, the State Department is serving the overall priorities of the warfare state. The nation’s military and diplomacy are moving parts of the same vast war machinery....Such a contraption requires a muscular bodyguard of partial truths, deceptions and outright lies. With the USA’s ongoing war efforts at full throttle, the contradictions between public rationales and hidden goals -- or between lofty rhetoric and grisly human consequences -- cannot stand the light of day."
"Since Israel occupied eastern Jerusalem in 1967, the Israeli government extended the municipal borders of Jerusalem to the east, north and south and officially, but unilaterally, annexed, enlarged, united and declared the city "the eternal capital of Israel," incorporating in the process a large Palestinian population within its boundaries, but squeezing them out by an accelerating expansion of the Jewish colonial settlement, tightening the residency and building laws and taxation policies, and "Wall"ing them in into isolated and separated Palestinian cantons or walling them out of their native city altogether."