“So it seems that Turkey wasn’t really haggling about the price, it just wouldn’t accept payment by check or credit card. In return for support of an Iraq invasion, Turkey wanted — and got — immediate aid, cash on the barrelhead, rather than mere assurances about future help. You’d almost think President Bush had a [...]
Archive for February, 2003
It seems that as the time for war approaches, some of our Iraqi allies (meaning the opposition groups outside Iraq and the Kurds inside Iraq) have started to become wary about what the future holds. Apparently they don’t trust us not to screw them over the way we did at the end of the last [...]
Aaron McGruder has had an excellent series of strips over the past week or so, which dealt with the recent attempts by the U.S. government to thoroughly scare everyone with the terrorist boogieman (and Saddam Hussein). Read them here, here, here, and here.
“A Toronto woman coming home from India says she was pulled aside at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, accused of using a fake Canadian passport, denied consular assistance and threatened with jail. In tears and desperate, Berna Cruz says she told U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) officers she didn’t want to go to jail. She told [...]
“It’s a crisp November day in Florence. The city’s clear blue skies are clouded by black police helicopters anticipating the 2002 European Social Forum, a rally of the international protest movement the Italians call No Global. This European complement to the annual World Social Forum in Brazil counterbalances meetings of the WTO, G8, and other [...]
“To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war. Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent – ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, [...]
Today’s Boondocks was a great comment on the recent terror alerts. Read it here.
“To get Saddam, the Bush administration is even willing to remind the American public that it failed to get bin Laden. Its fixation on Saddam seems to have blinded it to the possibility that Osama might be perversely encouraging America in this war.” A very nice piece by Maureen Dowd reminding us that Osama bin [...]
“The fracturing of the Western alliance over Iraq and the huge antiwar demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion. In his campaign to disarm Iraq, by war if necessary, President Bush appears to be eyeball to eyeball [...]
“In an editorial yesterday, the editors of the New York Sun, a conservative newspaper founded last year, call on New York City to obstruct a protest against a potential war in Iraq for as long as possible and to monitor the protestors for ‘an eventual treason prosecution.’ This breathtaking article is a direct attack on [...]