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A Laughable Excuse for Invading Iraq

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Among the most laughable excuses for invading Iraq was the one that said that the U.S. government invaded the country to help free the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. That was the big excuse that was trotted out after the WMD excuse proved to be unfounded. For one thing, there was never any concern for the well-being of the Iraqi people prior to the invasion. Recall, for example, the 11 years of brutal sanctions that preceded the invasion. Year after year, the Iraqi people were suffering economic devastation from the sanctions. Even worse, Iraqi children were dying by the thousands every year. In fact, the mindset of U.S. officials was captured perfectly by U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Madeleine Albright, who declared that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions was “worth it.” That was in 1996, and there wasn’t a peep of protest from her boss, President Clinton, or any other U.S. official. That’s undoubtedly because ...

American Children and Foreign Children

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If there is a more emotionally painful experience than a parent’s losing a child, I can’t imagine what it would be. The emotional wound is raw and goes down to the deepest recesses of a person’s heart and soul. And as we see with the Connecticut massacre of all those little children, it’s not just the parents or even just Connecticut residents, who feel the pain and anguish over what has occurred. People all over the country sympathize deeply with the pain being suffered by the parents of those children. What I find absolutely fascinating, however, is how so many Americans have a totally different reaction when it comes to the deaths of foreign children at the hands of the U.S. national-security state. There is an indifference and a callousness that defies credulity. Yet, that mindset ...

An Awesome Tour!

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It was exciting, eventful, and enjoyable! I’m referring, of course, to our second College Civil Liberties Tour, which took place out west last week. At each of the five events, the audiences, which ranged in size from around 140-200, were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and passionate. They consisted predominantly of college students but there were also plenty of non-students at the events, including a member of Congress and a man named Bert Sacks, who fought a heroic and successful fight against the federal government’s levy of a $10,000 fine on him for taking medicines to Iraq in violation of the brutal sanctions that the U.S. government enforced against Iraq during the 1990s. The Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), the co-sponsor of the tour, did a fantastic job of selecting the venues, organizing each event, and promoting it. Our panels consisted of Glenn Greenwald, the noted liberal who now writes for the Guardian, Bruce Fein, the noted conservative who worked in the ...

Hornberger’s Blog, January 2012

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Just Ditch Medicare and Medicaid I just don’t get conservatives. They say they support individual freedom, economic liberty, free markets, limited government, and the Constitution. They also say they oppose socialism, interventionism, collectivism, and paternalism. They point out that such isms just don’t work. Okay, fine. Then why don’t conservatives call for the immediate repeal of Medicare and Medicaid? Why ...

Hornberger’s Blog, January 2011

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Monday, January 31, 2011 U.S.-Supported Tyranny in Egypt Among the people who might be most disturbed about the popular revolts in the Middle East are public schoolteachers across America. No, not because they necessarily oppose popular uprisings against brutal dictatorships but rather because they’re likely to be hit by an uncomfortable question from their students. “Ever since the first grade, we’ve been ...