Wednesday, October 03, 2007

In the News – 2007-Oct-03

U.S. protests shrink while antiwar sentiment grows - 3 Oct 2007 at 8:36am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crowds at antiwar rallies in Washington have dwindled even as U.S. opinion has turned against the war in Iraq, as organizers feud and participants question the effectiveness of the street protests.

U.S. in Iraq says finds list of foreign fighters - 3 Oct 2007 at 8:29am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had discovered a list of some 500 al Qaeda militants recruited to fight in Iraq from a range of European, Middle East and north African countries.

Questions raised over US terror exercise - 3 Oct 2007 at 11:48am - WASHINGTON -- The nation is preparing for its biggest terrorism exercise ever later this month when three fictional "dirty bombs" go off and cripple transportation arteries in two major U.S. cities and Guam, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

Senate approves intelligence bill - 3 Oct 2007 at 2:22pm - WASHINGTON -- The Senate has scrapped its bid to obtain the archive of daily intelligence briefings given to the president on Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion.

Iraq PM Maliki questions future of Blackwater - 3 Oct 2007 at 2:30pm - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki questioned on Wednesday whether U.S. private security firm Blackwater had any future role in Iraq because of the high number of shooting incidents in which it had been involved.

Thought for the day:
The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. -P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975)


At 12:47 PM, Blogger Jen Clark said...

It's not surprising at all that the protests are being attended by less people. I went to the big one in DC on January 27th and there were easily 500,000 people there. The media reported "tens of thousands", as if most of us weren't even there.

There's also the fact that each peace group wants to be the headliner, so they have yet to get together, decide on a date, and organize one big rally. With all these separate rallies, how can they expect someone like me (a financially strapped blogger in California) to keep flying across the country.

And then there's the biggest reason at all... this White House openly doesn't give a damn about public opinion. Nixon was afraid of being exposed and backed down when he saw people in the streets. Bush, first of all, doesn't see the people in the streets. And even if he did, this guy just doesn't care.

Our best method of enacting change is to harass our Congressional representatives daily with the goal of pressuring them to start impeachment proceedings. Nothing short of being thrown out of office is going to keep this guy in check.


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