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The former intelligence officer and weapons inspector argues that the president's recent World War III comment offers some rare insight into the highly secretive world of George W. Bush's White House, where the leader of the free world gets advice from reckless neoconservatives, "war criminal" Dick Cheney and "God."

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In this week's roundup of Truthdig-flavored videos, an Australian atheist goes door-to-door in Mormon Utah; a documentary film crew tells the story of the rendition and torture of a Guantanamo detainee; and Jon Stewart holds forth on Iraq "civil war" semantics.

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The New York Times has obtained a secret memo by National Security Advisor Stephen J Hadley that offers a frank assessment of the Iraqi prime minister: " The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests [Nouri al-Maliki] is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action".

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Stephen Hadley, Bush's national security advisor, told reporters about North Korea's missile launch, "Obviously, it is a bit of an effort to get attention, perhaps because so much attention has been focused on the Iranians."

  • This reminds us of a classic Andy Borowitz article a few years back that said something to the effect of "Kim Jong Il Wants to Know What It Will Take for America to Bomb His Country and Put It on the Map." Can anyone find that link?

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