Eleven Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military

By David Swanson

I just read an excellent book from http://www.endthewartour.org called “10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military.” Personally I was never attracted to the military because I could never stand having anyone tell me what to do – well, and because I had parents who helped me find other options in life.

The military glorifies the giving and obeying of orders as somehow something good for its own sake, something called “discipline” or “character.” read more

Peace in a Gas Pump or Bringing Pharaoh's Armed Madhouse Home

By David Swanson

May 28 — This evening here in Virginia, Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band jammed for hours at an outdoor pavilion, leading tens of thousands of us in protest songs, including a powerful rendition of “Bring Them Home.” The concert was held at the Nissan Pavilion, a characterless monument to automobiles surrounded by an ocean of the things, cars and trucks and SUVs which spent hours creeping in and out before and after the show. Many of us devoted read more

IRAQ WAR IMAGES UNCENSORED

By David Swanson

This collection of photos is the most complete we are aware of. Many of them are being made public here for the first time. Many of them are extremely gruesome. These must not be censored, because this is what a war really looks like, and that is something citizens need to see in order to cast informed ballots and lobby our representatives for or against war.

Please copy all of these images onto your own website. No need to ask permission. Please simply give credit to AfterDowningStreet.org. read more

Cindy Sheehan's New Book: Dear President Bush

By David Swanson

Cindy Sheehan’s interviews, essays, and speeches get better with each passing month, as her pain continues, her passion and insight grow, and the war that killed her son goes on – as the president who killed her son goes on being president. Cindy’s latest book, “Dear President Bush,” is the best of the three books by or about Cindy Sheehan that I’ve read.

“Not One More Mother’s Child” was Cindy’s first collection of essays. read more

RNC Attack on John Conyers Demands Action from Democrats

By David Swanson

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has launched an aggressive campaign to smear Congressman John Conyers.

Here’s the background: It is accepted common wisdom among reporters, pundits, congressional staffers, and a majority of Americans that Bush and Cheney lied us into a war. A new “smoking gun” piece of evidence makes the news on almost a weekly basis, and that has been going on for upwards of a year. Yet there has been no investigation in either branch read more

Washington Post Blogger Makes Laughable Attempt to Defend Rumsfeld Against McGovern

By David Swanson

WaPo’s William Arkin has posted a blog with the headline “Rumsfeld Didn’t Lie, But He Should Still Go.”

He quotes Rumsfeld’s exchange with Ray McGovern and then writes: “If the issue here is Saddam Hussein’s connection to al Qaeda and his involvement in 9/11, to the ‘bulletproof’ evidence the administration claimed, and more important for America, to the likelihood that Saddam would have ever shared any WMD with terrorists read more

The War Looks Different from Inside Congress

By David Swanson

Public opinion in the United States and Iraq favors pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, not to mention removing any who have already entered Iran. This sentiment will be on display this Saturday at the United for Peace and Justice March in New York: www.april29.org

Inside Congress opinions vary, and it is a distinct minority that is willing to support public opinion. Some in Congress are willing to take half-way and tenth-of-the-way steps in the direction of ending the war, some read more