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Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves

by : Robert Fisk
Wednesday January 5, 2005 - 05:02
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"The American project for democracy or whatever its real purposes were, for oil, economic expansion, Middle East fit for Israel, whatever it may have been, that project is finished. It is hopeless. It cannot succeed. The insurgency in Iraq is so great now that American troops, however enormous their technology, cannot control it."

"Not only do our leaders suffer from this mania of deluding themselves, but the press by their silence or by their complicity, assist in this process of self-delusion. Indeed, they self-delude themselves. In Britain, we have, you know, some newspapers, my own, The Independent, The Guardian and increasingly, I suspect The Daily Telegraph, which is no longer prepared to do this. They say, hold on a second, we have got to live on Planet Earth."

 Robert Fisk

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Well, I think that the whole project in Iraq is finished. We are not being told by Mr. Blair in my case and Bush in yours that this is the case, and perhaps through their own misjudgment or their own fantasies, they don’t even accept this themselves. But the American project for democracy or whatever its real purposes were, for oil, economic expansion, Middle East fit for Israel, whatever it may have been, that project is finished. It is hopeless. It cannot succeed. The insurgency in Iraq is so great now that American troops, however enormous their technology, cannot control it.

The Iraqi so-called ministers, and I include Iyad Allawi, the so-called interim prime minister, who was of course appointed by the Americans as a former C.I.A. asset, they behave like statesmen when they tour the world or turn up in Washington, but in Baghdad they’re not even safe inside their little Green Zone. They’re not even the Mayor of Baghdad, they have less power than the town clerk. So, we have reached a stage now where insurgents control much of the country. The only safe part of Iraq is Kurdistan in the north, which is effectively an autonomous region, outside of the control anyway of the Iraqi government. And the elections, which are coming up, appear doomed because already we’re hearing that if the Sunnis won’t take part, the Americans are trying to persuade the unelected government to appoint Sunni Muslims to make up for the voters who didn’t vote. This is not an election, this is a charade. And what has happened is that the alienation of the Iraqis as a people from the West has been brought about by lunatic policies by the State Department and by the Pentagon, I’m afraid by the behavior of American troops and a lesser expect, but nonetheless culpable British troops and by the fantasies, which drove this war in the first place, the idea that we were going to suddenly create democracy in the Middle East.

One of the things I have been studying for my new book on the Middle East, which comes out this year, is what happened when the rebellion first occurred in 1920, the time of which Lawrence of Arabia was talking, against the British military in Iraq. And exactly the same pattern took place. The Sunni Muslims became disenfranchised. The British laid seize to Fallujah, they laid seize to Najaf. The prime minister, in this case Lloyd George rather than Tony Blair, said if we believe there will be civil war and British military intelligence in Baghdad claimed that the terrorists were arriving - in 1920 this is - from Syria. Same old sorry. So I am afraid that even if you look at the pattern of history, there is no hope. If you look at the pattern today there is no hope. We come back to the equation, which I think I have set out on your program before, that the Americans must leave, and the Americans will leave, and the Americans can’t leave.

Sure. I mean, you have got to realize that this is now a constant sort of logo of American and British news-speak in Iraq. They announce that something wonderful is going to happen, an interim governments a new constitution, elections. And then they say that violence is going to increase, that things are going to get worse the nearer we get to it. In other words the better things to come, the worse things are. The worse things are, the better things are going to become. This is part of the self-delusional policy with which we tried to hide our total failure in Iraq, our total failure even to control the country and allow the citizens of that country to live in safety and security. We don’t even give the casualty figures. We don’t know, we don’t care about them.

This is just a partial transcript of Fisk’s interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, Jan 3, 2005.

Click here for the full transcript or to listen to the show
-http://www.democracynow.org/article...



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> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday January 5 - 07:14 - Posted by 27d621ecda67e3c6...

Finally someone has the courage to speak the truth. Wonder how long it will be before the troops will abandon the place like we did in Vietnam? The sooner we leave there the better for all. The Iraqi people want us out and they should be the ones to rebuild their country. We should give them the money we give Halliburton, and Kellogg Brown and Root, and Carlyle, and the hundreds of other neo con affiliated businesses and get the hell out of there before more lives are squandered for nothing.




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday January 5 - 21:01 - Posted by 06f96c0994e72df3...

I beleive America and Israel set off a thermonuclear bomb in the waters of S. Asia. With Afghanistan and Iraq already lost, the Wall Street bankers were all desperately looking for other ways to control our world, when suddenly and very conveniently, the Sumatran Trench exploded. An earthquake is always triggered by a resonant electromagnetic frequency in the range 0.5 to 12 Hertz, but it is not an instant process, because the resonant frequency must be precise. Thus as true resonance approaches, the fault line starts to tremble like a piece of rope under tension, and sends out warnings to the seismographs in the form of steadily increasing transverse shear waves. If all you get is a cluster of "P" compression waves, then you are almost certainly looking at an underground or sub sea explosion. These were in fact the only copious seismic signals that the Indonesians and Indians received, and they looked curiously similar to those generated many years ago by large underground nuclear weapons in Nevada. The Indian Government knew full well that this was not a "normal" earthquake. On 27 December India refused to join George Bush’s planned exclusive ’club of four’, which would have effectively pulled this Asian nuclear power out of its new coalition with Russia, China and Brazil. On 28 December the Indian Government politely warned the American military to stay clear of Indian sovereign territory, and on 29 December the India Daily Editorial publicly questioned the nature of the event: "Was this a showdown by a country to show the region what havoc can be created?" ... "Given the level of devastation and given the fact India is a regional power in South Asia, [the] Indian Navy has an obligation to investigate and tell the world what they found."

When the World finds out that it was those evil men who want to control world events that were responsible for this disaster, Israel and America will been hit by Major bombs from over a thousand nations. Kill the bad blood that the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Crown, and of course the Black Pope who controls the Vatican, has caused to innocent people.

It must stop NOW!



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 02:43 - Posted by 4699d00860d02363...

sick and twisted



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 06:44 - Posted by 402325dead450bef...

You make some excellent points but your delivery will cause people to draw back and think that here is another paranoid rant. But truth to tell, I and many friends made several analyses of the tsunami phenomenon and came to pretty much the same conclusions as yourself. I will not be surprised if as a result of US nuclear testing in the region the groundwork was laid for this catastrophe. The US has the most fiendish weapons in the world, the true WMD and with these evil creatures in the White House, one cannot discount the possibiiity of their having a hand in this disaster- all the better to jump in and say: "Here we are to help you. Now love us!’



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Friday January 7 - 13:58 - Posted by e3f405755a63b93a...

we are living the kind of life that is calling for another way of living, how much longer can the people of this world be manipulated, murdered, lied to, and befooled, this war has never been about terrorism, its about global domination of the capitalists and the puppets that they control.
i believe that the tsunami could well have been caused deliberately to deflect the worlds attention away from iraq, very convenient! its time to wake up and smell the bulls#!t before its to late!
steve.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 07:12 - Posted by 04403656b5b758ff...

I agree completely



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 15:06 - Posted by 63cefad6790a3d2b...

I’ve heard some BS before but this puts a cherry on the cake. Humm, let me guess. you wouldn’t be a musulm would you?



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday January 5 - 22:10 - Posted by 5d4982b6dec4e77b...

Bush is a Bonesman................

http://www.reformation.org/don-fran...



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday January 5 - 17:59 - Posted by 8af2528d3bcb4a18...

Lets copy this interview with Fisk all over the net so that as many people as possible read it.




>Antiwar "Pre-intelligence"
Wednesday January 5 - 20:23 - Posted by fdaa17a3236bf03b...

Fisk is right on again. I remember reading his ’Can’t Blair See that this Country
is About to Explode? Can’t Bush?’ article in August forecasting what is happening now. (http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/080...) 6 months or more ago, the antiwar movement predicted with great clarity the events that are transpiring today. For those who’ve been monitoring the war current events are no surprise, as they are the predictable end result in the chain of causality set off by the desire to go to war in Iraq. The rhetoric of Bush and crew has glazed over their view of reality. Just like Vietnam, military leaders are caught between practical assessment (reality of what is going on on the battlefield) versus what their leaders want to hear.
The consequences of this Double Think are that positive results are exaggerated and negative realities whitewashed. The truth does get out; once Fallujah is exposed as the pointless, wanton slaughter of civilians it was (is?), anti-US forces will have yet another rallying cry. Those who weren’t anti-US from Abu Ghraib will be made so with Fallujah. And what is the end result of this war? More US borrowing (forestalling economic unpleasantries to come), lost international credibility (Karl Rove’s magic is limited in that arena), and wasted lives.




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday January 5 - 20:46 - Posted by 7b402c8fb8ebf47b...

Go get em Fisk! keep up the great work, ed@zeda.org




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday January 5 - 23:42 - Posted by 2b64a66fc0465398...

Giving the Iraqis the money marked for Halliburton is necessary, but insufficient to achieve the least measure of justice. Bushco and their counterparts throughout the Coalition of the Willing should be arrested and tried for War Crimes.




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 02:18 - Posted by 12c573c598429440...

There is a great deal of money now being invested in the middle east by the oil companies. Believe me , these folks know what they are doing. No fool would put this kind of money there unless they knew for sure that the US wasn’t going to pull out. I don’t believe the US will ever leave no matter if all Iraq is blown to hell and we loose a lot more troops than we have to date.We are in for the very long haul even after Bush is out of office. My best guess, next stop Iran and I’m willing to venture within 12 months. If you think there’s gun power in the air now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 05:10 - Posted by 27d621ecda67e3c6...

Wishful thinking....we are broke, thank God....so its going to be impossible to fight another war, two is about the limit now that we have defecits in the trillions. And we had better be careful, the countries that now loan us money for the US, Afghanistan, and Iraq will not loan us any more for waring. Although Americans are just bloodthirsty warmongers, even they have a limit to what they are willing to go into debt for....too bad Iraq wasn’t the cake walk Rummy told us it would be....if we had been greeted with cheers and flowers like they dreamed we would be, it would be easy to borrow more money, but as it is no one wants to back a loser...and it is becoming very evident that that is what we are.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 05:31 - Posted by 46b39d014f6054f8...

"Americans are warmongers"? At last count, 65% of Americans opposed the war in Iraq, in other words, not even everyone who voted for Bush supports his actions (I still haven’t figured that one out). As Americans, we are speaking out against the war, and many of us have from the start. Our website, faulkingtruth.com , has been vocal in our opposition since our inception in March, and we’re from the Midwest, the heart of Bush country. Please don’t judge the entire country by our neocon administration.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 15:02 - Posted by 63cefad6790a3d2b...

Other people don’t lend us their money except to buy the goods they sell us. What we have is the Fed whichs creates money out of thin air enabling our government to do what ever it pleases. We can go to the moon, fight wars, pay doctors exorbant fees, anything our government chooses to do.Go anywhere in the world and the dollar will still buy what ever you want. It maybe declining in value but everyone still wants it. Its our leading export, we print ink on piecies of paper and everyone accepts it. We won’t stop making it until we run out of trees.Its what we do.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Tuesday January 11 - 00:12 - Posted by 6e20a490b474e260...

yes but not for very much longer , China is getting shut of the dollar, Russia is getting shut of the dollar, nearly all the countries that supply your oil are getting shut of the dollar or thinking of doing so due to the massive trade and financial deficits you have...no you can only print dollars if people want them and they don’t anymore....America your going to be in a world of #### no jobs , no food to feed yah kids, total anarchy is about to befall your once great nation and the people that caused it will be long gone living it up somewhere why you lot slaughter each other to survive.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 20:42 - Posted by d73746e5d5c734c3...

That visit followed a Sept. 18, trip, when Chirac visited the New York site. He said then: ``Today it is New York. Tomorrow it may be Paris, Berlin or London.’’



> Anybody know where to get some flowers for DC tomorrow?
Thursday January 6 - 01:15 - Posted by 8771aafb19a02734...

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Illusions...
Thursday January 6 - 05:29 - Posted by 27d621ecda67e3c6...

It would be nice if the so called insurgents would have that power as described in this article.
The realitiy is that America has all the firepower and more bloodsheds will come to the Iraqi
people. Right Iraq’s PM is a CIA puppet without any support from it’s own people and it is
ridiculous if America/Britain present this joke around the world.
America will go ahead with it’s war attrocities until the last "citizen/insurgent" of Iraq will
be hunted down.
Why is the world community watching again this American/Britain attrocities?




> Illusions...
Thursday January 6 - 08:25 - Posted by 0bda133969563bb9...

The US is now using helicopters to ferry troops, and C-130s to haul supplies around the country- they were losing too many troops in convoy attacks. It does not appear that they are winning. Things have progressively gotten worse, Fisk is right on in this article- Bush, Blair and the media are all delusional.

I just hope this is enough that, once the truth is exposed, all media propaganda outlets lose their right to broadcast on our public airwaves, all of their assets seized and handed over to the people- no more lies from billion dollar corporate behomoths shaping public opinion. Then we could be free again. Power to the People!



> Illusions...
Thursday January 6 - 09:11 - Posted by d411caca42c0a06c...

With tons of explosives taken by insurgents or Iraqis right out from under the U.S.’s noses, why would our military or Great Britains military beleive we are in control? And why would we think the millions of people who hate our country more and more every day would hesitate to use a suicide bomb of nuclear magnitude against us? How did we get so into hate and war that we forgot how ugly it it when we get what we give? We’re so outraged about the death and destruction of 9/11, yet we have caused far more death and destruction in Iraq and elsewhere. Who does Bush think he is?



> Illusions...
Tuesday March 15 - 04:07 - Posted by 3b223a8d603b2440...

Bush does not think, he is mentaly retarded or is suffering from early demetia. he sure is an ambarrassment to our country. Well, he may burn in hell, Jesus promoted peace, he was not warmonger. And Jesus never lied. Good Christians always try to imitate The Lord.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 06:44 - Posted by 558275d79cbc6320...

Enough is enough. Bring back our troops home and stop the killing in Iraq. Impeach Bush! Convict him for war crimes!




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 09:04 - Posted by f82b49098f7a2926...

Iraq is probably a warm up for Iran which is the real threat. Just because a war is difficult doesn’t mean you give up. Something you liberals can’t seem to fathom. Just because defeating Al Qaeda is difficult, give up? I don’t think so!




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 09:17 - Posted by d411caca42c0a06c...

Don’t forget the stolen explosives and how our country is hated...a suicide bomb of nuclear magnitude is probably the next thing we’ll get...Why is our government acting so arrogant? Bush has compromised everything we hold dear...we must stop this murder and madness.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 09:22 - Posted by d411caca42c0a06c...

Remember the explosives stole right out from under our troops noses...and don’t forget the insurgent’s willingness to use suicide bombs...we’re probably going to get a suicide bomber with a nuclear size bomb! Bush has caused so much death and destruction, and for what? We are more insecure than ever.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 18:24 - Posted by 898749da1d203681...

Spoken like a true Israeli... The sad thing is that you guys are the ones writing these little notes keeping the morale of the ’people’ up and then sitting back and watching your enemies being fought by America.
Well even America can’t fight forever and when it falters you will be left alone to deal with your enemies, and it wont be a pretty sight.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 20:21 - Posted by b1c3a546cbf44db3...

Here we go again another ignorant so called patriot. It’s funny how all of the war hawks are so gung ho as long as they are 6000 miles away from the battlefield. Invading Iraq didn’t have anything to do with fighting Al Qaeda when are you Bush Supporters going to get that through your reptilian brain. The Bush supporters seem to be so supportive of America invading more countries like there hasn’t been enough bloodshed, some of you Americans are like bloodthirsty animals actually you are worst than animals, animals kill to eat and survive Americans seem to kill for sport and pleasure. At the run up to the Iraq war there were some Americans in streets having War Rallies like a bunch of barbarians. Talking about invading Iran it seems the US military is catching hell with the insurgents in Iraq, I mean few thousand militants got the world’s most powerful military tied down. Do you red state Bush supporters think America can invade and occupy another nation, Iran is 3 times the size and has 3 times as many people than Iraq has. Personally I don’t think America can do it not with that incompetent administration running the show.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 22:14 - Posted by 017251b96cbc54bc...

Would you like to suit up and grab a rifle and fight that difficult war yourself? If you’re for the war, get behind it and enlist.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Thursday January 6 - 09:24 - Posted by 382995759060c8cd...

Suicide Bombers with Nuclear Bombs! Why do we think it won’t happen? Where are all of those stolen explosives? I think we’ll find the the hard way.




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Friday January 7 - 06:16 - Posted by ea1968d7140b55c2...

I’m glad you guys weren’t around to criticize WW2 and rebuilding Europe and Japan... it took more than 3 weeks, 3 years, try 30. But our influence and control is still there. History will remember Bush as the one who finally stopped waiting on the UN and liberal approval and did what should have already been done a long time ago... when it would have been cheaper.

Paul in Pensacola




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Monday January 10 - 03:57 - Posted by 27d621ecda67e3c6...

We are in Iraq for nothing that has any bennefit for the American people, quite the opposite condisering the $128million per month bill we are all being asked to pay. The only reason some American people support the war is because of their Christian faith (minus Christ) and the propaganda ministries stories about al quada, 9/11, WMD, all lies that the Christians hold on to dearly as a smoke screen to continue to murder the Muslims in the "football" game of our God is bigger than your God. Meanwhile Bushco is laughing their asses off at the stupids that support the war for Christ versus Alla...... what a joke, too bad it isn’t funny.



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Wednesday April 20 - 07:25 - Posted by ccfc28af7a89a8d4...

one man was responsable for wwII and one man and his politics is responsable for iraq. Do not even try to justify what has been done. Because YOU HAVE NO IDEA. REBUILDING JAPAN? shame on you,that is the way of SOME american people if ou can not win proper way than destroy it so it takes 3o yeras and more to grow a simple tree...just a tree
What would have been cheaper? Did YOU JUST PUT PRICE ON HUMAN LIFE? Your post should have been ERASED because it is abusive to all people who whitnesed war in first hand.

im sorry for my english it is not my mother lenguage.

Berber Branka
Beograd



> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Friday January 7 - 09:22 - Posted by cc85e6a7be2bdae0...

Here we go again, just another re-run, Generals ignored, intelligence manipulated nobody but the mad, ego driven maniac at the controls. Remember "STALINGRAD" and all the rest of that grotesque business, millions of civilians dead more millions maimed all because a ego driven maniac is at the controls. It was said after the last debacle and after Nuurenberg that it could not happen again, that was a lie because here it is in all it’s grossly corrupt glory, just exactly why we were fighting WW2, now it’s our turn to be "GODS" chosen and all that facetious malarky. What a collosal Lie!!




> Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
Friday January 14 - 12:00 - Posted by 9d04f8717d26b62c...

bush backers..
bush is part of a secret society .. he doesnt give a XXXX about our american flag neither does his father.. He cares about money and largely power! IRaq was an illegal war.. as far as going into iraq it has made our country 10 times more vulnerable to attack. Iran is another story... I am iranian and i KNow through dedicated research that not only will iran sweep into israel, but they will take out the whole fleet of our ships in the persian gulf. Russia has placed anti aircraft in syria and iran .. and they are backed by the russians.. there is no way that U.S will send military presence into iran unless they decide to start world war III! this is part of the illuminati agenda in which they kill off 2/3rds of the worlds population.. when this happens bush backers you wont have a human form to fight with and bush will be in a bunker w/ his kronies sucking thumb and preparing for exploring the non living environment he will leave.






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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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