Tag: norman solomon
|With the nuclear meltdowns in japan, it’s up to us to peacefully and insistently shut our U.S. plants down.|
|The networks are filled with reports commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, but few discuss the human rights and economic issues that he fought for in life.|
|Evidence of the Obama administration’s “moral collapse” is profuse; the pattern is clear, the consequences already terrible.|
|In a democracy, people have a right to know what their government is actually doing. In a pseudo-democracy, a bunch of fairy tales from high places will do the trick. What kind of “national security” can be built on duplicity from a government that is discredited and refuted by its own documents?|
|The best way to defeat right-wing xenophobic “populism” is to build genuine progressive populism. In the process, we can draw on the spirit of the New Deal.|
|The election of 2010 is now grim history. It’s time for progressives to go back to the grassroots and organize with renewed, deepened commitment to changing the direction of this country.|
After more than twenty months of White House insistence that the only useful role for progressive canaries is to keep singing the president’s tune, the electoral coal mine is filled with the political equivalent of carbon monoxide and methane.
On the last night of August, the president used an Oval Office speech to boost a policy of perpetual war. With his commitment to war in Afghanistan, President Obama is not only on the wrong side of history. He is also now propagating an exculpatory view of any and all U.S. war efforts.
Every week, billions of dollars and uncounted lives are sacrificed in the service of what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.” While history is not exactly repeating, it is rhyming. Like a dirge.
In the current stage of denial, administration spinners are acutely eager to distinguish Obama’s “new policy” from events as recent as last year—as though we’re supposed to believe it’s no longer the case that the Taliban is “gaining strength.”
In the Senate of 2010, the baseline of conscience and courage is at an abysmally low level.
President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush.
You can’t keep a war in a box any more than you can deliver a government in a box.
Many in Congress who say they don’t support the war keep voting to fund it—and keep their voices muffled.
No shortage of bombs in Afghanistan; a lethal shortage of tents in Haiti. Such priorities—actual, not rhetorical—are routine.
For the United States, an epitaph on the horizon says: “We had to destroy our country in order to defend it.”
Mobilization of progressive movements to pressurize Obama in the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill has always been essential. It hasn’t happened. Instead, among Democratic loyalists, reflexive support for the latest line from the administration has made it easier for Obama to move rightward.
“Escalation” is a word for a methodical process of acclimating people at home to the idea of more military intervention abroad — nothing too sudden, just a step-by-step process of turning even more war into media wallpaper.
By the time the star-spangled cover reached Sunday breakfast tables, NATO air attacks on Yugoslavia were underway; the U.S.-led bombing campaign would last for seventy-eight straight days.
The anti-Hillary candidate on the deaf media, war opportunism and building a progressive infrastructure.
|Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on July 25 that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government.|
The columnist and author on the current war with Iraq and the next one with…