BULLY BOY IS BUSY PREPPING FOR HIS 2007 PRIMETIME DEBUT.
THOUGH WILLIAM KRISTOL IS PEPPERING HIM WITH "BOFFO" ONE LINERS, BULLY BOY IS SAID TO STILL BE NERVOUS.
EXPLAINED WHITE HOUSE FLACK TONY SNOWJOBS, "THIS IS A BIG MOMENT AND HE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT VIEWERS WOULD THINK AS THEY MISSED THEIR FAVORITE PROGRAMS? SO WE WENT WITH WEDNESDAY WHERE HE WOULD BE TAKING THE PLACE OF ABC'S LOST, NBC'S THE BIGGEST LOSER AND CBS' CRIMINAL MINDS. LOST, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE BIGGEST LOSER? WE STRONGLY BELIEVE A SPEECH FROM THE BULLY BOY OF THE UNITED STATES BRINGS TOGETHER ELEMENTS OF ALL THREE PROGRAMS."
Starting with US war resister Ehren Watada who awaits the decision of Lt. Col. John Head, the presiding judge in the pretrial hearing that will outline the parameters for his February 5th court-martial. Teresa Watanabe (Los Angeles Times) boils the awaited decision down: "Do military officers have the right to publicly voice dissent about their commander in chief and U.S. war policy? That question highlighted a pretrial hearing last week at Fort Lewis Army base near Seattle involving 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the nation's first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq." As Mike Hersh (OpEd News) notes, if court-martialed and found guilty of all charges, Ehren Watada faces six years in prison. Chanan Suarez-Diaz (Socialist Worker) observes that Watada is part of "the movement of military resisters" and notes that "January 21 and 22, Watada's supporters will participate in a 'Citizen's Hearing on the Legality of U.S. Actions in Iraq' -- designed to put the war on trial, rather than the brave men and women who resist it. Among the antiwar figures who will testify are former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Denis Halliday, who resigned in protest as United Nations coordinator of humanitarian aid in Iraq; and international law expert Richard Falk."
Meanwhile, Kyle Snyder, another US war resister, continues speaking out and resisting around the United States. In a co-authored post with Vietnam war resister Gerry Condon (Soldier Say No!), Snyder looks back at 2006 -- a year that for him started in Canada, found him returning to the US to turn himself in October and then self-checking out again after the US military again went back on their word -- and notes that Synder continues to speak out, asks that you contact General William McCoy, Jr. and demand the military discharge Snyder -- 573-596-0131; or, Public Affairs Office, 573-563-4013; fax: 573-563-4012, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the message: "Discharge Kyle Snyder with No Punishment."
Snyder and Watada are part of a movement of resistance to the illegal war within the military that also includes Darrell Anderson, Ricky Clousing, Aidan Delgado, Mark Wilkerson, Agustin Aguayo, Joshua Key, Ivan Brobeck, Camilo Meija, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Jeremy Hinzman, Corey Glass, Patrick Hart, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske and Kevin Benderman. In total, thirty-eight US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Appeal for Redress is collecting signatures of active duty service members calling on Congress to bring the troops home -- the petition will be delivered to Congress this month.
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