Christopher Hitchens, whom I love to read and is totally insistent on this war, and moreso on the fact that he believes he is the only person who can validate its purposes went to war himself last night with George Galloway. Download the show from KPFT. A BitTorrent of the video of the debate is available here.
Rep. Cynthia McKinley went on a tirade on the House floor the other day, only to find that her suggestion for an impeachment by Special Order censored from the House record. Bellacio has the full transcript – a great read that includes mention of the following headlines:
“FEMA won?t accept Amtrak?s help in evacuations.??
“FEMA turns away experienced firefighters.??
“FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks.??
“FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel.??
“Homeland Security won?t let Red Cross deliver food.??
“FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans.??
“FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid.??
“FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board.??
“FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck.??
“FEMA turns away generators.??
“FEMA first responders urged not to respond.??
Media Matters for America directs us all to the September 12 Chris Matthews show on MSNBC in which NYT columnist David Brooks admits since the early days,
“the Bush administration adopted a policy of shielding itself from political damage by never publicly admitting any mistake — even if it meant lying to the media and the American public.”
Video, commentary, and extensive links at Media Matters.
An incredible conference entitled “Terrorism, Security, and America’s Purpose” slipped under the radar this past week. Keynote speakers included Joseph Biden, Wesley Clark, Madeleine Albright James Fallows, Edward Soros, Tom Clancy and more.
White papers and video from the conference are available at