Archives for Opinion

Out of control and beyond reality

By DOUG THOMPSON Let's face the sad truth. The United States of America is a nation out of control, spiraling downward at an alarming rate, controlled by a cabal of manipulative political hacks who put their own greed and lust for power above the best interests of a beleaguered country.
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Casualties of war

By DOUG THOMPSON Truth, it is said, is the first casualty of war.Civilizations on earth have waged war since the beginning of time and those who wage it were the first to recognize that truth and war could not co-exist. "In war, truth is the first casualty," said Greek dramatist Aeschylus somewhere around 500 BC. "All warfare is based on deception," proclaimed fifth century Chinese General Sun Tzu in his military manual, The Art of War.
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Lies, damn lies and George W. Bush

By DOUG THOMPSON One word will define forever the sad and despicable legacy of George W. Bush. Liar. Most politicians lie. They call it "spin" or "positioning" or "situation analysis" but evasion of truth becomes part of political life. Yet lying is so ingrained into the Bush Administration that it now is impossible to accept, on face value, anything the President or his appointees say.
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Bush’s plan to destroy America

By DOUG THOMPSON The absolute and unrelenting takeover of the government of the United States by George W. Bush continues - right under the noses of the new Democratic leadership of Congress and in outright defiance of the wishes of the American voters who sent a clear mandate for change in last year's elections.


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Judging war and protest by the numbers

By DOUG THOMPSON Lyndon Johnson told the nation, "Have no fear of escalation. I am trying everyone to please. Though it isn't really war, We're sending fifty thousand more, To help save Vietnam from Vietnamese." Tom Paxton's lyrics from 40 years ago came back to mind this weekend as thousands upon thousands of protesters gathered on both coasts to protest yet another questionable war. I jumped off the old troop ship, And sank in mud up to my hips. I cussed until the captain called me down.
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The madness of Vice King Dick

By DOUG THOMPSON Vice President Dick Cheney has long served as the most arrogant face of the supremely arrogant administration of President George W. Bush but even clueless supporters of the White House have to admit the bravado is wearing then when the Senate's most warmongering Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, says he's had enough of Cheney and his domination of policy. McCain calls Cheney's crafting of Iraq war policy a "witches brew" and says Bush "has been badly served" by his Vice President.
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Another mission unaccomplished

By DOUG THOMPSON His bravado beaten down by his many failures, a tired President George W. Bush went before a weary nation Tuesday night in a last-ditch effort to convince a doubting America and a hostile Congress that his attempt at leadership has not been a dismal, complete and utter failure. As speeches go, his State of the Union address was better than some of his previous efforts - devoid of the multiple verbal gaffes that have marred his Presidency.
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How many more have to die?

By DOUG THOMPSON President George W. Bush's illegal, immoral and inexcusable war in Iraq cost another 27 American soldiers their lives over the weekend. That's right: 27. Saturday's escalating violence in the out-of-control civil war killed 25 Americans - the third bloodiest day of the war - and two more died on Sunday.
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Much ado about nothing

By DOUG THOMPSON Consider the irony. Democrats in the House and Senate got all giddy with excitement Thursday because Congress actually did something. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the completion of their "100 hour agenda" in just 87 hours, give or take a few dozen hours by playing with the legislative clock. Over on the Senate site, the Dems trumpet the passage of "ethics and lobbying reform." Let's see. In the first 19 days of the New Year, the House managed to pass six bills and the Senate one.
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