Monthly Archives: September 2007

The Wrong Stuff

From the Chicago Tribune:

Following a heated all-day debate on the Senate floor that pitted combat veterans against combat veterans and one former secretary of the Navy against another, lawmakers rejected a proposal to require giving U.S. troops as much time to rest at home as they spend in theater overseas.

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Rethuglicans, do you like movies about gladiators?

From The Boston Globe:

Last week, the Republican Party tied its political hopes to one man: General David H. Petraeus.

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John the Baptist

From ABC News:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who has long identified himself as an Episcopalian, said this weekend that he is a Baptist and has been for years.

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Return of Distress

From the Washington Post:

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new benchmark now, and it’s called “return on success.”

Even before President Bush took to the airwaves Thursday evening, one of those mysterious unnamed “senior administration officials” explained the principle in a news briefing: “The more we succeed, the more troops we can bring home from Iraq. The president calls this policy ‘return on success,’ and that will be a major emphasis of the speech.”

And darned if it wasn’t.

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The Fall of Condi (and I don’t mean Autumn)

The New Statesman has a fascinating article which you kids simply must read. It is called The fall of Condi.

The US secretary of state was feted as “brilliant” and “gifted”, but her tenure is now acknowledged as a disastrous failure.
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Bush adopted Rice – black, and a woman – as a kind of mascot for his administration. He is genuinely fond of her, but that doesn’t mean he has ever paid any serious attention to what his inexperienced appointee has had to say. He always listened much more closely to hugely experienced Washington infighters such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, both of whom considered foreign policy to be part of their portfolios. As national security adviser, Rice flailed around desperately in the middle, letting both men trample all over her, and took command of US foreign policy away from Colin Powell, theoretically Bush’s secretary of state, and his deputy, Richard Armitage. “The calamitous consequences [of this] are likely to be felt for years to come,” says Zbigniew Brzezinski, US national security adviser himself from 1977-81.

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Slashing Prices

From Media Matters:

On The Situation Room, House Minority Leader John Boehner stated: “We need to continue our effort here [in Iraq] because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop Al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.”

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General Dissatisfaction

From Think Progress:

During the Iraq war, the Central Command (CENTCOM) head — who leads U.S. operations in the entire Middle East region — and the Multinational Force Commander (MNF) have regularly testified together about the course of the war in Iraq.
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In January, President Bush replaced Abizaid and Casey, who were “surge” skeptics, with Adm. William Fallon and Gen. David Petraeus. This week, Petraeus — in the first public hearings since taking on his new role — delivered his Iraq assessment to great media fanfare. But where was his boss, Admiral Fallon? Inter-Press Service suggests animosity between the two might be one reason for Fallon’s absence:

Fallon told Petraeus [in March] that he considered him to be “an ass-kissing little chickensh*t” and added, “I hate people like that”, the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.

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Toy Story

Time to start your holiday toy shopping!!

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) — Mattel Inc. Chairman Robert Eckert blamed the company’s contractors for a spate of recalls of Chinese-made products and told a congressional panel the toymaker has taken steps to prevent further incidents.
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“Our standards were violated,” Eckert told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

Poor Mattel!! Poor Bob!! They are victims, I tell ya, victims!!!!

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