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Feature Article | GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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  • Since the days of Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” – a crass appeal to angry pro-segregationist whites – the Republican Party has descended into a political nastiness that has corroded the foundations of American democracy.
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue.

Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com

richardnixon-37.jpg June 12, 2014 | There is something disturbing about the hostile Republican response to just about everything that President Barack Obama does. It has a knee-jerk yet patterned nature, displaying a meanness that is expressed with a certain gloating quality as well.

Take for instance Republican Congressman Joe Wilson shouting “You Lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress on health care. Wilson’s anger was displayed with the malicious satisfaction of a nasty child.

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue, Amanda Marcotte,  Alternet

  • Current efforts to nullify abortion coverage in Ohio and elsewhere can all be traced back to the Bush White House
  • Totally Nuts
  • Age of Ignorance

 

The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again

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  • The Center for American Progress (C.A.P.) is funded by Lockheed Martin and other huge war profiteers. C.A.P. has just put out a report recommending that air strikes be considered.
  • Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014
  • For more Evergreene Digest coverage of the Re-invasion of Iraq ...

David Swanson, Warisacrime.org

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images/wbw200.jpg 20 June, 2014 | People forget the extent to which Democrats, who controlled the U.S. Senate at the time, pushed for and supported the 2003 attack on Iraq.  Remember them or not, theeeeeeeeeey're back!

The Center for American Progress, the head of whose "action fund," former Democratic Congressman from Virginia's Fifth District Tom Perriello, slipped through the revolving door into a State Department job in February, is now pushing for "principled" bombings of Iraq.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The US has been here before.
  • Part 1: Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq
  • Part 2: How to Fix the Iraq Crisis
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For more Evergreene Digest coverage of the Re-invasion of Iraq ...

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In addition to publishing as many stories, Special Projects, Special Reports, actions and petitions, and editorial cartoons on Iraq as we can, here's additional help from the Evergreene Digest crew to help you stay informed.

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Sites oriented to peace and opposition to war like March Forward!, War Is A Crime, Rise Up Times, Anti-War, Veterans for Peace, ANSWER Coalition, Iraq(n) Fact Check, Popular Resistance, etc., are all great sources.
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Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014

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  • The US has been here before.
  • Part 1: Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq
  • Part 2: How to Fix the Iraq Crisis
  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg Sign our petitionTell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq

  • In his announcement that he’s sending an additional 300 US forces to Iraq, the president made it clear that the US military is getting ready to target the bad guys of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the air.
  • He said that the United States has “significantly increased our intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets so that ... we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action.”

Bob Dreyfuss, Nation

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June 20, 2014  | President Obama’s statement and answers to questions at a mini–news conference at the White House yesterday—and you can read the whole transcript at the White House’s site—signals a major shift by the United States on Iraq, which Obama has been trying to forget since 2011. And it’s s sign—as I’ve argued repeatedly here and as The Washington Post reported in a separate piece today, noting that the administration “has begun to consider the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as a single challenge”—that the civil war in Syria and the civil war in Iraq have become one. But it’s a crisis that needs a political-diplomatic response, and not a military one. Unfortunately, Obama is doing both, and that’s not good.

On one hand, the president is sending Secretary of State John Kerry to Europe, the Middle East and Baghdad in a diplomatic push, and the United States is signaling to all of Iraq’s political factions that it favors getting rid of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and creating a government of national unity there. Because doing so means getting buy-ins from Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, accomplishing that will require some intricate diplomatic maneuvering, and finding a replacement for Maliki—who won’t go easily—will be very, very difficult. (Believe it or not, there’s even talk that Maliki might be replaced by that wily wheeler-dealer Ahmad Chalabi, though he’s likely no one’s first or second choice.)

Bob Dreyfuss, a Nation contributing editor, is an investigative journalist specializing in politics and national security. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam and is a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, American Prospect and Mother Jones.

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Part 2: How to Fix the Iraq Crisis

Maliki is probably not capable of leading a peaceful transition. He’s a hated figure. But Iran, with vast influence among the Shiites, could find another candidate who’d agree to succeed him and who’d reach out to Iraq’s Sunni tribal militias. 

Bob Dreyfuss, Nation

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June 17, 2014 | It’s still possible that the United States will use airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Al Qaeda offshoot whose surprise seizure of Mosul and a string of other cities in Iraq has left devastation, chaos and mass executions in its wake. But since President Obama has said, pretty much explicitly, that he won’t defend the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unless Maliki reconciles with the Sunnis and Kurds and becomes more inclusive, and since Maliki isn’t likely to do so, there doesn’t seem to be much of an opening for the United States to act militarily in his defense.

In any case, in the short term Maliki probably doesn’t need Washington’s help. (Not that US airstrikes would help: they’d cause many civilian casualties, inflame the Sunnis against the United States and embolden Maliki to continue his sectarian course.) Maliki can count on getting whatever help he needs from Iran, which is next door, has a strong interest in crushing the Sunni revolt in both Iraq and Syria and has ready-made militias in Iraq who are already mobilizing to defend Baghdad and Shiite shrines in Samarra, Najaf and Karbala. Many of them are religious fanatics, equal in their zeal to the Sunni fanatics of ISIS, and the first signs of sectarian, tit-for-tat massacres are already emerging. As in 2006, things in Iraq will probably get very ugly, very fast.

Bob Dreyfuss, a Nation contributing editor, is an investigative journalist specializing in politics and national security. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam and is a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, American Prospect and Mother Jones.

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Iraq War Drums -- Again! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • sign-btn.png Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

 

Special Report | Re-invade Iraq? Week Ending June 22, 2014

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  • The US has been here before.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • US House To Push Back Against Military Action in Iraq
    • The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told
    • Emergency -- Another Iraq War Vote Coming!
    • The Best Thing America Can Do to Help Iraq Is to Do Nothing at All
    • Obama's Iraq 'nap' represents who we are: sick of being the world's policeman
    • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart
    • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq
    • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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US House To Push Back Against Military Action in Iraq, Cole Stangler, In These Times

  • Members of Congress want to send a clear message to Obama: They won’t stand for another war.
  • 'I think the reality is that the administration is weighing what to do on this right now and a strong statement of opposition by Congress would be a factor in that calculus ... It would certainly make the president more hesitant to use military force.'
  • Emergency -- Another Iraq War Vote Coming!
  • The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told

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The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told, willkane, Greanville Post

  • Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you’re being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media.
  • An article from The Greanville Post divulges all the background information on the chaos in Iraq that's being kept out of the corporate media, including an overview of past US interference. 
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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Emergency -- Another Iraq War Vote Coming! Alan Grayson

We need to say NO. American combat forces didn't help last time and they won't help this time. What is happening in Iraq is tragic and awful, but we should use the Hippocratic oath for foreign policy -- first do no harm. Please join us.

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The Best Thing America Can Do to Help Iraq Is to Do Nothing at All, Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

  • The U.S. should learn from its mistakes and stay out of another Middle Eastern quagmire.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

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Obama's Iraq 'nap' represents who we are: sick of being the world's policeman, Ana Marie Cox, theguardian.com

  • Critics of a foreign policy of 'neglect' are still living in George W Bush's fever dream of rage and fear. The public is fickle, but we're willing to be patient about war again
    • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

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Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. 
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. 
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq, Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

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Iraq War Drums -- Again! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

 

The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told

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  • Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you’re being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media.
  • An article from The Greanville Post divulges all the background information on the chaos in Iraq that's being kept out of the corporate media, including an overview of past US interference. 
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

willkane, Greanville Post

Tom TolesTom Toles | Mission Accomplished

June 19, 2014 | In June of 2014 the world watched in shock as an Islamic militant group operating under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS), took control of Mosul, Baiji and Tikrit and began pushing south to Baghdad. Fallujah has been under their control since January.

[Note they are also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL]

Iraqi military and police put up very little resistance in spite of the fact that they greatly outnumbered the militants. Most fled their posts and left their uniforms and weapons behind, those who didn’t were killed.

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

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  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

 

 

 

The Best Thing America Can Do to Help Iraq Is to Do Nothing at All

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  • The U.S. should learn from its mistakes and stay out of another Middle Eastern quagmire.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

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June 17, 2014  |  AlterNet Editor's note: As Obama's "favorite" think tank, the Center for American Progress announced in a new report on Tuesday that the US should “prepare for limited counterterrorism operations against ISIS, including possible air strikes,” Thom Hartmann points to the folly of another US intervention in Iraq.

The best thing we can do to help Iraq is to do nothing at all.

Any American intervention will only fan the flames of a fire that’s already threatening to burn way out of control.

End%20the%20War.jpg Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq, Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

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  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

 

 

The Dumbing Down of American Politics

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit or Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said, "Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow."
  • Part 1: Americans Are Dangerously Politically Ignorant -- The Numbers Are Shocking
  • Part 2: 5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Americans Are Dangerously Politically Ignorant -- The Numbers Are Shocking

The nation’s collective ignorance paves the way for extremist politicians to validate their positions to the public.

CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Tea Party-backed economics professor David Brat, shown April 26, 2014 in Glen Allen, Virginia, defeated incumbent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 primary. Photo Credit: AFP

June 17, 2014  | The health of a democracy is dependent on an educated citizenry.  Political illiteracy is the manure for the flourishing of political appeals based on sheer ignorance.

So let me introduce you to House Majority Speaker Eric Cantor’s Republican Party vanquisher David Brat (R-VA). First thing you need to know about this far right-wing political upstart is he’s a university professor, which means it’s highly probable he’s not an idiot. He also identifies with the Tea Party strain of conservatism, which, paradoxically, means it’s likely he is, indeed, an idiot. And by idiot, I mean wholly ignorant of U.S. history and constitutionality.

CJ Werleman is the author of "Crucifying America," and "God Hates You. Hate Him Back."

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Part 2: 5 Issues Where Right-Wingers Are Crazier and Meaner Than Ever

The tide of progress causes some conservatives to regress in shocking ways.

Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

June 18, 2014 | There’s a certain expected rhythm to conservative thought as time pushes forward: Progressives push for change, conservatives resist, conservative views become outdated as everyone realizes how unfair they were, things change for the better, and conservatives begrudgingly accept the new order. That’s how it went with civil rights and women getting the vote. Even climate change denialists have started to adjust a little, with some admitting that it’s happening, even as they refuse to admit that humans have anything to do with it.

But once in awhile, having to be pulled forward with the tide of progress causes some conservatives to throw a fit and insist, instead, on regressing, often in shocking ways. Here are five issues where conservatives have, in recent months and years, taken a giant step backwards from where they had been before.

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Amanda Marcotte, a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and journalist, co-writes the blog Pandagon. She is the author of "It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments."

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Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue, Amanda Marcotte,  Alternet

  • Current efforts to nullify abortion coverage in Ohio and elsewhere can all be traced back to the Bush White House
  • Totally Nuts
  • Age of Ignorance

 

 

 

Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’

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  • “It is of no slight import that the project is being executed in one of the freest countries in the world, and in radical violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,’ and guarantees the privacy of their persons, houses, papers and effects,” Chomsky said.
  • NSA Spying

Noam Chomsky, Daily Caller

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one-nation-under-surveillance.jpg06/04/2014 | Progressive hero Noam Chomsky is terrified of the surveillance state that has developed during the tenure of President Barack Obama, calling it a grave threat to our fundamental civil liberties.

In a column published Monday, Chomsky writes that the documents revealed to the public by Edward Snowden show a system that is flagrantly violating the principles of the Constitution.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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NSA Spying, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Part 1: Why fusion centers matter: FAQ
  • Part 2: How the NSA is Transforming Law Enforcement

 

 

 

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