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OpEdNews » John McCain: War Hero or War Criminal?

OpEdNews » John McCain: War Hero or War Criminal?: Let's talk about Nam, that nasty little quagmire in the American subconscious always waiting to be sprung like a bouncing betty whenever it is politically opportunistic, we are still fighting that fucking war and will continue to fight that fucking war until we as a nation are ready to collectively acknowledge the accumulated weight of all of our military interventionist sins and to seek atonement. That John McCain can continue to trade on his Vietnam record as he runs his campaign on the promise of more war for the rest of all of our lives even if it bankrupts us and rapes the futures of those who have yet to even be fucking born. Now I have a lot of problems with this great narrative that McCain has constructed for himself about being this great war hero, first let me say that there is absolutely nothing fucking heroic in dropping bombs on civilians and McCain himself has come out and admitted this when questioned during intervi… Ethiopia: Draft Law Threatens Civil Society (Page 1 of 1) Ethiopia: Draft Law Threatens Civil Society (Page 1 of 1): "Ethiopia's parliament should reject a draft law that would criminalize human rights activity and seriously undermine civil society groups, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on donor governments to speak out publicly against the bill, which is expected to be introduced in parliament this month.

The Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law) would provide the government a potent tool to intimidate and weaken Ethiopia's long beleaguered civil society. Although the bill has been revised twice since May 2008, the current version retains many of the most alarming provisions.

'The only reason to have such a repressive law is if it would be used to strangle Ethiopia's few remaining independent voices,' said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. 'Donor governments should make clear to Ethiopia that enacting this law will threaten future funding.…

John McCain, War Criminal

John McCain, War Criminal: "John McCain, War Hero Criminal

It still seems absolutely outrageous how some 33 years ago -- on October 26, 1967 to be exact -- North Vietnamese agents traveled 12,000 miles from their own country; snuck into the United States; kidnapped the innocent American John McCain; smuggled him back to North Vietnam; and imprisoned him for five years.

Of course, in reality, McCain was the one who traveled 12,000 miles from his own country, invaded North Vietnamese air space on October 26, 1967, and was dropping bombs on that nation for the 23rd time when his plane was shot down. That's how he became a North Vietnamese prisoner.

No North Vietnamese had ever committed any act of violence on U.S. soil, or, until Americans invaded their country, against any American. Yet the United States rained death and destruction from bullets, bombs and chemical agents on that small impoverished nation for 10 years. McCain was an active participant in destroying that count…

James Zogby: John McCain: I am an Arab and a Decent Man

James Zogby: John McCain: I am an Arab and a Decent Man: "Today my office issued the following statement, which includes my comments:

Dr. James Zogby says, 'Enough is enough!'

Washington D.C. - October 11, 2008 -We are disturbed by the degree to which 'Arab' has become the metaphorical mud to sling against your opponent. Last week, for example, the Republican Jewish Coalition released a document in which they use the term Pro-Arab as a pejorative accusation. For his part, Rush Limbaugh has joined in by declaring that Obama is in fact an Arab American. Then, last Friday, after a supporter called Senator Barak Obama 'an Arab', Senator John McCain came to the defense of of his political opponent by saying, 'No, ma'am. He's a decent family man and citizen...' From this we are left to infer that an Arab man is less then a 'decent family man.'

Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, says, 'Enough is enough! From the be…

(A Voice from a Grave)General William Odom on Iraq: Immediate Withdrawal the Only Option that Makes Sense | War on Iraq | AlterNet

General William Odom on Iraq: Immediate Withdrawal the Only Option that Makes Sense | War on Iraq | AlterNet
By General William Odom, AlterNet. Posted April 7, 2008.
"Those who link instability with a US withdrawal have it exactly backwards."
Below is the testimony of General William Odom, a retired U.S. Army 3-star general and former Director of the NSA under President Ronald Reagan, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iraq.

Good morning Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. It is an honor to appear before you again. The last occasion was in January 2007, when the topic was the troop surge. Today you are asking if it has worked. Last year I rejected the claim that it was a new strategy. Rather, I said, it is a new tactic used to achieve the same old strategic aim, political stability. And I foresaw no serious prospects for success.

I see no reason to change my judgment now. The surge is prolonging instability, not creating the conditions for unity as the presi…