Comparing Democratic and Republican Blood

By David Swanson

This coming March 19th we’ll have two occasions to mark. One will be the start of the ninth year of occupying Iraq. And, if my math is correct, within a few days of that anniversary we’ll reach the point at which the Democratic House of Representatives and Senate have funded more days of occupying Iraq than those chambers did when they had a Republican majority. In funding days of occupying Afghanistan, the Democrats already have a big lead in the Senate but trail read more

Peace Movement Pushes for End to War on Iraq

By David Swanson

As news stories are leading those still aware of the war on Iraq to believe it’s over, it was encouraging to see Busboys and Poets restaurant in Washington, D.C., packed Sunday evening for a four-hour forum on actions needed to actually end that war, make reparations, and deter future wars of aggression. The event was advertised with the following description:

“Is the U.S. military really leaving Iraq or just rebranding? What is the toll of seven years of occupation read more

F— the Filibuster

Here's something I wrote in December 2008, with an update below:

2009: Year of the Filibuster

By David Swanson

Trying to squeeze any sort of peace on earth out of our government in Washington has been a steep uphill climb for years. For the most part we no longer have representatives in Congress, because of the corruption of money, the weakness of the media, and the strength of parties. There are not 535 opinions on Capitol Hill on truly important matters, but 2. Our supposed representatives work for their party leaders, read more

Withdraw the Last Combat Politicians from Washington

By David Swanson

Pretending to end a war and occupation, while stationing 50,000 soldiers, 18,000 mercenaries, and 84,000 support contractors in massive and permanent military bases in Iraq is a far cry from what candidate Barack Obama described as ending “the mind-set that got us into war in the first place.” It fits better with Nobel Peace laureate Obama’s description of war as “not only necessary but morally justified.”

Over the past 20 years, the United States read more

HOTSEAT- Swanson's song: Give peace a chance

By LISA PROVENCE, The Hook

It’s not too hard to pick out David Swanson’s house. That would be the one with the “Wage Peace” and “End the War Now” signs in the front yard.

On his website, there’s a picture of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and in the background there’s Swanson, holding a small pink sign that reads, “Torture is Illegal.”

Other places you might have run into David Swanson: Protesting former President George Bush at Monticello. read more

I'm Sorry I Called Obama a Liar on Iraq Too Soon

By David Swanson

If I’m going to properly confess my sins, I’ll need to start at the beginning. In the beginning were the campaign promises, and let’s just say that only flies and loyal partisans could stand the smell of them.

“I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.” Thus read more

Green Zone Gets It Right

By David Swanson

I expected to be disappointed by “Green Zone”. I mean the movie, not the chunk of Baghdad we’ve spent seven years and trillions of dollars killing over a million people to steal for an “embassy” containing 21 buildings on 104 acres. I’d been told that this movie was Matt Damon actually following the guidance of his teacher Howard Zinn. I’d been told this was a movie to expose the war lies. I remained dubious.

And then I finally got a chance read more

War Scheduled to End Same Day as World

By David Swanson

Andrew Bacevich’s new book, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War,” is a good summary of the past 65 years’ worth of war thinking in Washington, D.C. “Prior to World War II,” he writes, “Americans by and large viewed military power and institutions with skepticism, if not outright hostility. In the wake of World War II, that changed. An affinity for military might emerged as central to the American identity.” read more