It is possible, even likely, that the United States is preparing military scenarios for invading Iran, but Michael Klare presents too little evidence in “The Iran War Buildup.” Except for citing Seymour Hersh on the use of unmanned spy planes over Iran and quoting defense analyst William Arkin on the use of such data (“I would be greatly surprised if they’re not doing this”), Klare falls back on an old trick to convince readers he’s made a case: “Rumsfeld is no doubt considering a variety of options”; “It is these considerations, no doubt, that are preoccupying US military planners”; “As this information becomes available, it is no doubt being fed into various ‘strategic concepts.’ ” Klare needs to find people in the armed forces willing to give him facts to establish the parallel between the Iraq and Iran buildups. Repeating “no doubt” won’t do if he to wants play Seymour Hersh.
Bruce Shapiro’s article is the first sensible one I’ve read in regard to Bush’s recent Supreme Court nominee. Most analysts have been saying this was a “home run,” since Roberts’s record is so short there is nothing to analyze. Shapiro hits the nail on the head, as there is much to glean from Roberts’s record. I was intrigued to find out that he had an interview with the President for the position one day before his ignoble decision in the Salim Ahmed Hamdan case. One would think that his judgment must have been colored by the knowledge of his upcoming meeting with the President. The conflict of interest in this case, because of what he had to gain by siding with the President’s view, is tremendous. As Alberto Gonzales’s legal advice is the advice of a war criminal, Roberts’s recent decision is of similar ilk.
Rapid City, SD
My husband has worked at Wal-Mart as a greeter on the graveyard shift for the last three years. Though he’s 55 years old, he’s never earned $8.50 per hour before. So he stays at Wal-Mart, even though he feels that the managers (and there are many) treat him like a boy, raising their voices at him and ignoring his feelings. He is the only African-American greeter. We have complained, written letters and had others write letters addressing this problem–to no avail. When he greets the managers they ignore him, and when he is ordered to do something they don’t address him by name or even acknowledge him first. For example, today one of the managers came in and proceeded to bark orders at him. One of the customers responded by telling her, “Don’t talk to him like that.” We have gone to a civil rights group, and they advised that he get a group together to file a formal complaint. He will not let them do mediation, as he doesn’t want to lose his job by revealing his identity. So he complains, writes letters and just spins his wheels.