Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Libbymania

No verdict today. Even the Note Hearing this morning was a non-event, as the jurors answered to their own satisfaction whatever question prompted the note on Friday, so they sent another note saying basically 'sorry, never mind'.

Thank God!

The entire problem at Walter Reed, the VA, and other wounded-GI treatment centers has been solved. With one easy order:

SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!

US Attorney Scandals

The scandal over the firing of several US Attorneys around the country, and their subsequent replacements with Bush sycophants, is not yet a big blip on the MSM radar. But, given the potential consequences of the actions, and the probable motivations for them, AND Congress' interest, it will become a BIG blip. TPM has devoted most of today to covering it, and I'll link you there to read that coverage.

This is a big deal, maybe even, ultimately, the Watergate of the Dumbfuck administration. The most important aspect of it, to my mind, is the Lam firing in San Diego. She was the USA in charge of the Duke Cunningham and Wilkes-Foggo investigations/prosecutions. Both of these strike to the heart of how the Repugs operate, and how they put, in EVERY instance, personal and party loyalty ahead of everything, including patriotism and national security.

Any potential flaws or mismanagement at the CIA strikes to the very heart of our national security. If these guys aren't operating at peak efficiency, given the best tools, and left to operate free of external pressure, we are all at risk. The entire War Cabinet is probably liable to prosecution by the War Crimes Tribunal at this point, and if this all develops the way I think it will, the domestic side of the Cabinet may be on their way to jail as well. Assuming, of course, there are elections next year.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Breaking

Per TPM, the Feds and the House:

have struck what seems like a historic deal to turn over congressional documents related to the Duke Cunningham investigation.

The prosecutors from California's Southern District have been chasing the documents, from the House Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services and Intelligence, since last May. After originally requesting the documents, prosecutors finally served a subpoena for them in December after negotiations apparently broke down.

The investigation resulted in two major indictments two weeks ago, against contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA executive director Dusty Foggo, and is ongoing. As The Hill detailed, the indictment against Wilkes indicated that other lawmakers seem to be in prosecutors' sights.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Osama Bin Who?

Unbelievable.

The Army's highest-ranking officer and the former leader of the secretive world of Special Operations offered his thoughts on the importance of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden during a luncheon Friday.

They're probably not what anyone expected.

"I don't know whether we'll find him," said Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff. "I don't know that it's all that important, frankly."

Schoomaker, pulled out of retirement in 2003 to lead the Army, pointed to the capture of Saddam Hussein, the killings of his sons, Uday and Qusay, and the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as evidence that bin Laden's capture or death would have little effect on the threats to the United States,

"So we get him, and then what?" Schoomaker said. "There's a temporary feeling of goodness, but in the long run, we may make him bigger than he is today. He's hiding, and he knows we're looking for him. We know he's not particularly effective. I'm not sure there's that great of a return" on capturing or killing bin Laden.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oscars

A pretty good show tonight, with a couple of minor surprises, but nothing shocking. The major winners were all pretty much as expected: Departed for Best Picture may have been a little bit of a surprise, but it was one of the two or three top picks, Helen Mirren (a goddess amongst mortals) and Forrest Whitaker were the pre-show faves, Martin Scorsese was both the favorite and the crowd choice for Director, Jennifer Hudson was the probably the only 'lock' going in (and having seen, finally, the clip of 'I'm Not Going and You're Gonna Love Me" on the Baba Wawa special, they'd have needed security if she'd lost), with Alan Arkin being a bit of a surprise, but certainly no disappointment, as Best Supporting Actor. The only real disappointment for me was Pan's Labyrinth (three words: GO SEE IT) not winning Best Foreign Pic, but Lives of Others is certainly deserving. Pan's won most of the awards it was up for, so it was definitely well rewarded for its brilliance.

All in all, another long show, but well paced, never really dragged, and the Pilobus crew doing the dance routines were unbelievable. Now, just another year till the insanity starts again.

Oh, yeah. Some guy won in the documentary category for a film on incontinence, or something.

Sad

...but not surprising. TPM quoting the LAT:

Although international concern is growing about Iran's nuclear program and its regional ambitions, diplomats here say most U.S. intelligence shared with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has proved inaccurate and none has led to significant discoveries inside Iran.

...

"Since 2002, pretty much all the intelligence that's come to us has proved to be wrong," a senior diplomat at the IAEA said. Another official here described the agency's intelligence stream as "very cold now" because "so little panned out."

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Fun with Morons

I've been hospitalized with bouts of convulsive laughter since I first heard about Conservapedia, an effort by Wingnutland to combat the corrosive influence of information and fact on their precious ignorance and faith. Apparently, I was not alone in my appreciation of this site as a source of joy and amusement, but I was not creative enough in my appreciation.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Legal File

Just FYI, Anna Nicole Smith is still dead (and according the ME in Broward Cty, getting deader by the minute) with her six month old daughter in charge and the Libby jury is still out (with about two hours left in the 'day' in DC. Will update if the jury comes back.

Froomkin on Target

Once again, Froomkin strikes right to the heart (in re: Cheney and Iraq):

So if I read this correctly, Cheney is saying: Yes, it's a quagmire. But after 9/11 we needed to prove that we weren't weak.

Is that now the official White House position?

Vilsack Quits

Citing money as the 'sole' reason, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-Ia.) dropped out of the Presidential primary campaign this morning.

Ahhh, Wingnuttery Goodness!

Michelle Bachmann has gotten her claws off of Dumbfuck's suitcoat long enough to get them on an official, super-secret, fingers crossed, hope to die secret agent report. According to Michelle, Iraq is going to be divvied up between Iran and players to be named later. And part of it will be called the Iraq State of Islam. Isnt that a Sunday talk show with the Rev. Billy Bob Ahmedinajahd?!?!

Monday, February 19, 2007

How's That Surge Thing Working Out?

Not so good, apparently. Read the article, if you need to be depressed.

In a coordinated assault on an American combat outpost north of Baghdad, suicide bombers drove as many as three cars filled with explosives into the base on Monday, killing two American soldiers and wounding at least 17 more, witnesses and the American military said.

The brazen and highly unusual attack, which was followed by fierce gun battles and a daring evacuation of the wounded Americans by helicopters, came on a day of violence across the country that left more than 40 people dead in shootings, suicide bombings, mortar attacks and roadside explosions.

The violence was directed at civilians, Americans and the Iraqi security forces.

As American and Iraqi troops flood the streets of Baghdad in an attempt to stem the bloodshed, and thousands more Marines head out to the Sunni Arab heartland west of the city in Anbar Province, American and Iraqi military officials are concerned that militants will simply try to move to areas where the troop presence remains thin.


As someone noted, all we're doing with the surge (and most of our policy in Iraq) is playing Whack-A-Mole. Bash 'em here, they pop up over there.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

How Bad is Bush?

He's so bad, he makes Richard Mellon Scaife, the Mephistopheles of rightwing nutjob financing, pine for the good old days of Bill Clinton.

Hillary Tells Us To Stuff It

HRC has decided, apparently, that the majority of Dems (and the country) aren't her constituency. She has decided not to say her vote to authorize the Iraq war was a mistake, and told dissenters today that other candidates were out there if this was important to them. Smooth move, Hill.

“If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from,” Mrs. Clinton told an audience in Dover, N.H., in a veiled reference to two rivals for the nomination, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina.

Her decision not to apologize is regarded so seriously within her campaign that some advisers believe it will be remembered as a turning point in the race: either ultimately galvanizing voters against her (if she loses the nomination), or highlighting her resolve and her willingness to buck Democratic conventional wisdom (if she wins).

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Froomkin on a Roll

Dan Froomkin was on a serious roll this morning:

On the surge:

It seems almost inconceivable: The White House actually invites the press corps to hold it accountable -- but when the time comes, and a key benchmark is missed, the press is silent.

And yet that's exactly what has happened.

Back in January, when President Bush announced that in spite of the public opinion against the war in Iraq he was going to send in more troops, he repeatedly insisted that what was different this time was that the Iraqis were finally serious about stepping up.

Responding to reporters who were skeptical -- after all, they'd heard this many times before -- White House officials urged them to judge for themselves whether that would happen

...

"The Iraqis are going to have three brigades within Baghdad within a little more than a month. They have committed to trying to get one brigade in, I think, by the first of February, and two more by the 15th," the official said.

"So people are going to be able to see pretty quickly that the Iraqis are or are not stepping up. And that provides the ability to judge."

...

But at a Pentagon press conference yesterday, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Peter Pace acknowledged that only two of those three Iraqi brigades are there: "You've got two of the Iraqi brigades in -- that were going to plussed up in Baghdad in Baghdad now. The third one is moving this month," Pace said.

Other press reports suggest that even those two brigades are not anywhere near full strength.

And action in Baghdad seems thus far to be almost entirely led by Americans, in stark contrast to what was promised.

...

That was the plan.

Where's the accountability?


On the Iran Briefing:

The official Bush administration position on its earlier, unsubstantiated charges of direct Iranian government involvement in the shipping of explosive devices to Iraqi militants is that the anonymous military briefers in Baghdad on Sunday went too far.

But that's baloney.

...

Can any part of what the administration says about Iran's involvement in Iraq be taken at face value? Given recent history, certainly not without independent verification.


Bitch-Slapping the Snowster

More evidence yesterday that the White House will admit to almost nothing, and that press secretary Tony Snow will say just about anything.

From yesterday's press briefing:

"Q Slides from a pre-war briefing show that by this point, the U.S. expected that the Iraqi army would be able to stabilize the country and there would be as few as 5,000 U.S. troops there. What went wrong?

"MR. SNOW: I'm not sure anything went wrong. . . .



Friday, February 16, 2007

How Unfair!

The bozo appointed US Atty in Ark in the wake of the mass DA firings recently has announced he won't seek the permanent appointment, since no one actually wants him to have the job (except maybe Rove and Hillary-haters.) Boo-hoo.

NO!

The House passed out it's anti-surge resolution, 246-182. 17 Repugs crossed over and voted in favor.

On to the Senate, which is set to vote on it tomorrow. Everyone is set to be there, except John "Escalatio" McCain, who apparently wants nothing to do with his pet idea, now that it's actually occuring. The resolution is not expected to make it to a debate, let alone a floor vote. Repugs want their cake, and a full tummy too, but not in public, please!

EFP, Iraq, Bush, Lies

A GREAT combination! Turns out, pretty much any Iraqi can (and apparently, has) make an EFP at any machine shop in Baghdad (dependent, of course, on electricity availability!) for about thirty bucks. So, according to Bush, the Ayatollah is responsible for knowing the details of every thirty dollar item in his country's inventory? Does he want to be held to the same account?

Oh, wait! He's not to be held to any account. Sorry, my bad.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Are You Liberal?

Reading a Drum post earlier, I noticed a mention of a Pew political typology poll. There was a link so I took it, and took the poll. Like Drum, I was unimpressed by the result (I'm a Liberal, wow!) But there's some interesting reading in the detail description.

Liberals represent 17 percent of the American public, and 19 percent of registered voters.

Basic Description
This group has nearly doubled in proportion since 1999, Liberals now comprise the largest share of Democrats and is the single largest of the nine Typology groups. They are the most opposed to an assertive foreign policy, the most secular, and take the most liberal views on social issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and censorship. They differ from other Democratic groups in that they are strongly pro-environment and pro-immigration, issues which are more controversial among Conservative and Disadvantaged Democrats.

...

Who They Are
Most (62%) identify themselves as liberal. Predominantly white (83%), most highly educated group (49% have a college degree or more), and youngest group after Bystanders. Least religious group in typology: 43% report they seldom or never attend religious services; nearly a quarter (22%) are seculars. More than one-third never married (36%). Largest group residing in urban areas (42%) and in the western half the country (34%). Wealthiest Democratic group (41% earn at least $75,000).

...

Media Use
Liberals are second only to Enterprisers in following news about government and public affairs most of the time (60%). Liberals’ use of the internet to get news is the highest among all groups (37%).

Lies Without Lying?

Josh at TPM points out the Bu$hCo new tactic, lie without actually telling lies. War by innuendo? Can these guys actually pull off innuendo without at least mouthing the words "Know what I mean? Wink wink, nudge nudge."

A reporter friend told me recently that the administration is saying on background that the really slam-dunk evidence they're not yet able to release. But as I told this person, after the experience of 2002 and 2003, mere self-respect prevents me from putting any credence whatsoever in such claims.

If they had the evidence we'd be seeing it. But without any solid evidence, the president still wants to fool the American public into believing these bogus claims.

After the Iran war, we'll probably be walked back and shown that President Bush never really said that the Qods force was giving these weapons to the people using them against US troops. He didn't fib. We just didn't listen closely enough. He was just saying that the Qods folks gave them to someone. But he wasn't saying who. So before all our soldiers die and before the president makes yet a million more screw ups for which we'll pay for decades into the future, let's look closely at what he's actually saying.

Will the Internet Die of Bird Flu?

Very interesting post at DailyKos

Raises some interesting questions, and seems highly likely to me. The one thing we have to fight, and fight hard, is any legislative attempts to regulate/restrict/limit the internet in an 'emergency'. Once those access rights are limited (or gone), we'll have to fight a major battle to get them back.

Europe Standing Up?

Nasty details of Euro involvement in CIA renditions. Stay tuned to this.

Shrub Is A Big Fat Liar

Again, not a news flash. However, this would tend to indicate that he is (as if we needed more 'indication'.)

And once again, the Press' inability to realize/internalize/vocalize this fact is leading it (and us) to disaster.

Shrub Is A Moron

No breaking news, just felt anarchic. :)

Romney In, Too

Mitt Romney announced today, also. Now the 'base' has two candidates it can hate.

Franken is In

Al Franken closed his Air America radio show today by announcing it was his last show and that he was throwing his hat in the ring for Minnesota's Senate seat coming up next year. Somewhere, Paul Wellstone is smiling.

Iran Did What?

In the ongoing Iran is Next shadowpuppet show going on in DC and Iraq, the other day's mummery by 'unnamed' officials of the DoD, complete with Powerpoint slide show, ranks up there with yellowcake on the dubiosity scale. Karen DeYoung in the Post (via Froomkin) write on it:

"Asked by reporters yesterday to provide more information on the charge, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, 'The Iranians are up to their eyeballs in this activity.' He called the Baghdad presentation a 'very strong circumstantial case,' saying he was 'not going to try to embellish that briefing' and 'any reasonable person . . . would draw the same conclusions.'

"White House spokesman Tony Snow offered similar responses. 'Let me put it this way,' he said. 'There's not a whole lot of freelancing in the Iranian government, especially when it comes to something like that.'

"Pressed repeatedly, Snow answered, 'Look, the Department of Defense is doing this. What I'm telling you is, you guys want to get those questions answered, you need to go to the Pentagon.'

"A call to the Defense Intelligence Agency brought a referral to the main Pentagon press office. That office referred a caller to the Washington office of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, which responded with an e-mailed copy of Sunday's briefing slides -- containing no mention of the 'highest levels' allegation and a request for questions in writing. Written questions brought no response."


Sound and fury, signifying much, but meaning, ultimately nothing.... jeez, can Jan 2009 get here soon enough? We need to run them all out of town, hopefully with a stop in the Hague for judgment.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Why Everything Is Important

Think it didnt matter when that piece of human excrement, O'Donoghue, attacked Amanda and Melissa at the Edwards campaign? They weren't fired, right? No, but now they have both decided to resign, rather than stay as flashpoints within the campaign.

Kos muses on the consequences:

Think the Edwards campaign's blog troubles ended with Amanda Marcotte's resignation? Think the Edwards campaign's blog troubles end with Edwards?

Think again.

As predicted, right wing activists have detected in the sheepish silence of the other Democratic presidential campaigns an opportunity to separate yet more top contenders from the herd, and turn Democrats against Democrats.

First on the block: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Congratulations, geniuses. And best of luck to you.

Wilkes+Foggo=Indictment

Yummy! Another Repug scandal. And with hookers! Frissons of joy run through my body.

The indictment is finally in. TPM has great coverage.

More traditional (and less amusing) coverage: Times. Others have the same Reuters story. If they put up their own stuff, and it's interesting, I'll post it.

Join Chris Dodd

... and come out against torture!

Outrage Burnout

I'm sitting here this morning feeling both completely outraged and completely numb about the Federal Prosecutor Mass Firing scandal. The rank politicization of federal attorney ranks is evil, yet commonplace. The lies and hypocrisy used to 'explain' the situtaion from Bu$hCo are revolting, yet expected.

I want to be swinging from trees, bellowing in fury. And yet, between, this, Iraq, Iran, Libby/Plame, Cunningham, Abramoff, ad nauseum, I'm just sort of biliously numb. The combination of venality, criminality, hypocrisy, and bald-faced dishonesty have rendered me speechless.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Coming Soon

I want to rant about the anonymous, fact-light briefing yesterday pointing the finger of blame for the Iraq mess squarely at Iran. The whole thing is such a piece of work, reminiscent if not a mirror image of the patchwork of lies, half truths, stretched and distorted ambiguities that led us into Iraq.

But I'm too tired now, so I'll do it later!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

If You're Gonna Fuck Up....

...do it in DC. Only there can you singlehandedly derail a diplomatic initiative, drive a country towards war, and remove the likelihood of anyone being able to repair, and then leave that job and become a foundation fellow and major weekly newsmag columnist. Even Hollywood moves failures to the B list. Sheesh.

Bang! You're Still Stupid

The ever estimable Larry Johnson, at TPM, disassembles little Dougie (Stupidest Fucking Guy On The Planet) Feith and his pack of less than accurate statements in wake of the IG's report on the Iraq Study Group. With the help of Fox Noise and Washington Times, no less.

War Whores

First, he destroys the Army (and Marines) and now, and the Dumbfuck-in-Chief is working on the Navy. Can we afford to lose a carrier (or carrier group) or two, just to prove he's the biggest badass on the planet?

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Obama Official

Barack Obama officially announced today. He's not my number one guy (I don't think he's got enough experience yet), but I don't have any major problems with him either. With the right staff, he could be a good President (yes, I know that's what they said about Shrub, but they lied, didn't they? And it wasn't exactly a good staff they gave him, either, was it?)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Update!

Anna Nicole Smith is still dead!

Sources trying to determine if Generalissimo Franco is also still dead.

My God! HE IS! HE IS!

Watching Doug Feith on Situation Room, I am forced to agree with those who have worked with him and named him 'the stupidest fucking guy on the face of the earth'. I'd never seen him before, so I had only gleaned the level of stupidity that made its way to me through writing. Unfiltered, live, on camera, he's exactly as described.

Update: Actually, he may be WORSE than that. I've been watching him with Blitzer (god is that a stupid sandwich or what?) and the longer he's on, the stupider he gets and the less sense he makes. Can you imagine basing any action, let alone a war of choice, on ANYTHING, this stupid motherfucker says? Unbelievable.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bloggers Saved

It appears Edwards will not ax Amanda and Melissa over their comments on their personal blogs from before joining the campaigns. I'd like to think it was my compelling message to his Myspace that turned the tide, but it still hasn't appeared, and his response was a little weaselier than I would have liked.

Lying Sack of Shit!

OOOOH, I hear you cry! Whoever can he mean? Surely not one of our oh-so-honorable Bu$hCo elected officials or appointees? Not THEM!?!?!?

Well, today, Condi told a fib, boys and girls. And it's a whopper.

Hell, even I remember the failed Iranian proposals. Maybe they all need a little more gingko. Helps me remember my name.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Disengagement, Not Defeat

Edward Luttwak weighs in on disengagement in the NYT. Josh weighs in on Luttwak's column. Good stuff.

From Josh:

But getting our policy in order is also being stymied because the political opponents of the war aren't willing to say that, yes, the policy has failed. Not 'defeated'. To be 'defeated' you need to have some other party 'defeat' you. This is just a failure. But whichever it is, that bogey is being used by the White House to scare off the opposition. It's a failure. There's no recovering it. And the unspeakable reality -- truly unspeakable, apparently -- is that it's not that bad. Horrible for the Iraqis. Horrible for the American dead. Terrible for American prestige, power and honor. All that. But not the end of the world. The future of our civilization isn't at stake. And our physical safety isn't at stake. We'll go on.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Congrats

...to the Colts and Bears for a great game. Just wish I'd bet my hunch.

Maybe next year, the Cowboys? Assuming they have a coach by then.

Private, Schmivate

Matt Yglesias has good observations on why private contracting of public functions isn't any better than having government do it (and in many cases demonstrably less desirable).

The cash doesn't go to companies that can do a really good job, it just goes to companies that have political clout -- i.e. ones that recycle a share of their profits into campaign contributions. It's essentially the worst of both worlds, since you get the inherent problems of the public sector plus the need for owners to be taking a slice off the top in profit margins. It is, however, a very good deal for politicians interested in union-busting and for politicians interested in raking money in from government contractors. Shockingly, the GOP loves it.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Gore '08?

I'm one of those who thinks Gore probably isn't in the race. But Donna Brazile appears to disagree, and she knows him. Well.

link stolen gleefully from DailyKos :)

Friday, February 02, 2007

NIE

Available here

Yikes!

The NIE is BRUTAL! No wonder they didn't want it out.

From Spencer Ackerman, writing for TPM/Muckracker:

Wow, this is grim. According to the just-released Key Judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, political reconciliation is likely a bridge too far over the next year and a half.

The Sunnis remain "unwilling to accept minority status" and believe the Shiite majority is a stalking horse for Iran. The Shiites remain "deeply insecure" about their hold on power, meaning that the Shiite leadership views U.S.-desired compromises -- on oil, federalism and power-sharing -- as a threat to its position. Perhaps most ominously, the upcoming referendum on the oil-rich, multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk threatens to be explosive, as the Kurds are determined to finally regain full control over the city.

...

About Iran. This must have been one of the most controversial elements of the estimate: Iraq's neighbors are "not likely to be a major driver of violence or the prospects for stability because of the self-sustaining character of Iraq's internal sectarian dynamics." There's the expected qualifications that Iran and Syria are up to no good, but this is the major point. In other words, no matter how much Bush wants to lay the blame for the disintegration of Iraq on the meddlesome interference of Iran and Syria, the U.S.-sponsored political process itself -- indeed, the new, U.S.-midwifed Iraqi political order -- itself sows the seeds for the country's destruction. Apparently Bush could attack Iran to his heart's content, and Iraq would still remain inflamed.

Oh, and one final thought: this is just what's unclassified. If past NIEs are any prologue, what remains classified is much, much grimmer than what we see here. More likely than not, this is the most optimistic presentation of the NIE possible. Happy Friday.


From Young & Pincus, at WaPo:

The estimate, which represents the views of all elements of the intelligence community, presents a much grimmer picture of the situation in Iraq than the Bush administration has acknowledged in the past.

While saying the situation could change if the current level of violence is reduced, it also concludes that given the "current winner-take-all attitude and sectarian animosities infecting the political scene, Iraqi leaders will be hard pressed to achieve sustained political reconciliation in the [12 to 18 month] time frame of this estimate."

In contrast to recent claims by the administration that Iran and Syria have been important players in the sectarian violence, the NIE said "outside actors" are "not likely to be a major driver of violence or the prospects for stability." Instead it says that the disparate nature of the Iraqis, themselves, is at the root of the problem.

...

In a discussion of whether Iraq has reached a state of civil war, the public document says, on one hand, that the term "does not adequately capture the complexity" of a conflict that includes different groups of Shiites fighting each other, al-Qaeda and Sunni insurgents' attacks on U.S. and other coalition forces, and "widespread criminally motivated violence."

However, it also found that the phrase "accurately describes key elements of the Iraqi conflict, including the hardening of ethno-sectarian identities, a sea change in the character of the violence, ethno-sectarian mobilization, and population displacements."

...

The document emphasizes that although al-Qaeda activities in Iraq remain a problem, they have been surpassed by Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence as the primary source of conflict and the most immediate threat to U.S. goals. Iran, which the administration has charged with supplying and directing Iraqi extremists, is mentioned but is not a focus.



Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ritter

Scott Ritter, in The Nation, steps up and tells Congress to get a grip and nip the whole Iran thing in the bud, or Iran will the albatross around their necks, as the Iraq debacle is around the Repugs' necks.

Conyers Going After Shrub Signing Statements

Rep John Conyers (D-MI), chairman of the House Judiciary Cmte, has announced his intention to investigate EVERY one of Dumbfuck's signing statements, and any possible violation of law resulting therefrom. Should be interesting.

Even more interesting (from Froomkin):

For some reason, there was no mention of this important story today in either The Washington Post, the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times.

Touching Molly Ivins Obit

From Texas Observer, where she was editor before leaving for national prominence.

Via Atrios- Rude Pundit has a great reminiscence, too.

21000? 35000? 48000?

Does it really matter to Dumbfuck how many poor peons die for his ego/legacy? Besides, if they don't get killed now in Iraq, they'll just get killed later in Iran. Right?

Hooey Kablooey

In addition to the vague joy of watching the self-important city of Boston tie itself into knots yesterday, we get the joy of seeing their attempts to blame everyone but themselves for the hysteria generated by the Mayor and police (with an assist from Fox Noise) rebound with a thud. Menino, Boston.... you fucked up, cost yourself a million bucks and looked like morons..... let it go, get over it, move on.

kos weighs in

Support Your Troops!

Just like Bush and McCain.... buy them concrete shoes and take them swimming.

Jesus, more here.

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