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Bush Sets a Target for Iraq Transition

The president, who has until now refused to set concrete withdrawal timelines, now vows to cede control of most of the country to Iraqi forces by the end of 2006.
Check out a full-text version of his speech.

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U.S. Postwar Iraq Strategy a Mess, Tony Blair Was Told

According to leaked secret memos, top advisors to the British leader gave him explicit warnings three years ago that the U.S. had “No leadership, no strategy, no coordination, no structure and [was] inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis.”
Not that this kind of thing shocks us anymore, but still it’s eye-opening when it’s confirmed by a staunch ally.
Daily Kos tees off on this.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Now They Have John Paul Performing Miracles From the Grave

A French nun inflicted with Parkinson’s disease is suddenly cured—after fellow nuns pray to the dead pope.
The Associated Press ran this story without a hint of irony or skepticism.
Check out Truthdig’s Sam Harris for a little perspective.

Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Ties Iran to Iraqi Bombs

The president asserts that many of the roadside bombs in Iraq—which have proved so deadly to U.S. forces—originate in Iran.
This is part and parcel of Bush & Co.‘s efforts to portray Tehran as the next big boogeyman.
Check out Truthdig’s Juan Cole on Bush’s campaign to frame Iran. 

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Quote of the Day

Question: Why does Bush always sound like he’s talking to 5-year-olds?
Answer: “That’s the way these issues were explained to him.”—Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter

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Say What? Bush Pushing International Engagement?

According to the N.Y. Times, Bush is beginning to look for international help on issues of national security and global economics.
Hmmm ... maybe he shouldn’t have set the stage for such a request by pissing off the entire world. On the “you gotta be kidding me” scale, this ranks right up there with his recent declaration that the nation must break its “oil addiction.”

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Cheney Roasted at Gridiron Club

The elite of the nation’s political reporters gather at the 121-year-old club to poke fun at administration figures. Bush headlines the event, which focuses on Cheney’s hunting accident.
Call us crazy, but we’ve always felt uneasy about the press yukking it up with their sources like this. It’s hard to be a watchdog when you’re cozying up with the people you’re supposed to be watching. 

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N.Y. Times Bureau Chief: U.S. Effort in Iraq Likely to Fail

On a day when car bombs killed at least 62 people in Baghdad, reinforcing fears of an all-out civil war, John Burns, the N.Y. Times’ Baghdad bureau chief, tells Editor & Publisher that this struggle has, in fact, always been a civil war and, worse, that America will “probably” fail in Iraq.

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Hold the Religious Accountable for Their Beliefs

A prominent Slovenian-born atheist, surveying the violence done in the name of Islam, argues in the N.Y. Times that we should submit Islam, along with all other religions, to a “respectful, but for that reason no less ruthless, critical analysis. This, and only this, is the way to show a true respect for Muslims: to treat them as serious adults responsible for their beliefs.”

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Feingold Proposes Bush Censure Over Spying

Only one president in U.S. history has been censured—Andrew Jackson in 1834. But Russ Feingold says that this president “must be held accountable.”

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