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1190Iraq and Bush's re-election

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    Oct 25 7:14 AM
      From the Washington Post this morning:

      A top State Department official involved in Iraq
      policy, former ambassador Robin Raphel, said the
      administration was "not prepared" when it invaded
      Iraq, but did so anyway in part because of "clear
      political pressure, election driven and calendar
      driven," according to an oral history interview posted
      on the Web site of the congressionally funded U.S.
      Institute of Peace.

      This is the first time I have heard an administration
      official admit that the Iraq invasion about Bush's
      re-election. Why is this not an above-the-fold
      headline in every newspaper in the country? I suspect
      for the same reason that the Downing Street memos went
      unreported for a month, until the bloggers made it
      impossible to ignore any further. Am I paranoid or is
      there something very, very wrong here?


      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4373794.stm
      > US civil rights icon Parks dies
      > Rosa Parks, the black woman whose 1955 protest
      > action
      > in Alabama marked the start of the modern US civil
      > rights movement, has died at the age of 92.
      > Mrs Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white
      > man
      > on a bus led to a mass boycott of buses by black
      > people.
      > The protest led to the desegregation of the
      > transport
      > system and culminated in the 1964 Civil Rights Act,
      > which outlawed race discrimination in the US.
      > Mrs Parks' lawyer said she died in her sleep at her
      > home in Detroit, Michigan.
      > 'I had a right'
      > Rosa Parks was a 42-year-old seamstress when she
      > made
      > history.
      > On 1 December she was sitting on the bus in
      > Montgomery
      > when the white man demanded her seat.
      > Mrs Parks refused, defying the rules which required
      > blacks to give up their seats to whites.
      > She was arrested and fined $14.
      > Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus
      > system organised by Baptist minister, the Rev Martin
      > Luther King Jr.
      > Luther King Jr later earned the Nobel Peace Prize
      > for
      > his work.
      > In 1957, after having lost her job and received
      > death
      > threats, Mrs Parks and her husband, Raymond, moved
      > to
      > Detroit, where she worked as aide in a Democratic
      > congressman's office.
      > Speaking in 1992, Mrs Parks said of her famous bus
      > protest: "The real reason of my not standing up was
      > I
      > felt that I had a right to be treated as any other
      > passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for
      > too long."
      > She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
      > 1996, and the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's
      > highest civilian honour, three years later.
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