Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Neocons who talked us into the Iraq war with their lies and deceit are preparing us for a war with Iran. The fools. is about stopping this incipient war.

All Americans want to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and interfering on the ground inside Iraq. Yet President Bush’s saber rattling gives the US little additional leverage to engage and dissuade Iran, and, more than likely, simply accelerates a dangerous slide into war. The United States can do better than this.

Whatever the pace of Iran’s nuclear efforts, in the give and take of the Administration’s rhetoric and accusations, we are approaching the last moments to head off looming conflict.

Cannot the world’s most powerful nation deign speak to the resentful and scheming regional power that is Iran? Can we not speak of the interests of others, work to establish a sustained dialogue, and seek to benefit the people of Iran and the region? Could not such a dialogue, properly conducted, begin a process that could, over time, help realign hardened attitudes and polarizing views within the region? And isn’t it easier to undertake such a dialogue now, before more die, and more martyrs are created to feed extremist passions?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pentagon unit defied CIA advice to justify Iraq war

An "alternative intelligence" unit operating at the Pentagon in the run-up to the war on Iraq was dedicated to establishing a link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, even though the CIA was unconvinced of such a connection, the US Senate was told yesterday.

..."The office of the under-secretary of defence for policy developed, produced and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaida relationship, which included some conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the intelligence community, to senior decision-makers," the report says.

..."They arrived at an alternative interpretation of the Iraq/al-Qaida relationship that was much stronger than that assessed by the intelligence community and more in accord with the policy views of senior officials in the administration," Mr Levin told the committee.

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Obama launches presidential bid

In the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States Barack Obama He spoke to the crowd of his working life in the state over the last 20 years, first as a community worker, then as a civil rights lawyer and finally as a US senator.

..."That is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States," Mr Obama said.

...Though undoubtedly ambitious and charismatic, with relatively little national experience and formidable opponents, including Mrs Clinton, many question whether he can really secure the Democratic nomination, and whether he has the depth of policy to match.

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Obama sees new generation of leadership

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record), citing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, pledged on Saturday to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, end the war in Iraq and transform American politics as the first black U.S. president.

Launching his 2008 White House campaign outside the building where Lincoln began his fight against slavery with an 1858 speech declaring "a house divided against itself cannot stand," Obama said it was time to "turn the page" to a new politics.

...Obama's candidacy has intrigued Democrats looking for a fresh face and sparked waves of publicity and grass-roots buzz about the first black presidential candidate seen as having a chance to capture the White House.

...But the freshman senator from Illinois has faced questions and doubts about his relative lack of experience, his policy views and about whether the United States is ready to elect a black man to the White House.

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Sunday, February 4, 2007

U.N. climate panel says warming is man-made

U.N. climate panel says warming is man-made is about the most dire of all possible climate change and global warming warnings. ..."The world's top climate scientists said on Friday global warming was man-made, spurring calls for urgent government action to prevent severe and irreversible damage from rising temperatures."...

The report comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). They publish a series of assessments on various subjects. Their 2001 estimate of global warming deemed it 66 percent likely to be human-caused (hey, Mr. Bush, isn't that a pretty strong indicator?) and the current study deems it 90 percent likely.

We've wrecked the weather, Stern says "SIR Nicholas Stern, author of a major report on the economic impact of global warming, says the latest review of the scientific evidence by United Nations' experts has demolished the chief argument of so-called climate skeptics."

Science Panel Calls Global Warming ‘Unequivocal’ "They said the world was in for centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas and shifting weather patterns — unavoidable results of the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere....Feb. 2 will be remembered as the date when uncertainty was removed as to whether humans had anything to do with climate change on this planet...the warming has set in motion a rise in global sea levels, the report says. It forecasts a rise of 7 to 23 inches by 2100 and concludes that seas will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years to come. By comparison, seas rose about 6 to 9 inches in the 20th century...."

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis (Summary for Policymakers)

Even Before Its Release, World Climate Report Is Criticized as Too Optimistic Apparently many feel the report doesn't go far enough or state the case strongly enough. As if 90% is not too strong?

Democrats: Climate Report Is Smoking Gun appears in Forbes Magazine and tries to cast this report as a political problem rather than a scientific one. I have news for the Republicans, no election can turn back environmental change. The laws of nature trump the laws of man.

Humans blamed for climate change

Greenpeace Analysis of the IPCC Climate Change Confirmed: Now Take Action before It’s Too Late

Climate change: In graphics

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