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Issue Two
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Issue One
New World Evel
Starring Saddam Hussein,
Donald Rumsfeld, Ariel Sharon,
Osama Bin Laden
& George W. Bush as
"The President"

, now defense secretary, whose December 1983 meeting with Hussein as a special presidential envoy paved the way for normalization of U.S.-Iraqi relations. Declassified documents show that Rumsfeld traveled to Baghdad at a time when Iraq was using chemical weapons on an 'almost daily' basis in defiance of international conventions."
-Washington Post, Dec 30, 2003

"To all of the men and women of the United States armed forces now in the Middle East, the peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you. The enemies you confront will come to know your skill and bravery. The people you liberate will witness the honorable and decent spirit of the American military." - President Bush, 3/20/03

Washington Post
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Support for going to war with Iraq surged to 71 percent after Bush's nationally televised speech, up from 59 percent a week ago, according to the poll. Nearly two in three — 64 percent — approve of the way Bush is handling the confrontation with Iraq, an increase of 9 percentage points in the past eight days.

New York Times, March 16, 2003
"An American invasion of Iraq is already being used as a recruitment tool by Al Qaeda and other groups," a senior American counterintelligence official said. "And it is a very effective tool."

By JACKSON LEARS, New York Times
March 11, 2003
President Bush's war plans are risky, but Mr. Bush is no gambler. In fact he denies the very existence of chance. "Events aren't moved by blind change and chance," he has said, but by "the hand of a just and faithful God." From the outset he has been convinced that his presidency is part of a divine plan, even telling a friend while he was governor of Texas, "I believe God wants me to run for president." ...The power of providentialist thinking persists, drawing strength from the fervent beliefs of Christian, Islamic and Jewish fundamentalists. The more humane interpreters of those traditions are increasingly ignored, and the ideologues take command, convinced that they are doing God's will.

"In the coming weeks, all signs indicate, President Bush will launch the first war without direct provocation in the nation's history." -Washington Post, 3/9/03

Drudge Report, Sun Mar 09 2003
Donald Rumsfeld: "The decision for war or peace does not rest in Washington or even at the U.N. It rests in the hands of Saddam Hussein." -1/22/03

Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

NY TIMES, March 5
The veteran F.B.I. agent who exposed the bureau's failure to heed evidence of terrorist plots before the Sept. 11 attacks is now warning her superiors that the bureau is not prepared to deal with new terrorist strikes that she and many colleagues fear would result from an American war with Iraq.

"But we can't forget that war is inherently violent. People are going to die. As hard as we try to limit civilian casualties, it will occur. We need to condition people that that is war. People get the idea this is going to be antiseptic. Well, it's not going to be." , Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, March 5 03

Washington Post
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Charlotte Beers, the Madison Avenue executive imported to improve the United States' image abroad — particularly in the Muslim world — has resigned for health reasons, the State Department announced yesterday.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told his surprised assistants about Beers's departure at his morning staff meeting. He later credited Beers with taking "our values and our ideas to mass audiences in countries which hadn't heard from us in a concerted way for years."

Beers made a fortune marketing products for such companies as Sears and Procter & Gamble. During the 1990s, she ran two of the world's largest advertising agencies — Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson. She described her new job as "the most sophisticated brand assignment that I have ever had."

When Beers took office in October 2001, many pundits mocked the hiring of an ad executive by the State Department. Some said the United States suffers image problems more likely to be repaired by diplomatic successes and policy changes than advertising campaigns. Powell, however, was one of Beers's biggest boosters.

"Guess what?" Powell told a television interviewer. "She got me to buy Uncle Ben's rice. So there is nothing wrong with getting somebody who knows how to sell something."

The village of Khurmal was mislabeled as a terrorist camp, raising fears of a U.S. bombing. "In an address to the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 5, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell displayed a photograph of what he described as a terrorist camp in the Kurdish village of Khurmal. The camp in question, however, is actually in Sarget, a 35-minute drive away."
NY Times, Feb 2003

New York Times
March 3, 2003

Eugene J. Carroll Jr., a retired rear admiral of the Navy who became an outspoken expert witness for opponents of nuclear weapons, high military budgets and new armaments, died on Feb. 19 in Washington. He was 79.

As deputy director of the Center for Defense Information, a research and lobbying organization, after he retired from the Navy in 1980, he criticized missile defense as counterproductive, the military budget as uncontrollable and the stockpiling of nuclear weapons as ludicrous.

New York Times
February 27, 2003

The Pentagon wants to begin deploying its missile defense system on the West Coast next year, before it is fully tested, an idea that has drawn fire from several Democratic lawmakers.

The request to skip the required testing regimen, included in an appendix to the Bush administration's 2004 budget, is necessary to meet President Bush's goal of having the first missiles in place beginning next year, defense officials said. At a Senate hearing on Feb. 13, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that a missile threat from North Korea warranted the quick deployment and that the Pentagon often learns how to improve weapons systems by simply using them.

"I happen to think that thinking we cannot deploy something until you have everything perfect, every 'i' dotted and every 't' crossed, is probably not a good idea," Mr. Rumsfeld told members of the Armed Services Committee. "In the case of missile defense, I think we need to get something out there, in the ground, at sea, and in a way that we can test it, we can look at it, we can develop it, we can evolve it, and find out - learn from the experimentation with it."

Washington Post
Feb 20, 2003

And then there are cruise missiles. A growing number of countries, including Pakistan and Iran, have anti-ship cruise missiles that, if stolen or diverted, could be converted into land-attack cruise missiles. These missiles can be transported in nondescript containers and guided by inexpensive Global Positioning System devices to targets mapped with available satellite imagery. Freighters provide the ideal platform for launching these cruise missiles, which can travel more than 100 miles; Al Qaeda is reported to have 15 such vessels.

Al Qaeda Lurking in U.S., FBI Warns
Hundreds of terrorists are plotting attacks, but the agency has no idea where many are. L.A. Times, February 12 2003

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Al Qaeda operatives are in hiding throughout the United States planning potentially catastrophic attacks, and the FBI does not know who or where many of them are, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told lawmakers Tuesday.

Mueller's warning was the latest in a flurry of dire pronouncements from top counterterrorism officials, all but predicting attacks against Americans both overseas and on U.S. soil.

CIA Director George J. Tenet, appearing alongside Mueller on Capitol Hill, said the government's recent decision to alert the nation of a "high risk" of terrorist attacks was based on intelligence reports that are "the most specific we have seen," including indications that Al Qaeda might be planning to use chemical, biological and radioactive weapons.

"The information we have points to plots aimed at targets on two fronts - in the United States and on the Arabian Peninsula," Tenet told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "The intelligence is not idle chatter."

Washington Post
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
CIA Director George J. Tenet warned yesterday that the "desire for nuclear weapons is on the upsurge" among small countries, confronting the world with a new nuclear arms race that threatens to dismantle more than three decades of nonproliferation efforts.

"The 'domino theory' of the 21st century may well be nuclear," Tenet said in reference to the doctrine that led the United States militarily into Vietnam in the 1960s to try to prevent a communist takeover of Southeast Asia. "We have entered a new world of proliferation."

Wednesday, February 12, 2003
A draft report that estimated 11,000 people died from cancers related to nuclear testing during the Cold War was well done and should be published, the National Research Council said yesterday.

Washington Post
Tuesday, February 11, 2003

NASHVILLE, Feb. 10 — President Bush has addressed countless audiences as
commander in chief. Today, he was introduced as "our friend and brother in Christ."

Appearing at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, before a backdrop that read "Advancing Christian Communications," the president was hailed as a man who "unapologetically proclaims his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ." Bush, in a strikingly religious address even for a president long comfortable with such speech, cast the full range of his agenda — foreign, domestic and economic — in spiritual terms. "I welcome faith," Bush said after he was greeted with rock star adulation. "I welcome faith to help solve the nation's deepest problems." Attendees called out "amen" as Bush spoke, and some waved rhythmically as they did during the hymns that preceded his speech.

About the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Bush said: "We're being challenged. We're meeting those challenges because of our faith...We carried our grief to the Lord Almighty in prayer." Bush assigned religion a role in the economy ("There are some needs that prosperity can never meet"), in a possible attack on Iraq ("Liberty is God's gift to every human being in the world"), and in coping with the Columbia space shuttle accident ("Faith assures us that death and suffering are not the final word").

Turning to matters overseas, the president said America's enemies "hate the thought [that]...we can worship the Almighty God the way we see fit."

...Today's speech brought the most thorough linkage yet between Bush's worldly policies and Christian faith — including a pronouncement that an American attack on Iraq would be "in the highest moral traditions of our country."

L.A. Times

February 11, 2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 - The Bush administration issued detailed advice today on how the public should prepare for a possible terrorist attack using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, insisting that it was motivated by a sense of caution, not any specific intelligence that such an attack was imminent.

The mostly common-sense guidelines urged families to prepare a "disaster supply kit" that included a three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day; food; a battery-powered radio; a change of clothes; an extra set of car keys; and cash.

Other advice was not so obvious, including the recommendation that people keep a supply of duct tape and plastic sheeting in their homes to seal off windows in the event of a chemical or biological attack.

Washington Post
Sunday, February 9, 2003
Running for reelection last month, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel
repeatedly boasted of the "deep friendship" he has built with the Bush
administration — "a special closeness," he called it. He thanked President Bush for understanding Israel's security needs and for providing "the required leeway in our ongoing war on terrorism." He praised Bush's latest proposals for reaching a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement — a plan, said Sharon, that he and Bush had agreed on together.

Sharon was describing what his American supporters call the closest relationship in decades, perhaps ever, between a U.S. president and an Israeli government. "This is the best administration for Israel since Harry Truman [who first recognized an independent Israel]," said Thomas Neumann, executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a think tank that promotes strategic cooperation with Israel as vital to U.S. security interests.

For the first time, a U.S. administration and a Likud government in Israel are pursuing nearly identical policies. Earlier U.S. administrations, from Jimmy Carter's through Bill Clinton's, held Likud and Sharon at arm's length, distancing the United States from Likud's traditionally tough approach to the Palestinians. But today, as Neumann noted, Israel and the United States share a common view on terrorism, peace with the Palestinians, war with Iraq and more. Neumann and others said this change was made possible by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath.

...Said a senior official of the first Bush administration who is critical of this one: "Sharon played the president like a violin: 'I'm fighting your war, terrorism is terrorism,' and so on. Sharon did a masterful job."

February 6, 2003
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 - Days after the administration asked Congress for the biggest military budget since the Reagan-era buildup, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a Congressional panel today that the administration would soon request
additional billions to fight terrorism and for any conflict with Iraq.

February 6, 2003
The economy has fallen into its worst hiring slump in almost 20 years, and many business executives say they remain unsure when it will end.

February 4, 2003
Al Qaeda is planning a mass-casualty attack to rival September 11, but
preparations have been disrupted by arrests of terrorists during the past several months, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Recent intelligence reports indicate that communications among clandestine cells of al Qaeda members are being restored gradually, the intelligence officials said. "The attack will be large-scale," one official said.

Jan 30 NY Times
In his autobiography, "Warrior," Mr. Sharon wrote that while he was leading Israel's crack paratroopers in the 1950's, he decided that a policy of mere retaliation or deterrence was not enough to secure a haven for Jews in a region dominated by Arabs.

His goal, he said, "was to create in the Arabs a psychology of defeat, to beat them every time and to beat them so decisively that they would develop the conviction that they would never win."

In March of last year, Mr. Sharon said of Israel's response to Palestinian
terrorism: "The aim is to increase the number of losses on the other side. Only after they've been battered will we be able to conduct talks."

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Reuters, January 18 2003
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd blasted President Bush on Friday, saying he gives the United States the image "of a belligerent bully." He said Bush's contrasting handling of threats posed by North Korea and Iraq revealed major flaws in his foreign policy.

Byrd of West Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee that oversees federal spending, said Bush appeared eager to apply his doctrine of taking preemptive military action against less powerful countries, such as Iraq, but not against countries that may pose a nuclear threat, such as North Korea.

Washington Post
Wednesday, January 8, 2003
The mug shots went up on the FBI's Web site the Sunday before New Year's Eve:
SEEKING INFORMATION, WAR ON TERRORISM," the notice proclaimed. Two days later, President Bush said he had personally authorized the "all-points bulletin" for five men who might have been smuggled across the Canadian border in connection with a terrorist plot.

"We need to know why they have been smuggled into the country, what they're doing in the country," Bush said from Texas. "And the American people need to know there's a lot of good people working hard, whether it be on New Year's Eve or any other time, to protect the American people."

Within the week, however, authorities had concluded that the tale was a
fabrication, the invention of a man arrested in Canada on charges of trafficking in stolen traveler's checks and running a passport counterfeiting ring. In fact, as some FBI officials had suspected all along, no such group had attempted to enter the United States.

Washington Post
Friday, January 17, 2003
Two-thirds of the public believes the government should have the right to stop the media from disclosing military secrets, according to an ABC News poll released yesterday.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed also say news organizations are more obliged to support the government in wartime than to question the military's handling of the war.

Washington Post
Wednesday, January 8, 2003
Mindful of his pending reelection bid and his father's political mistakes,
President Bush is plowing ahead with an ambitious 10-year, $674 billion
economic stimulus plan even as U.S troops pour into the Persian Gulf region preparing for war.

The president's determination to push more tax cuts as the nation prepares for war has struck some economists as folly, since the economic shock of war would likely dwarf the impact of Bush's stimulus plan. Moreover, no tax policy at the moment could actually address what many economists believe to be the greatest drag on the nation's economy: the uncertainty of war.

Washington Post
Saturday, January 4, 2003
FORT HOOD, Tex., Jan. 3 — President Bush somberly warned 4,000 young soldiers today to prepare for war with Iraq, promising to unleash the full force of the U.S. military if Saddam Hussein does not seize a final chance to disarm.

Bush invoked a moral imperative for an attack on Iraq after U.N. inspectors report findings Jan. 27, telling members of the Army's 1st Cavalry Division that they "will be acting in the finest traditions of America, should we be forced to act."

"We are ready. We're prepared," Bush told cheering soldiers in a gymnasium at the nation's most populous military base. "Should Saddam Hussein seal his fate by refusing to disarm, by ignoring the opinion of the world, you will be fighting not to conquer anybody, but to liberate people."

The commander in chief, with first lady Laura Bush at his side, teared up as the troops sang: "The Army's on its way. Count off the cadence loud and strong. Two! Three!"

Mon December 23, 2002
Washington Post
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia accused President Bush on Monday of having ignited a crisis over North Korea by antagonizing the nuclear-capable Stalinist state and playing on its dire economic situation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov said Bush was to blame for North Korea's erratic policies, including steps to unfreeze its nuclear program, because of his decision to brand it part of his "axis of evil" of hostile nations.

"How should a small country feel when it is told that it is all but part of forces of evil of biblical proportions and should be fought against until total annihilation?" Mamedov told the Vremya Novostei daily newspaper.

Washington Post
Monday, December 30, 2002
High on the Bush administration's list of justifications for war against Iraq are President Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons, nuclear and biological programs, and his contacts with international terrorists. What U.S. officials Rarely acknowledge is that these offenses date back to a period when Hussein was seen in Washington as a valued ally.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Raytheon Corp.-built "kill vehicle" designed to destroy incoming warheads failed to separate from its booster on Wednesday in a test over the Pacific, setting back a multibillion-dollar system under development to shield against ballistic missiles from countries such as Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

Washington Post
Monday, December 16, 2002
As the Bush administration draws up plans to simplify the tax system, it is also refining arguments for why it may be necessary to shift more of the tax load onto lower-income workers.

Associated Press
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
A divided, reluctant federal appeals court denied claims yesterday by World War II and Korean War veterans who said the government reneged on promises to provide free lifetime health care if they stayed in the service for 20 years.

Although the government conceded that military recruiters made the promises, the Defense Department convinced the court that there was no valid contract because the assurances were not backed up by law.

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