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Army Gen.: Rumsfeld Muzzled Postwar Plans

Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, who retires in three weeks, said the Defense secretary threatened in 2003 to “fire the next person” who talked about the need for postwar planning for Iraq. Rumsfeld apparently knew such talk would create the perception that the U.S. would be there a long time.
This is big: It’s a current Army general saying this—albeit one who’s about to retire. And it confirms what outsiders (like journalists) have been reporting for some time.

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ABC’s Undocu-Drama Airs With Few Changes

In spite of (or perhaps because of) all the heat and negative publicity, ABC/Disney ran the first half of its fictionalized “The Path to 9/11” miniseries last night. It trimmed perhaps a minute off the original cut, but left in most of the flagrantly fictional parts. (Looks like netroots aren’t all-powerful, after all…)

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Cheney and Condi Defend Their Debacles

Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice each went on TV Sunday to perform CPR on the administration?s legacy.  Though both admitted to more dogged resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan than expected, the pair defended the administration?s decision-making and claimed we are safer now thanks to Bush?s policies.

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The Cash Cost of London?s Airline Scare

BAA, which operates London?s Heathrow Airport, is set to announce losses of 20 million pounds due to the recent terror alert.  British Airways has already announced 40 million pounds in losses, following the cancellation of flights?thousands at Heathrow alone?and restrictive security measures.

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Blair Chats Up Olmert and Abbas

Tony Blair has been busy, meeting with both Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert in recent days?all while fending off controversy at home over when he?ll step down.  For their part, the Palestinian president and Israeli prime minister have agreed to meet with each other.

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FBI and CIA Clash Over Interrogation Methods

In 2002 Abu Zubaydah, a captured Bin Laden henchman, experienced two radically different kinds of interrogation as the FBI and the CIA secretly engaged in a debate that continues today.  As one official put it: ?When you rough these guys up, all you do is fulfill their fantasies about what to expect from us.?

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So That’s Why the Death Toll Figure Was Low…

It appeared for a while that the death toll had dropped drastically in Iraq in August, but then word leaked out that the initial numbers were two-thirds too low. We didn’t know why. But it appears we do now: The Pentagon isn’t counting those killed in car bombs or mortar attacks—and it has no good excuse. (h/t: Huff Po)

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Bill Maher: The Difference Between Sunni and Suri

The HBO talk show host delivers President Bush a primer on Sunni Muslims and Suri Cruise. Cute.

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Bush’s Wiretapping Bill Stalls in Congress

Phew! President Bush’s attempt to provide legal support for his warrantless wiretapping program appears dead—for now—in the Senate.

  • Quote of the day (from Sen. Russ Feingold): “The president has basically said: I’ll agree to let a court decide if I’m breaking the law if you pass a law first that says I’m not breaking the law.”

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


  • Just Another Measly Bombshell Report

    A Senate report on prewar intelligence has concluded that there was no evidence Saddam had ties with Al Qaeda. This is yet another confirmation of what we all, sadly, already know—not only about the realities of Mideast tyrants, but about the realities of liars in the Bush administration. Also, there are new tidbits inside.

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


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