Wednesday, January 30, 2002

  • War On "Terrorism," War On the Recession: Bush Delivers His First State of the Union Address

    President Bush gave his first State of the Union Address last night. He spoke for nearly 50 minutes, pausing everyfew minutes for the boisterous cheers of both Republicans and Democrats. Among the members of the audience: HamidKarzai, the new Afghan interim ruler; Shannon Spann, the widow of CIA agent Johnny Michael Spann; and more militarybrass than the Capitol building has seen in decades.

  • As Bush Delivers His First State of the Union Address, Democracy Now! Convenes a Shadowcongress to Respond

    The last time George Bush stood before Congress, it was just days after the September 11th attacks. On that evening,he declared in no uncertain terms his so-called war on terror. Now, nearly five months later, he has pledged to pushthat war still farther ­ beyond Afghanistan ­ to a dozen countries that he said harbor so-called terrorist camps. Healso warned of an "axis of evil nations" like North Korea, Iran and Iraq, and said the United States would not allowthem to threaten the world with weapons of mass destruction. Towards these ends, he asked Congress to increasePentagon spending by nearly $50 billion. It would be, Bush boasted, the largest increase in military spending in twodecades.