David Swanson
David Swanson is a U.S. author, blogger, and activist. In 2009, he wrote Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union and the introduction to The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush, by Dennis Kucinich. Swanson served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign. From 2000 to 2003, Swanson was the communications coordinator for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Swanson is the Washington Director of Democrats.com. He is a board member of Progressive Democrats of America.
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My biggest concern is not the embarrassment of a U.S. public afraid of the tiny impoverished nation of North Korea. If that embarrassed me, how would I survive what U.S. culture makes of ISIS, or — for that matter — the election of Donald Trump? My biggest concern is that U.S. war profiteers may end […]

I hope today that people will remember Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Carne Ross, and Katherine Gun, who were all prepared to give up excellent careers to stand against the war in Iraq. Blair is still a creature of absolute self-serving slime. His attempt yesterday to justify the invasion of Iraq as an effort to prevent a 9/11 […]

Americans may find Syria a bit confusing. David Petraeus, sainted hero, has proposed arming al Qaeda, organized devil. Vladimir Putin, reincarnated Hitler, is bombing either ISIS or al Qaeda or their friendly democratic allies, but he shouldn’t be because he’s against overthrowing the Syrian government, also run by Hitler living under the name Assad. Hillary […]

By Martin Luther Obama Jr., as dictated to David Swanson Text of “Beyond Vietghanistan: A Time To Break Treaties” By Rev. Martin Luther Obama Jr. – January 19, 2015 Speech delivered at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight […]

Some killings are reported on in a slightly different manner from how the Charlie Hebdo killings have been. Rewriting a drone killing as a gun killing (changing just a few words) would produce something like this: Freedom Fighters Gun Strike in Europe Is Said to Have Killed 12 Militants PARIS, France — At least 12 […]

In this latest assault on Gaza, Israel had by Thursday already killed 69 Palestinians including 22 children and 13 women, plus 469 wounded including 166 children and 85 women, and 70 houses destroyed. These numbers have since increased significantly. In this video from Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO. After failing […]

Annie Jacobsen’s new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America.  It isn’t terribly secret anymore, of course, and it was never very intelligent.  Jacobsen has added some details, and the U.S. government is still hiding many more.  But the basic facts have been available; they’re just left out […]

When people sign the declaration of peace at WorldBeyondWar.org they have the opportunity to type in a brief statement in their own words. Thousands have done so, including those pasted below. (And a few great quotes from the past have been added here in graphic form.) “I support this proposal and agree with this great and important […]

Recently I noticed a post on a social media site honoring Rosa Parks for her refusal to move out of her seat on a segregated bus.  Someone commented underneath, that in fact another individual deserved credit for having done the same thing first.  What happened next was entirely predictable. Post after post by various people […]

Let’s Take Advantage of Suffering Filipinos! The same week in which a Washington Post columnist claimed that interracial marriage makes people gag, a USA Today columnist has proposed using the U.S. military to aid those suffering in the Philippines — as a backdoor means of getting the U.S. military back into a larger occupation of the Philippines. While the Philippines’ representative […]

There’s a dark side to the flurry of reports and testimony on drones, helpful as they are in many ways.  When we read that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose drone strikes that violate international law, some of us may be inclined to interpret that as a declaration that, in fact, drone strikes violate […]

When video of the October 14th edition of Thom Hartmann’s TV show appears online (here) it will include him asking me to justify not attacking Hitler.  Thom has asked me this repeatedly during multiple appearances on his show, each time a little differently, and each time provocatively.  He’s right to ask it, and he’s been […]

This past Sunday night on “60 Minutes” John Miller of CBS News said, “I’ve spoken with intelligence analysts who have said an uncomfortable thing that has a ring of truth, which is: the longer this war in Syria goes on, in some sense the better off we are.” Now, why would that be uncomfortable, do […]

The White House is treating the Syrian government like a potential drone strike victim. President Barack Obama’s preferred method for dealing with targeted individuals is not to throw them into lawless prisons.  But it’s also not to indict and prosecute them. On June 7th, Yemeni tribal leader Saleh Bin Fareed told Democracy Now that Anwar al Awlaki […]

“U.S. prepares for possible retaliatory strike against Syria,” announces a Los Angeles Times headline, even though Syria has not attacked the United States or any of its occupied territories or imperial forces and has no intention to do so. Quoth the article: “the president made no decisions, but the high-level talks came as the Pentagon acknowledged it was moving […]

If the U.S. public began to raise a fuss about U.S. missile strikes that blow up large numbers of civilians at wedding parties abroad, it’s not beyond the realm of the imaginable that the U.S. government would begin blaming the explosions on faulty candles in the wedding cakes.  A similarly implausible excuse was used to […]

“Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin.” I do assess with varying degrees of horror (some of the varying degrees rather high even) that a lot of people are going to die.  And […]

Escaped slaves fought on the British side, which promised to free them, during the American war for independence for white men.  But nobody liked to talk about that much after the French won the war, although — come to think of it — nobody much likes to talk about the French winning the war, or […]

Imagine if George W. Bush had stood on the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center and declared, “We are going to continue our pursuit of world domination and environmental destruction until the oceans rise, the storms surge, and this spot and all the surrounding streets are drowned in routine floods, destroying the infrastructure, and […]

Fast forward to 2048.  The world is greatly changed, and in this year China invades France, occupying Paris and a good portion of the nation.  The French are massacred, evicted, raped, chased, and terrorized.  Towns are destroyed.  Every town and village has its name changed to a Chinese name, and its prior existence erased from […]

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