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Report: Bush’s Incorrect Forecasts Wrecking his Credibility

Three years of falsely upbeat predictions about the Iraq war are harming the president’s ability to restore confidence in his military operation and his presidency, according to GOP pollsters and strategists, reports the Washington Post.

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Washington Post: President’s Iraq Success Story a ‘Tall’ Tale

The paper throws cold water on Bush’s much-touted claim that the Tall Afar region of Iraq is a case study in the U.S.’ ability to help restore stability to a war-torn area. (Check out the transcript of Bush’s speech—particularly the unscripted Q & A session at the end.)

 

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Olbermann: Who does Bush ‘think he’s F’n kidding?’

The MSNBC anchor uses a clip from Bush’s own State of the Union address to contradict the president’s claim on Monday that he never made a direct connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein.
Olbermann then says: “Who does the president think he’s F’n kidding?”
Hats off to Olbermann for showing the backbone that is so often absent in media coverage of the president’s claims.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Afghan Could Get Death for Becoming a Christian

He converted to Christianity 16 years ago as an aid worker in Pakistan, an offense punishable by death under Sharia law. (Above: A judge holds the accused’s Bible.)
If you’re shaking your head over this resurgence of religious fundamentalism, check out this earlier story on the Taliban’s return to Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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From healingiraq.blogspot.com

Iraqi Blogger Writes of Harrowing Existence

The Washington Post ran a week’s worth of postings by a young, UK-raised Iraqi dentist who describes the unnerving experience of living “between the hammer of terrorists and the anvil of American, British and Iraqi security forces.”
(Also, check out his blog, Healing Iraq, with his bio.)

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Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


Did the AP Erase a Video of a War Crime?

The Associated Press erased a video of an unprovoked Israeli soldier shooting Palestinian children in 2004—according to a journalist conducting a study of the AP’s practices in the region.

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From washingtonpost.com

Iraq: Three Years In

It’s the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Where do we stand?
The N.Y. Times calls the undertaking a miserable, botched fiasco. Iraq’s former interim prime minister calls the sectarian violence “civil war.” An L.A. Times reporter says that Bush is working to lower expectations in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, writing in the Washington Post, sees the occupation through rose-colored glasses. A BBC reporter gives a “glass-half-full / glass-half-empty” reading, but the headline uses the word “bleak.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


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From the NY Times

Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

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Court OKs Anti-Abortion License Plates

A federal appeals court allows the state of Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates that read, “Choose Life.” The court says that although the decision to offer the plates may be ill-advised, it does not contravene the First Amendment.
Of all the odd places for an abortion-rights battle to show up, state license plates has to be atop the list.

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


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