Sen. Clinton Wants Troops in Iraq for at Least 10 Years

By David Swanson

On Monday, Ted Koppel offered a report / commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” which can be found online with this headline: “A Duty to Mislead: Politics and the Iraq War,” and this introductory text: “Democrats are telling voters that if they are elected, all U.S. troops will be pulled out of Iraq. But as Sen. Hillary Clinton privately told a read more

Father's Day, Peace, and Masculinity

By David Swanson

The most creative, energetic, and effective peace activists in the United States right now are women organized explicitly as “CODE PINK: Women for Peace.” While CODE PINK welcomes the participation of men (and when I’m in DC I stay at the CODE PINK house), the group is organized around the idea that women have a special role to play in working for peace. So, every once in a while I ask a bunch of Code Pinkers “Why don’t we have a group of Men for read more

War Opposition Made Easy

By David Swanson

The new film “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” makes arguing against wars easy. If you get into a debate about war, just make the points made so clearly in this film, or – better yet – convince a war supporter to watch the film. Best of all would be to persuade every American to read Norman Solomon’s book of the same title, on which the movie is based.

The book has the greatest depth, but the movie has much to read more

Iraq Idea: Better Than Calling Congress

By David Swanson

PHOTO: Rep. Lynn Woolsey, interpreter Aseel Al-Banna, Iraqi Electrical Utility Workers Union President Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein

Americans should keep lobbying Congress to end the occupation of Iraq, but should also try lobbying the Iraqi government, which appears more open to listening.

Iraqi Electrical Utility Workers Union President Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein (through interpreter Aseel Al-Banna) met with a number of U.S. Congress Members on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and spoke read more

Ritter's Repudiation Ritual

By David Swanson

In March 2006, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter posted an article online proposing that the antiwar movement learn techniques from warriors. Ritter developed the article into the recently released book “Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement.” At the same time, Ritter has just posted online a new provocative read more

Iraq, Cowboys, and the Enormity of 18 Months

By David Swanson

Eighteen months ago Congressman John Murtha and other pro-war Democrats had not yet developed even a muddled half-hearted opposition to the occupation of Iraq, Joe Lieberman had not lost a primary, and the Center for American Progress were pretending there was no such thing as Iraq, and the Democratic Party had shoved its collective head so far up… well, let’s just say the pretense was alive and well that Iraq was not the central issue in American politics.

Eighteen read more

The Holy Occupation of Iraq

By David Swanson

I picked up a pamphlet the other day that said “Just for You” at the top, so I assumed it was just for me. Much of the front page contained an image of soldiers marching, and next to them the words “What’s your exit strategy?” That’s easy, I thought. Impeachment, removal, indictment, and conviction. But was this really a pamphlet about peace? I read the text at the bottom of the front page:

“In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States read more

Is Our Peace Activists Learning?

By David Swanson

Over the past two months of repeated Congressional votes to fund the occupation of Iraq, culminating in President Bush’s signing the bill on Friday, what – if anything – have we learned? Have we learned anything about individuals or political parties or activist organizations to trust or despise, or have we learned better what to demand of them regardless of such emotions? Have we learned anything about policies to support, battles to lose, pyrrhic victories, or how read more

New Senate Report Is Worst Betrayal Yet

By David Swanson

Here it is, yawn, on the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend and on the day after a war debate in Congress, all 229 pages of it, and as riveting as a phone book: the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Bush and Cheney’s war lies. This is what we’ve waited all these years for? Nancy Pelosi shaved her legs for THIS?

We elected Democratic majorities in November of 2006 so that they could end the occupation and hold accountable read more