The President spoke last night from his newly refurnished Oval Office, declaring that combat operations have ended in Iraq.  Didn’t we hear that somewhere before?

OK, he didn’t say “Mission Accomplished”  but he did say that combat operation in Iraq had ended. He also praised the guy that got us into that bloody mess in the first place. Seriously?!

Tonight on the show, we’ll listen to some of President Obama’s speech, and dissect it with Jason Leopold, deputy managing editor at Truthout and editor-at-large at The Public Record.  We’ll do that in hour two of the show.

We’ll kick things off tonight with journalist Dahr Jamail.

I first spoke with Dahr Jamail in 1997 when his first book, Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq was published … It chronicled the nine months he spent in Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists reporting on the realities of the war for the Iraqi people and US soldiers.  He’s also reported extensively on veterans’ resistance against the war. His reports have been featured on Democracy Now, the BBC, NPR and lots of other outlets worldwide, plus his site at

Dahr has lately been writing a lot for, focusing on the BP disaster and the mess in the Gulf.  His latest piece, “Despite ‘All Clear,’ Mississippi Sound Tests Positive for Oil” got me to invite him back on the show…

Yesterday, I posted a video made by Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll at the Glenn Beck rally on Saturday. (Scroll down to yesterday’s blog to watch it.)  They call themselves New Left Media.  I first spoke with them almost a year ago, after I found their first video production, complete with interviews of people who attended the Beck-promoted “9/12” rally.  They’ll join me on the show again tonight to talk about how their work has progressed in the past year, and what they saw in DC on Saturday.

Tomorrow, I’ll be guest hosting The Randi Rhodes Show… so I hope you’ll join me there from 3-6pm ET.  Kenny Pick and his crew will be filling in for me tomorrow night.  I’ll also be taking Monday off for Labor Day, so I’ll talk with you again on Tuesday!