Editor’s Note: Between the Thanksgiving holiday and preparations for our end-of-year fundraiser, we’ve slipped on publishing selections of recent reader comments. Here are some:

Regarding “The ‘Triumphant’ Neocons”:

Yeah Yeah, we're winning.  NOT.  #1. In some areas, the violence is down because the "ethnic cleansing" is complete and the walls are up.  #2. In some areas the violence was already going down before we got there. (Refer to statement 1)  #3.  In some areas the violence is down because we already left.

None of this appears to have anything to do with our "military surge".  Now the neo-cons are talking about regime change again - getting rid of Maliki and putting in someone more cooperative on that oil bill.

What a pile of crap.  The Progressives need to keep repeating statements #1-#3 above to anyone who will listen and ram the point home that the "surge" DID NOT WORK AND WILL NEVER WORK.  We need to get out of Iraq.  And STAY out of Iran.

Kathie Pomeroy

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Just as we thought, that we have sacrificed enough of our rights, to counter threats to this nation, Philip Girardi, in his Huffpo article is informing us of the newest one. "The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terroism Prevention Act". This one is a "dusey".

Some of us at times, wonder if what they say is  all true, or is their still a single minded agenda, at play, and if not, for "Christ`s sake, have them tell us where we are wrong. Are we to let them roam the world at will in our name, and start wars and the like, and through propaganda, assume no one can see through the veil.

One of the comparisons I can extract from our history, is the threat the Mafia posed to this nation. And if not kept in check would serve to undermine this nation also, in the same respect. The FBI, then, had all the legal investigative tools it needed, to, in a sense trap the players very well. They used their "smarts" to entrap and create informants that helped their cause, without "water boarding", mind you. Also, if compared to  today`s world, if as a nation we were to be coursed, or manipulated, to believe that all Italians were a part of the Mafia, and be treated as such, where would this nation be now. Philip Girardi`s last paragraph, goes like this:

The view that 9/11 has "changed everything" is unfortunately all too true. It has unleashed American paranoia, institutionalized mistrust of foreigners, and created a fantasy universe in which a US beset by enemies must do anything and everything to counter the alien threat. If it were a sane world, it would be difficult to imagine why anyone would believe that a Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act is even necessary. The United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in strengthening law enforcement and intelligence capabilities against terrorists and has every tool imaginable to investigate and make arrests. It has created a whole new bloated and dysfunctional branch of government in the Department of Homeland Security. What is not needed is groups of congressionally empowered vigilantes roaming the country at will looking for "homegrown terrorism."

Since nothing is clearly defined in this legislation, could they, if they wish, shut down every progressive web site in the nation. "If it talks like Fascism and walks like Fascism, it is Fascism". Many legitimate people have written about this. …

The First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments in the Bill of Rights have all been disregarded in the rush to make it easier to investigate people, put them in jail, and torture them if necessary. Can this also be interpreted as Un-American, or are, we not going to be allowed to think this way.

If none of this has any bearing on events in this nation, then as I said, will they come clean and not use the usual propaganda to prove their point, and tell us the "goddamn" truth, or is it that the truth would bring about the loss of our support. Should all those people, who take issue with, our governments policies, start looking for a cave.

Bill

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Regarding “Bush’s Plame-gate Cover-up”:

Great article, by Robert Parry on the WH exposure of the CIA OPERATIVE Valerie Plame-Wilson. I wish he had stressed , or even alluded to, Valerie's possible "BLACK"  IRANIAN OPERATION--only vaguely hinted at in her "60 Minutes" interview. Does anyone really believe the WH/MAIN STREAM MEDIA cover story that the real reason the CIA demanded the DOJ investigate the outing of one of their most valuable agents, was simply because she was a covert agent/spy? 

 
My over half-century of experience & research in INTELLIGENCE/NUCLEAR MATTERS & FOREIGN POLICY indicates to me that the WH/MSM know much more about the real reason the CIA was furious and why we all should be outraged about this traitorous White House/Office of Vice President leak of a COSMIC SECRET: A POSSIBLE CIA BLACK OPERATION TO FEED NUCLEAR MISINFORMATION TO THE IRANIANS. Its object would be to supply technical nuclear weapons to Iran to ensure that if and when the Iranian nukes were launched they would not work properly--like the North Korean atomic weapon a few years ago. 

By the way, this was the plot of Sidney Pollack's frightening 1999 movie- "Deterrence." The President of the USA, knowing that the Iraqi nukes could not explode,  abused his "ARMAGEDDON FOOTBALL" & still  dropped a H-bomb on Baghdad vaporizing millions of innocents.  Will the Bush-Cheney PREVENTIVE WARRIORS ape fiction & nuke Tehran thus joining the likes of Stalin/Hitler/Mao & Pol Pot? Sadly, after his bogus WMDs & the tissue of lies by which Bush justified his PREVENTIVE, AGGRESSIVE WAR vs. Iraq on 19 March 2003, I'm afraid it can happen again

George E. Lowe, author, The Age of Deterrence[1964]/It Can Happen Here: A Fascist Christian America[2000]/Truth Seeking[2006]  

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Regarding “Iraq’s Laboratory of Repression”:

Your article is very good, but it fails to make one essential point. The high-tech, kill anything that moves regime now in place is modeled on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The US military has now adopted the Israeli military strategy and tactics to totally subdue the population. What we have, in effect, is added Iraq to the list of occupied territories in the Middle East, and there is a de facto merger of the Israeli and American military machine to share occupation duties.

Connect the dots!!!!

Charlie Kaften

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The Iraqis will return to a normal life when we stop strafing their bridal and funeral parties. It's ridiculous to discuss individual atrocities in the Middle East when the entire invasion and occupation of Arab land was an atrocity of the highest order. If 15 of the 19 alleged (still not proven) Muslim attackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia, they why are we mass murdering the Iraqis and Afghans who had absolutely nothing to do with it? The Bush mob should be tried in our own country for the crimes against humanity they're responsible for. These aren't only impeachable offenses. These are the highest treasonous crimes, namely driving the nation to war and mass murder on a pack of lies. America will continue its death spiral unless and until we lock up the monsters who are running our nation into permanent ruin. Keep up the great writing.

Franklin L. Johnson

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Regarding “Bush Clever Cognitive Dissonance”:

Bush creates cognitive dissonance in the rest of us.  He himself, methinks, suffers from sociopathy. Only a sociopath could read his speeches with a straight face and not get a headache.

Ly Kesse

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Regarding “Six Years After ‘Gore’s Victory’”:

Google operation Operation Mockingbird and you will see why news organizations do what they did in holding back the fact that Gore did win in Florida.  News organizations have been infiltrated by... well, read about the Operation Mockingbird and tell you Consortium readers what you found.

John Thomas.

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