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National Security

I cannot emphasize enough how ill-advised I feel the continued use of contractors in our national security is. This article is one of several you need to read so you can be aware of this issue. - Larry

Outsourcing the War by Jeremy Scahill

 

When Napoleon Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich , he told his readers that there was a secret of wealth and success hidden within the contents of his book and invited them to try to find that secret. Similarly, I feel there is a secret to understanding this conflict we are in now and what course of actions are now required in one of these letters. See if you can discover what it is. - Larry

Iraq Generals to President: You've Failed Us—From National Security Network

 

I disagree with the author’s premise. Our Generals have given good advice to this administration. Their advice has been ignored. - Larry

US Officer Blasts Generals’ Handling of Iraq War

 

Divide and Rule: America’s Plan for Baghdad

 

Inside the Belly of the Blackwater Beast

 

McCaffrey: Military ‘In Peril'

 

The Democrats' Special Forces Fetish

 

No Good Military Options in Iran

 
Iraq Resolution Debate: Their Terms or Ours (Internal GOP House Memo)
 
Army Giving More Waivers in Recruiting
 
A Time for the Senate to Lead by Senator Jim Webb
 

Our Mercenaries in Iraq

 

Chuck Hagel for President

 

Preparing Us for War with Iran

 

Report from American Enterprise Institute:  Choosing  Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq  The rationale behind the “surge”.

 

Good Reasons to Leave Iraq by Bruce Bartlett

 

If not Iraq, Then When, Where, and at What Cost?

 

President Bush's Interview on “Sixty Minutes” January 14, 2007

 

Major Bill Edmonds—A Soldier's Story

 
Pentagon's Plan: More US Troops in Iraq
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1213-04.htm
 

Bush's New Way Forward Is Into Quicksand by Joseph L. Galloway

http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1214-29.htm

 

Link to the Iraq Study Group report:

 
Senator Chuck Hagel: Iraq an Absolute Replay of Vietnam
 
Fiscal Responsibility

Costs of Prolonged War

 

Joint Statement Supporting Pay As You Go Rules in Congress

 

US Heading for Financial Trouble? (Also see our link to the Concord Coalition on the Resources Page)

 
Prison Growth Could Cost Billions Over the Next Five Years
 
Taming the Deficit, Together
 

Dollar's Skid Puts a Glow on the Euro

 

WSJ Says US Army Out of Money

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121706Z.shtml

 
Another Quagmire—About the international financial crisis we face
 
Our Economic Quagmire
 
Social Tolerance

Income Inequality Worsens

 
Taxpayers Should Be Allowed to Challenge Bush Faith Based Initiatives
 

Small Towns Bear Biggest War Death Burden

 

Greetings from Rancho Mirage by Ben Stein

 
Second Thoughts on Gays in the Military
 

Legislators Vote for Gay Unions in NJ

 

An Insider Reveals Faith Based Manipulation at the White House

 

Faith and Politics, a new book by Senator Jack Danforth

 
Obstacles and Progress

Capital Hill Faces People Party Revolt on Trade and Health Care by David Sirota

 

When the Class War Goes Local by David Sirota

 

This monumental documentary is available for you on the PBS website. Be sure to watch it. - Larry

Devastating Moyers Probe of Press and Iraq

One of the things that keeps us from actually solving our problems is the hypocrisy of inconsistency. We have too many people whose outlook is based solely on the fact that they have chosen to identify with one side/party or the other instead of identifying with a standard of performance. Everything their side does, therefore, is OK and everything the other side does is wrong. This article, combined with some other recent events (the firing of Don Imus and the dismissal of charges against the Duke Lacrosse players, offers an instructive example of this thought. - Larry

Pot (Burton) Calls the Kettle (Waxman) Black

 

Conservatives for the Constitution

 
Schwarzenegger to Limbaugh: I'm not Selling Out
 
Los Angeles Times: Political Muscle Blog, Schwarzenegger calls Limbaugh Irrelevant
 

Tougher Tactics Deter Migrants at US Border

 
In Public View, Saudis Counter Iran in Region
 

Military Wants More Civilians to Help in Iraq

 
Congress Short on Military Experience
 

Funding an Energy Alternative

 

Quantity or Quality by Tom Philpott

 

Six Brutal Truths About Iraq

 

From the Patriot Post—Leaders and Clerks

 
Unconventional Wisdom
Bring Back the Draft?
 

Victory Is Not an Option by LTG Odom

 
The Draft as Deterrent
 

January 8, 2007, Another Confused Conservative (from the Bruce Bartlett Blogs) Sub-Theme: Why you can be both conservative and anti-Bush

 

A Parable for our Times by Bill Moyers

 
Schwartz on How More Produces Less in Iraq
 

The Election and the Investigatory Powers of Congress by George Friedman