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November 14, 2005 | The Nation

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November 14, 2005

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Elizabeth de la Vega calls for prosecution and possible
impeachment of President Bush for conspiracy to defraud the nation,
Christian Parenti reports on the situation in Kurdistan and
Stephen Holmes reviews books exploring the moral reasoning of
liberals who support the Iraq War.

Letters

Readers write back on the New York Times, the Delphi bankruptcy and mounting Iraqi opposition to the US-led occupation.

TENDER MERCENARIES

Falls Church, Va.

Editorials

Why are so few elderly people signing up for the new
Medicare drug benefit? It's cumbersome, costly and totally confusing.

Questions for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.: What are the
rights of an individual before the law? Are these rights any
different from what Alito views as the rights of a corporation?

If the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court becomes the
titanic battle that both sides in the judicial wars have been
anticipating for years, Democrats must create a new playbook. If they
stick to the same old strategies, they could end up wishing that
Harriet Miers had fared better.

What have Bush and his allies learned from this sorry
epidode? Intellectual substance matters. Executive privilege is not
absolute. Roe v. Wade is a bear trap for the GOP.

The attempt to fashion a distinct Democratic identity was temporarily
halted when Elaine Kamarck and William Galston published a self-serving
call for Democrats to move to the "center." But nearly every Senate
Democrat voted for a raise in the minimum wage, a clear move exclusive
to the party.

ROSA PARKS, 1913-2005

On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining
circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there
are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las
Vegas-ization.

The Pakistan earthquake has left 3.3 million people homeless--far more
than the tsunami. But suffering Pakistanis are either being preyed upon
by Islamist groups or ignored by the uniformed establishment--with no
sign of recovery.

Bush's lavish subsidies and reckless attempts to export democracy
through the barrel of a gun violate conservative principles. Republican
realists are finally catching on.

The deceit and misinformation evidenced in the CIA leak scandal is
poison to an open society. We need a tough investigation of how the
American people were misled on the Iraq war, a more skeptical media
and real leadership from Democrats.

Columns

Column Left

Reporters like Judith Miller who fought to avoid testifying in the CIA
leak case were knowing accomplices in the White House's attempt to
punish a whistle-blower. By failing to report the truth, they bear
responsibility for leading us into an illegal war.

Music

As the backlash against women gets daily more open and absurd, our
real-life female politicians seem paralyzed. It's up to television now:
Run, Geena, run!

On Capitol Hill there's open warfare among various factions of the
Republican Party. With midterm elections looming and Bush's approval
ratings tumbling, the collapse of discipline will only accelerate amid
the general panic.

The doctor who proved himself a master of distant diagosis has one more trick up his sleeve.

Articles

Senator John McCain's latest Senate inquiry into über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff strikes deep in the corrupt heart of the
Bush Administration.

In a landmark ruling, Colombia's Constitutional Court has allowed
President Alvaro Uribe to seek a second term.
That's good news for the Bush Administration, which considers Uribe a
staunch ally. But others in Colombia are not so sure.

Senate minority leader Harry Reid forced Republicans into a closed-door
session Tuesday to examine the Administration's use and misuse of
intelligence on Iraq. Could Democrats finally be acting like an opposition party?

Interest rates nosed higher today as the Federal Reserve Board
sought to control inflation. But the impact of runaway inflation is
already being felt by workers whose wages will stagnate and whose
earning power is on a steep decline.

The indictment of I. Lewis Libby indictment casts Vice President Dick
Cheney in a key role in the CIA leak investigation: It suggests Cheney
had reason to suspect Valerie Wilson was a covert officer.

Iraq is a nation on fire, a conflagration of America's making that threatens to consume everything the nation stands for. How did we get there? How do we get out? Can we get out?

The Bush Administration should be prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud
the United States by using half-truths and recklessly false statements
to lead the country into an illegal war. This article, is a
collaboration with TomDispatch.com.

An exhibit at the International Center of Photography
showcasing the brutal images of the civil war in El Salvador should
remind the Pentagon and the public that the "Salvador Option" currently
considered by the military leads directly to the charnel house.

Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball
periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives
him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left
behind in "baseball factories," still hoping?

Luis Inacio Lula da Silva came into power in 2002 on a wave of populist
support for an era of socialist politics and participatory democracy.
But da Silva has offered the people of Brazil a corrupt leadership
instead.

The Kurds have almost no natural resources and suffer from a culture of
corruption. But their call for autonomy is a serious threat to the
building of a united Iraq.

Books & the Arts

Poetry

It isn't the choir of small boys, casting about, singing shyly or
It isn't  with perfect oval mouths,

Poetry

An e-mail from my rabbi, who's moved to the West Coast,
says they're "happier than pigs in shit." Something
forced about that. People with a new grandchild don't boast

Book

By writing a novel about a conventional novelist writing about a
conventional man, J.M. Coetzee's latest work illuminates the role of
the novel and cuts through typical and tired theories on fiction.

Book

Power and the Idealists clings to the notion that the Iraq War was
waged for humanitarian ideals, while At the Point of a Gun
documents the inner torment of humanitarian interventionists who,
without forgetting Rwanda and Bosnia, have gazed into the Iraqi abyss.