the Russian Bear
article "Cornering The Russian Bear " is a great article. I really loved
It looks like
nowadays politicians are insane. For almost half a century the U.S. had a cautious
policy toward Moscow. When Stalin, back in 1948, encircled Berlin, cutting
off all access to the city by land, the U.S. was cautious enough not to risk
a direct clash with the Russian army. Instead of breaking the Russian blockade,
the Allies supplied Berlin by air.
the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Russians installed missiles in Cuba, the U.S.
was wise enough not to invade the island. A deal was brokered with Russia.
wisdom is lost.
For 200 years
Georgia was part of Russia. The U.S. knew full well Georgia was preparing to
attack and conquer South Ossetia by force. In fact, Saakashvili made it a priority
of his government to retake the autonomous provinces. Besides, he increased
the army budget several times. It was obvious to everyone Saakashvili was preparing
for an attack. Despite all that, the U.S. kept supporting him. As late as July
15, 2008, 1000 U.S. troops did joint exercises with Georgia's military. The
exercises were called Immediate Response 2008. Such behavior could only increase
the tensions with Russia. After Saakashvili's attack on Aug. 8, in which 10
Russian peacekeepers were killed, the U.S. kept supporting the Georgian leader.
This is a reckless
policy. The world does not need a humiliated Russia. The world does not need
an increase of tension between atomic powers. The world does need peaceful
coexistence, and U.S. policies did nothing to achieve that goal. The world
can live with the war in Afghanistan or Iraq, but mankind could not live with
a war between Russia and America. Instead of trying to built better relations
between the two major powers, Bush and Condi's policies only brought tensions
~ P. Saraiva,
Palin, Neocon Pod Person
don't know much, as she's being kept as incommunicado as, say, Mordechai Vanunu.
I wish Charlie Gibson had asked her about Vanunu. He would've gotten a blank
is because the MSM has failed to report on Vanunu, but Vanunu does talk
and will be back in court Sept. 23, 2008, to learn if he returns to jail for
six months for speaking to foreign media in 2004.
I am streaming
video interviews of Vanunu from 2005, 2006, and 2008.
In 1985, Mordechai
Vanunu listened to his conscience and paid with 18 years in jail, most of it
in solitary. During those years the European Parliament, International Peace
Bureau, Federation of American Scientists, American Friends Service Committee,
Jewish Peace Fellowship, and Episcopal Peace Fellowship all called for his
release on humanitarian grounds. Amnesty International has classified Vanunu
as a prisoner of conscience.
In 1999, 36 members
of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Clinton calling
for Vanunu's release from prison because they believed "we have a duty to stand
up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter
vision for humanity."
2008 is also the
60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Israel's
statehood was contingent upon upholding:
has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom
to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information
and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." (Article
has the right to leave any country, including his own." (Article 13)
~ Eileen Fleming,
reporter and editor, WAWA; author,
Keep Hope Alive and Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life
in Occupied Territory; producer, 30 Minutes With Vanunu and 13
Minutes With Vanunu
George W. Bush the Worst President in US History?
no mistake. George W. Bush has been a horrible president and is one of the worst
in U.S. history. But of the 42 men who have served as president, these four
men – Polk, McKinley, Wilson, and Truman – were probably worse."
Eland, please don't leave out the dictator Lincoln. Without him, there never
would have been an immoral, corrupt, greedy, power-hungry, lying, thieving,
murdering, aggressive and imperialistic United States of Empire. The South
was right to oppose him and to try and secede from the "Union." Robert E. Lee
predicted what would happen with Lincoln's consolidation of all the states
under an all-powerful central government: "the consolidation of the states
into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home,
will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those
that have preceded it." If I were a modern Yankee, based on the pure evil that
now defines our central government on the Potomac, I would not be proud of
the fact that my forebears made savage and brutal war against the people of
the Southern states. In fact, I would be deeply ashamed.
~ Henry Clemens
think there are a few points regarding Bush's regime that are relevant for such
an evaluation but did not appear in Eland's essay.
is a difference regarding Wilson's involvement in World War I and Bush's attack
on Iraq. That difference is that Wilson did not start World War I. I agree
completely with Eland that Wilson's decision to get involved in World War I
was a disaster at every level, but still, Wilson responded to an already existing
war. In contrast, the invasion of Iraq was entirely Bush's doing. There would
be no war in Iraq if Bush had not taken the initiative. Therefore all the deaths
and all the destruction of the Iraq War must be placed at the feet of George
W. Bush, but the same cannot be said of Wilson regarding World War I.
Second, the other
presidents who Eland mentions did not plunge the United States into the massive
debt that Bush has done. The neocon fantasy that the U.S. attack on Iraq would
pay for itself turned out to be a complete delusion, and the result is the
greatest indebtedness the U.S. has ever been burdened with. No other president
comes close to this colossal economic mismanagement.
Third, Bush has
instituted a regime of systematic torture. I'm not convinced that this particularly
repulsive aspect of Bush's regime can be matched by the other presidents Eland
mentions. I think the closest would be the U.S. occupation of the Philippines.
Still, the creation of torture centers such as Guantanamo and the string of
secret detention centers set up for the purpose of torture is, in my opinion,
a nightmare particular to this administration.
All of this does
not prove that Bush is the "Worst President Ever." Historians will debate this,
and I admit there is a lot of competition for this award. It's just that I
think the above points need to be considered in such an evaluation.
~ Jim Wilson