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The National Security Archive at George Washington University has posted this update; some of the documents indicate that the Bush administration began planning for regime change in Iraq in October 2001.
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Livingstone says Western foreign policy fueled Islamic radicalism.

Myself, I'm rather pleased to see a Western political figure willing to admit to the role of Western nations in creating the absolute cluster-fuck we've now got in the Middle East, instead of insisting we run around with our heads in the sand screaming, "Why?! Why?!"

We already know why. It doesn't excuse the actions of terrorist groups, but we don't need to ask ourselves why these attacks are happening. We, collectively, helped to create an environment ripe for extremist ideologues. Go us.

The only way we're going to put a stop to these kinds of attacks and the ideologies that inspire the attackers is to clean up our mess. It has to happen, or else we'll be stuck in an un-ending "War on Terror" of our own creation.
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Before running out to head to an exam...

I've been wondering over the last few weeks just how much the American people fucked not only themselves, but future generations last November. I wonder if the majority of the population has any idea just what Bush and his reactionary, militant policies and actions have done to us in the eyes of the rest of the world.

The rest of the world, even outside of the Middle East, is not happy with us right now, and contrary to popular belief world opinion is important. And younger generations of Europeans have a decidedly low opinion of the US at this moment in time.

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