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expressing frustration at what the writer perceives as our position on
an issue. To be clear: These newsletters are summaries of what
contributors have submitted to the History Commons database during the
last 7 days. The History Commons does not produce the content,
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have added new material in the Decision to Invade Iraq Timeline about
Colin Powell’s famous UN presentation (which his former chief of staff
called “a hoax on the American people”), Vice President Cheney implying
Iraq was behind 9/11, and the hiring of the PR company behind the false
“babies from incubators” story planted during the Gulf War.
to the Domestic Propaganda project cover John Kerry’s alleged
endorsement by foreign leaders in 2004, a reality TV series about US
troops fighting in Afghanistan, and a GAO report that said the
administration’s policies to Arabs and Muslims were failing. In
addition, Rush Limbaugh has “final confirmation” of the media’s alleged
to the US International Relations project focus on arms control talks
during the Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations.
Contributors have created a new timeline to deal with the recent attacks in Mumbai.
a contributor to the Detainee Abuse Timeline points out that the State
Department was sidelined when the administration decided to ignore the
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