From the monthly archives: April 2007

I just saw this ad on CNN’s Situation Room …

It’s by a group called Americans United for Change.

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A study in contrasts…

On April 30, 2007 By

I’m sure I don’t need to dig up specific examples, as everyone should be well aware by now of how we treat “enemy combatants” we capture and send to Guantanamo Bay. Isolation, degradation, and even torture.

And then I saw this in yesterday’s Dispatch (emphasis mine):

Crew coach Sigi Schmid’s 82-year-old father, Fritz, is visiting Columbus this week and was at the game against D.C. United last night. His eyes lit up when asked about the years he spent in a prison camp in England during and after World War II.

“We had a wonderful time,” said Schmid, who […]

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I have to say that I advocated for this several times while I was there but could never pull it off. Now that I’ve left, guess what? There will be STRIPPERS at the Progress Ohio offices. Great:

(Columbus) ? Entertainers from across the state will gather in Columbus for a news conference on Tuesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. The event will take place in the offices of Progress Ohio, 265 S. Third Street, Columbus.

Dancers formed the grassroots organization ?Dancers for Democracy? to try and combat Senate Bill 16, a measure that would limit the hours of adult businesses […]

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The Guardian:

A Congressional investigation into reconstruction in Iraq found that six out of eight projects the Bush administration claimed to be a success were falling apart, throwing doubts over the long-term viability of much of the $30bn (?15bn) programme.

Plain Dealer/AP:

Washington- U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq are so beset with daily violence, corruption and poor maintenance that Iraqis will not be capable of managing reconstruction anytime soon, investigators say.

The latest audit by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction found that uncertainty and delays plague a U.S.-led war and rebuilding effort that has […]

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Welcome Back Tony Snow

On April 30, 2007 By

It’s good to see Tony back to work. Hopefully his treatment will put him on the road to permanent recovery.

DAVIDSON, N.C. –White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who will soon begin chemotherapy to fight a cancer recurrence, told fellow alumni at Davidson College that he feels great and plans to return to work Monday.

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Israelis demand accountability

On April 30, 2007 By

Ehud Olmert is under fire.

JERUSALEM – Members of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s ruling coalition joined opposition lawmakers yesterday in calling for the Israeli leader and his defense minister to resign after parts of a government report criticizing their handling of last year’s war in Lebanon were leaked to local media.

Officials close to the investigation confirmed TV reports that the panel concluded Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz made hasty and ill-judged decisions at the outset of the war.

Money quote:

According to the people familiar with the investigation, the panel concluded that Olmert failed to sufficiently […]

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Update: Irony Alert! Official Caught Using Escort Service Demanded Anti-Prostitution ?Loyalty Oaths?

You have to think this one is gonna get bigger (ht BSB and reader tip):

Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.

Tobias resigned after ABC News contacted him with questions about the escort service, the sources said. ABC News released a statement last night saying Tobias acknowledged Thursday that he had used the service to provide massages, not […]

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Good stuff:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — When it comes to Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment — “Thou shalt not speak ill of thy fellow Republicans” — GOP presidential candidates seem to be losing their religion…Republican candidates have been speaking a lot of ill — sometimes quite directly.

It has been said that when Democrats lose an election, they form a circular firing squad. Last year, Republicans lost. So it’s their turn to fire on one another.

Conservatives argue Republicans lost because they veered from their conservative principles on issues like the deficit…The top-tier Republican candidates are all suspect to solid conservatives, who […]

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from Think Progress:

Bush to receive Iraq bill on ?Mission Accomplished? day.

CNN has confirmed that Congress? Iraq withdrawal legislation will be delivered to President Bush on Tuesday, making it highly likely that Bush will veto the bill on the four year anniversary of his infamous ?Mission Accomplished? speech

Yep. Love me some irony…

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Generals and the Iraq War: FUBAR

On April 27, 2007 By

[Note: FUBAR = fucked up beyond all recognition for my non-military friends]

Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, deputy commander of the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, wrote a scathing indictment of the top brass in an article for Armed Forces Journal. It’s worth a read. In it he makes a couple points I wanted to highlight and comment on. I’ve been having several conversations lately about the war and had one just today with a friend. We weren’t coming from the same direction entirely, but there were certainly some takaways from it that actually line up with Col. Yingling.

His first […]

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