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Hornberger’s Blog, August 2004

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Tuesday, August 31, 2004 Some pro-Vietnam War veterans are taking John Kerry to task for his antiwar positions after he returned from Vietnam. What these guys fail to understand is simply because soldiers fight in a war doesn’t make the war right or just, not even if the soldiers fight bravely or courageously. For example, there were plenty of German and Soviet soldiers who fought bravely and courageously when Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland on the eve of World War II but that certainly didn’t mean that their invasion and occupation of Poland was right or just. In fact, the German war of aggression against Poland was later condemned as a war crime at Nuremberg. (The Soviet invasion of Poland was not condemned at Nuremberg because the Soviet Union was one of the Nuremberg judges.) One of the big problems with the U.S. government’s endless series of foreign wars is that it produces a built-in constituency of war veterans who ...

Hornberger’s Blog, July 2004

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Saturday, July 31, 2004 Well, well, well—surprise, surprise—millions of dollars in Iraqi oil money that have supposedly been used to “rebuild” Iraq are unaccounted for, resulting in 27 criminal investigations for fraud—against U.S. officials. The Los Angeles Times reports, “The report raises anew questions surrounding the occupation government under Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, who turned over control in June to an interim Iraqi government.” Question: Will Bill O’Reilly, William Safire, and other neo-cons who have shown “outrage” over the financial scandal involving the UN’s oil-for-food program show as much “outrage” over this scandal? Don’t count on it. Maybe they just don't realize that there's "waste, fraud, and abuse" in all socialist programs, including ones run by U.S. government officials. Not surprisingly, the Pentagon officials did not return calls from the LA Times for comment. Perhaps that’s because fraud involving hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi oil money to “rebuild” Iraq doesn’t exactly look too good in the eyes ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2004

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 The neoconservative commentators who believe that patriotism means blind support of government, especially during times of war, are stunned, shocked, and paralyzed over the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Hamdi, Guantanamo, and Padilla cases because they now can’t decide which branch of government to support — the executive branch’s claim to dictatorial powers or the judicial branch’s striking down of such powers as inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. Tuesday, June 29, 2004 The Supreme Court’s rulings yesterday against President Bush and the Pentagon in the Guantanamo Bay and Yaser Hamdi cases should bring a sense of relief to the American people, especially given that the Congress has played such a pathetic and cowardly role in the defense of civil liberties during the most massive presidential and military assault on the rights and freedoms of the American people since at least the time of the Civil War. (The Court deferred ruling on the merits in the Jose ...

Hornberger’s Blog, April 2004

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Friday, April 30, 2004 Two responses to my article “Is Fox News Supporting the Troops or the President?” and my rejoinders to these responses have been posted on Antiwar.com’s “Backtalk”: Kari Mencik: “This is the most irresponsible article I’ve read….” Jacob Hornberger: “Speaking of Berlin and Germany, let’s not forget the “liberation” and occupation….” *** Rachel Bass: “This man claims that ...