UNDERNEWS

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review has been on the web since 1995. See main page for full contents

May 24, 2009

READER COMMENTS

Excerpts from reader comments

THE HAZARDS OF A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR BUSH WAR CRIMES

Congress has a constitutional responsibility to investigate executive branch abuses of the law. Congress is legally the only body charged with this responsibility.

As priceless thinker Arthur Silber points out, prosecution of Bushco torturers will achieve negative benefit. It will only, in fact, serve to sweep the larger criminality that is America's historic and ongoing pathological foreign policy under the rug, thereby actually ensuring torture can and will continue.

OBAMA 'MULLING' USE OF DICTATOR'S TOOL

President Obama, in a short period of time, has shown himself fully capable of filling the shoes of The Shrub, albeit with a pretty smile. The distance between him and his predecessor is negligible. Let us stop talking as though we live in a functioning democracy and get some reality in progressive discussion. - Tony Vodvarka

OBAMA'S HEALTHCARE REFORM MALPRACTICE

Do you really want to retain a health-care system that is administered by insurers that own multi-million dollar holdings in the likes of cigarette manufacturing, tobacco pesticides, big oil, mountaintop removal mining, pesticides in general, nukes, military contractors. . . just about every health- and environmentally-damaging industry on Wall Street? Not to mention the sweat-shop firms, union-busting firms AND businesses that may compete with your own business or your investment holdings? This is all no secret; it's public info at the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR database.

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