Thursday, April 27, 2006
That's where Phil is now. He doesn't get to blog as much as he used to, and he has to be more careful what he writes.
He recently posted a review of George Packer's The Assassins' Gate. One part captures the various understandings of the Iraq War so well, I felt compelled to share it here:
Contradictory Evidence. There is enough evidence on the ground in Iraq to support any conclusion you want to arrive at, save for the absolutes. It is not absolutely certain that we will win or lose here — only that the outcome will be something greater than defeat, something less than total victory. Packer arrives at this observation near the end of the book, and I think it's absolutely brilliant. When members of Congress and the press come to Iraq for "touch and go" visits, I imagine they find whatever evidence they want to support the opinions they had when they landed here. Likewise, the reporters and soldiers like me who live here for months on end are able to piece together just about any conclusion we want, depending on the day and our morale, because there is plenty of evidence out there for us to pick from. It's extremely hard in Iraq to arrive at any definitive, objective, balanced version of "the grouth truth." The truth in Iraq always remains just out of focus, beyond the ability of our eyes and minds to resolve into clarity.Except, of course, for the truth that American troops are there, at tremendous cost of blood and treasure, with no obvious end in sight.
According to the WSJ,
. . . investigators are focusing on whether any other members of Congress, or their staffs, may also have used the same free services, though it isn't clear whether investigators have turned up anything to implicate others.Can't hardly wait for the other stocking to drop on this one.
UPDATE Thursday night: You just know that there are hard working folks at the CIA (not to mention those who have fled the agency in the past year) who are digging this:
Ken Silverstein reports at Harper's blog on the spreading Cunningham-Wade-Wilkes prostitute scandal. He says more lawmakers, past and present, are being investigated. Sounds like he thinks House Intel Chair-turned-CIA Director Porter Goss is one of themLet's plan a party!
More at Raw Story.
Couldn't happen to a nicer Turd Blossom.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
This is not good:
Just days after U.S. troops were ordered to plug a security breach at their base here, the black market trade in computer memory drives containing military documents was thriving again Monday.Three years after Donald Rumsfeld single-handedly eliminated the Taliban, there still seem to be more than a few dead-enders with weapons. With access to this kind of information, they become even more deadly to Americans serving there.
Documents on flash drives for sale at a bazaar across from the American military base over the weekend contained U.S. officers' names and cellphone numbers and instructions on using pain to control prisoners who put up resistance. A study guide on one of the drives describes tactics for interrogating and controlling detainees by pinching or striking nerve and pressure points on their face, neck, arms and legs.
According to Amber Jane at Daily Kos, the US Air
I was kinda wondering why no zoomies stop by Rain Storm anymore.
Thanks to Josh for the link.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Just a reminder (and mostly from memory - not an exact quote):
You can bomb it from the air and run tanks across the plains, but you will only own the ground when the Infantryman places his boots on the ground and takes it.You pay for foreign real estate with blood and treasure. Too many slow learners have never been presented with the tab.
Read about it here. Contact your Congress Critters (if you're in Shadegg's district, call him up 202-225-3361).
Don't let Congress just cave in to the big telcos. Stir it up NOW!
I thank you. The blogosphere thanks you.
It starts with a few College Republican ratfucking pranks. They think that's really cool, so they make a life style choice and work on a campaign or two. They start drinking the kool-aid. And at some point, they cross over the invisible line and can no longer help themselves. They've become career criminals.
Stir it up!
Sunday, April 23, 2006
And as E. J. Dionne notes, that's what the White House fears most. Suddenly everything could be investigated.
Work hard from now unitl the November election. It could be fun watching everybody in BushCo land pissing their pants at the same moment.