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Thursday, January 04, 2007


Essential listening

KPFA (Pacifica/Berkeley)'s Flashpoints Radio has just concluded (as I write this) a full hour of independent journalist Dahr Jamail being interviewed by host Nora Barrows-Friedman. Jamail covers such topics as the American role in organizing the death squads in Iraq, permanent bases and the huge American embassy, and the situation in Iraq today, along with Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, and more. Believe me, you don't want to miss this one.

This is the link to get to the audio download, which will be available an hour or two (I think) after the show finished at 6 p.m. Pacific.

In conjunction with the discussion of American bases, Jamail mentions the lack of opposition to those from virtually all elected Democrats. In conjunction with that, I'll piggyback on this post an excerpt from a form reply I received today from liberal Democratic California Senator Barbara Boxer:

"I do not support a large influx of U.S. troops into Iraq, and I believe that we must end our open-ended commitment to keep large numbers of U.S. troops in Iraq."
From that I can only assume she's fine with a "small influx" of U.S. troops into Iraq, as well as an open-ended commitment to keep "small numbers" (30,000, 50,000, 75,000 - who knows what her definition of "large" is). At least, that's what I assume until proven otherwise. And, based on the lack of Democratic opposition to large numbers of U.S. military in Germany, South Korea, and elsewhere, I think I stand on solid ground.

The cry of "Out Now!" means not only now but all out now.

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