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2 Oct 2004

Extraordinary Rendition

Michael J. Totten's blog Extraordinary Rendition. That’s a euphemism for torture. House Speaker Dennis Hastert wants to legalize it — sort of. He proposed a bill that would allow the United States to ship people off to totalitarian dungeons like ...

26 Sep 2004

Department of Duh

Michael J. Totten's blog John Kerry must know the truth about France and Germany. He’s a senator. He’s been around a while. Our two “allies” didn’t refuse to help the coalition in Iraq because they don’t like Bush’s cowboy talk or because Rumsfeld ...

Saudis: Eradicate Us!

Michael J. Totten's blog The government of Saudi Arabia proposes self-eradication . UNITED NATIONS – Saudi Arabia announced plans to host an international conference on combating terrorism but said on Monday that all Middle East security efforts will ...

25 Sep 2004

“A war-mongering, death-worshipping thug”

Michael J. Totten's blog While we’re on the subject of Che Guevara (see the next post down), Ken Wheaton wonders why on earth any pacifist-leaning middle-class American would exalt a man who fought to the death against everything they stand for and ...

14 Sep 2004

Dinosaur in a Suit

Michael J. Totten's blog Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times , manages to be both an elitist and a reactionary at the same time. This takes us to another important on-line phenomenon, the rise of bloggers. These individuals publish web ...

13 Sep 2004

Closing the Gap Between the First World and the Third

Michael J. Totten's blog Matthew Yglesias thinks the blogosphere is a little too quick to slap itself on the back for breaking Rathergate. I’m not quite sure I grasp all the blogosphere triumphalism surrounding the Killian memos. After CBS ran the ...

8 Sep 2004

Fiddling on Two Fronts

Michael J. Totten's blog If you’re surprised by or skeptical of the following , please raise your hand in the comments: VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is using negotiations with the European Union’s “big three” on suspending sensitive nuclear activities to ...

6 Sep 2004

We Cannot Fall Apart (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog Dick Cheney is selling poison in Iowa. DES MOINES, Iowa – Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday warned Americans about voting for Democratic Sen. John Kerry, saying that if the nation makes the wrong choice on Election Day it ...

21 Aug 2004

Linking Johann

Michael J. Totten's blog It has been too long since I’ve linked to anything by Johann Hari, one of the best journalists around. So today I am linking him twice. I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to Iraq’s Ayatollah Sistani, but he has and what ...

18 Aug 2004

Comrade Chavez “Owns” Venezuela

Michael J. Totten's blog Comrade Hugo Chavez and his gun-toting goons think if they win an election it’s okay to murder the opposition. Those comparing him to Chile’s Salvador Allende, stop. The number of people killed by Allende’s government reached ...

15 Aug 2004

Nader Backs Palestinian State. Big Deal.

Michael J. Totten's blog Marcus over at Harry’s Place posted this excerpt from Nicholas Wapshot in the Times of London: While it is hard to distinguish much difference in their attitude towards Israel and Islam of either the President, who is ...

Class Warfare – A Reality Check

Michael J. Totten's blog The Democratic Party is frequently accused of waging “class warfare” inside the United States for bickering with the GOP about the tax code. Now is a good time to revisit what class warfare actually looks like. From a blog I ...

12 Aug 2004

Sadr Cries Uncle?

Michael J. Totten's blog A shaky truce has been called between the U.S. and al-Sadr’s insurgency. NAJAF, Iraq – Iraqi officials and aides to a radical Shiite cleric negotiated Friday to end fighting that has raged in Najaf for nine days, after ...

Kick Chavez in the Ass. Please.

Michael J. Totten's blog Tomorrow (Sunday) Venezuelans will vote whether or not to recall their brute-in-chief Hugo Chavez. For a brief period of time (long since lapsed) I thought Chavez might be the right guy for Venezuela. Somebody had to come ...

10 Aug 2004

New Column

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s my new Tech Central Station column about my experience with the legendary Arab hospitality, which I’m happy to report is alive, well, and understated: An American in Tunisia . North America US ...

9 Aug 2004

Kill Moqtada Al Sadr – Part Two

Michael J. Totten's blog As expected, I’m being taken to task in the comments section in my previous post for saying it’s time to take out Moqtada al Sadr. For whatever it’s worth, at least some people in Iraq are with me on this. Obviously, some ...

8 Aug 2004

Kill Moqtada al-Sadr

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s long past time to remove the gun from Iraqi politics. The irony is that you have to use guns to do it. If Iraqi liberals (ie, those who wish to replace bullets with ballots) are not willing to kill those who take up arms ...

4 Aug 2004

Biden V. Kerry

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s too bad someone like Sen. Joe Biden didn’t run in the Democratic primary. (It would have helped even more had he won it, but that’s another discussion.) Peter Beinart, editor of The New Republic , compares and contrasts ...

3 Aug 2004

No Blog for You

Michael J. Totten's blog Looks like the CIA wants to shut down George W. Bush’s blog . Or maybe not. The Onion reports, you decide. Hat tip: Layne . North America US CIA ...

Welcome to Memphis

Michael J. Totten's blog How embarassing is this ? MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Iraqis visiting on a civil rights tour were barred from city hall after the city council chairman said it was too dangerous to let them in. The seven Iraqi civic and community ...

1 Aug 2004

A Crime Against Iraqis

Michael J. Totten's blog Omar at Iraq the Model has an anecdotal report on his country’s opinion of the bombing of four Christian churches over the weekend. I’ve tried to ask as many Iraqis as I could about their feelings and all Iraqis I met showed ...

Terror Alerts

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m tired of terror alerts. The government has to warn us if they think something’s afoot, obviously. The very fact that a warning is given at all may deter an attack in the works, especially in cases like the one over the ...

27 Jul 2004

The Real Iraqi Resistance

Michael J. Totten's blog Meet the new Iraqi fascism. Same as the old Iraqi fascism. 70 civilians who were going about their day were torn to pieces on the streets of Baghdad today by Michael Moore’s heroes of the so-called Iraqi “resistance.” He ...

26 Jul 2004

Kerry: Stop Genocide in Sudan

Michael J. Totten's blog So far, the supposedly anti-war candidate John Kerry has articulated the most forceful position yet against genocide in Sudan. I believe in the value of American leadership in the world. Today, a massive humanitarian crisis ...

26 Jun 2004

In Ottawa

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m in Ottawa, Canada, mildly jet-lagged and severely sleep-deprived. I was going to post some photos and commentary, but tonight it ain’t happening. First thing tomorrow (Monday) morning I go to the Libyan embassy to pick up ...

24 Jun 2004

Are We Out of Gas?

Michael J. Totten's blog It looks to me like the Bush Administration, its namesake doctrine, and America’s race to pre-empt terrorism of mass destruction has run out of gas. Jim Hoagland says in The Washington Post he thinks there will be no more ...

22 Jun 2004

Quote of the Day

Michael J. Totten's blog It is quite remarkable that the American state, with its unelected president, venal Supreme Court, silent Congress, gutted Bill of Rights and compliant media represents the crushing of internal dissent in order to propagate ...

Our Indecent Senate

Michael J. Totten's blog So. The Senate decided it wants to fine every single person, and that could include you and me, 275,000 dollars just for saying one naughty word (that is, whatever the FCC unilaterally decides is a naughty word) on the radio ...

21 Jun 2004

Into the Neoconservative Lair

Michael J. Totten's blog Roger L. Simon risked life, limb, and reputation to descend into the neocon lair in Washington where he caught Dr. Michael Ledeen — on camera! — translating The Communist Manifesto from its original Straussian into corporate ...

20 Jun 2004

Good Riddance to the Intifada

Michael J. Totten's blog Shortly after Ariel Sharon was elected in Israel he cynically demanded a full week of quiet before he would agree to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. I say “cynically” because most people, not least himself, knew ...

18 Jun 2004

The Latest

Michael J. Totten's blog Here are photos of what Al Qaeda did yesterday in Saudi Arabia. If CNN will air photos of abuse in Abu Ghraib they need to publish these. I’m tired of issuing warnings along with my links to graphic photos. Most of us do need ...

15 Jun 2004

Al-Sadr Becomes Pat Robertson

Michael J. Totten's blog The insurgency of Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s fundamentalist fanatic-in-chief, is toast . NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr sent his fighters home on Wednesday in what may mark the end of a 10-week revolt ...

11 Jun 2004

Tourism in Ottawa

Michael J. Totten's blog So it looks like I may have to fly 3,000 miles to Ottawa, Canada two weeks from now to run a 20-minute errand. (Yes, I’m serious. Long story. Don’t ask. Just understand that the Libyan tourism-visa bureaucracy is something to ...

8 Jun 2004

My Up and Coming Internet Nirvana

Michael J. Totten's blog One of my local alt-weeklies Willamette Week tells us why if you’re a tech geek (or a blogger who makes his living as a telecommuting writer who relies on constant Internet access) there are some serious bennies to living in ...

6 Jun 2004

The Film-Watching Habits of Josef Stalin

Michael J. Totten's blog Josef Stalin’s personal papers were recently made available to the public. It’s already well-known that Uncle Joe loved the movies, even those made in the decadent bourgeois West. Now the Daily Telegraph tells us Stalin sent ...

5 Jun 2004

A Liberal Empire?

Michael J. Totten's blog I hate the word empire when used to describe the United States. If the US is an empire, it sure is empire-lite. We are not expanding the borders. It’s hard to have colonies when you don’t have any colonists. Aside from Iraq ...

2 Jun 2004

Tenet “Quits”

Michael J. Totten's blog So George Tenet was fired . WASHINGTON – CIA Director George Tenet, buffeted by controversies over intelligence lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has resigned. ...

Interview with Roger L. Simon

Michael J. Totten's blog Roger L. Simon is one of my favorite bloggers. One reason is because he’s a friend, and another is because he probably agrees with me more than anyone else. So okay, I’m biased. But there you have it. He says he’s the only ...

1 Jun 2004

Tilting at Science

Michael J. Totten's blog Michael Crowly writes in The New Republic about how America is rapidly falling behind the curve in a key sector of biotechnology. Last month, The Boston Globe published a science article, datelined from far away Brno, Czech ...

31 May 2004

Spirit of America

Michael J. Totten's blog Winds of Change blogger Armed Liberal finally came out of psuedoanonymity – his real name is Marc Danziger – because he’s the new C.O.O. of Sprit of America . I’m teaming up with Marc, Jeff Jarvis , Roger L. Simon , and some ...

27 May 2004

Fisking Pat Buchanan

Michael J. Totten's blog Pat Buchanan is being an ass again. Fisking him may be, as Gerard Van der Leun likes to put it, one of those Fish. Barrel. Bang! type of deals. But still it’s something that needs to be done every couple of months to reduce ...

23 May 2004

Winds of Change

Michael J. Totten's blog Tossing Saddam in the slammer keeps yielding intended benefits . TUNIS (Reuters) – Arab governments, responding to a U.S. campaign for Arab democracy, have promised to carry out political and social reforms in an oil-rich ...

21 May 2004

A Very Bad Day?

Michael J. Totten's blog According to this article in The New York Times , most of the serious abuses at Abu Ghraib prison occurred on a single day in November. The day of abuse — a Saturday — capped what had been the worst week for U.S. troops in ...

15 May 2004

Operation Copper Green

Michael J. Totten's blog Seymour Hersh dropped another bomb , so to speak, on the Pentagon this weekend in The New Yorker . He has plenty of (unnamed) sources who claim the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq was given before-the-fact authorization ...

12 May 2004

The Snuff Film Reality Check

Michael J. Totten's blog Marc Cooper says the prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib pales next to the barbarism in the Nick Berg snuff film. No kidding. But he’s mercilessly heckled in the comments by the usual suspects. The only thing a certain kind of ...

8 May 2004

What Damage They Have Wrought

Michael J. Totten's blog My disgust at the soldiers who abused Iraqi prisoners seems to be bottomless. Somehow it manages to get deeper every day. The Terror War has two fronts. One is a war of bullets and bombs. The other is a war of ideas, a war of ...

This is Not Justice

Michael J. Totten's blog In some states you can go to jail for years if you’re caught selling dope. You can get kicked out of the military if they find out you’re gay. But it you torture Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison you might only get one year in ...

1 May 2004

We Are Winning

Michael J. Totten's blog If you own Al Qaeda stock, I suggest you sell it . WASHINGTON (CNN) — International acts of terror in 2003 were the fewest in more than 30 years, according to the U.S. State Department’s annual terrorism report released ...

Fallujah and the Fog of War

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t know what on earth is happening in Fallujah. I get the impression, and so does Andrew Sullivan , that the folks in Washington don’t know what’s happening either. And they know a lot more than I do. It’s tempting to ...

28 Apr 2004

A Good Anti-war Blog

Michael J. Totten's blog If you’re a hawk like me you may have a tough time finding contrary points of view that don’t make you cringe. I know I do. It isn’t easy to find smart people with substantive criticisms of American foreign policy who don’t ...

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