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Life in Baghdad

A mostly positive report about the effects of the new security strategy in Baghdad from Mohammed at Iraq the Model.

It’s always good to be reminded that there are actual non-aligned, normal Iraqis who welcome the increased police presence provided by the new U.S. tactics. Mohammed is an unusually judicious and clear-eyed observer, and …

GOP IN-FIGHTING, REVEALED!

And I had to poke around in a little-noticed literary journal called “The New York Times” to find it:

My favorite thing about this chart — as pointed out by a friend of mine — is that it appears to equate David Geffen and Donald Rumsfeld, which can’t be pleasant for either of them. (Geffen would remind us that he is more …

Politico-opted

OMG! HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BREAKING NEWS!!! HOT HOT HOT!! DRUDGE RED SIREN POLITICO EXCLUSIVE from yesterday:

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut told the Politico on Thursday that he has no immediate plans to switch parties but suggested that Democratic opposition to funding the war in Iraq might change his mind.

Gosh, that sounds

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Iraq Rape Update

Now the Kurdish President and Sunni Vice President say it should be investigated.
Several readers have asked why this case is so important. Two reasons:

–it’s a measure of how serious Nuri al-Maliki is about being a Prime Minister who creates a multi-party state. So far, in this case, he has gratuitously inflamed tensions between Sunni …

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Cutting Off Nose, Spiting Face

Josh Marshall picks up a telling bit from Ha’aretz about the U.S. efforts to block a Syrian-Israeli peace deal.

When I interviewed Bashar Assad a few years ago, he told me that his father and Yitzak Rabin had gotten “98.5% of the way” toward a peace agreement. “The only outstanding issues were water rights and Sha’aba farms,” he said, …

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Complete and Total Embarrassment

This from j. goodrich at Tapped regarding the remarkable Glenn Beck. Why Time Warner, the owners of Time Magazine and this blog, would sully its credibility by employing this toxic dufus is beyond me.

The notion that it’s the personal morality of individual Americans–not the unwarranted invasion of Iraq, not Abu Ghraib, not the …

Charles Barkley Will Never Be Governor of Alabama

Remember back when the Round Mound of Rebound was flirting with the idea of getting into politics? I heard another nail being pounded into that coffin recently, when — in the midst of a half-time report — Barkley responded to an aside about some player involved in a fight being Christian by saying (from memory here): “Christians have …

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Iraq Rape Update

The latest from Baghdad.
I love this part:

In the statement to news organizations, Mr. Maliki went beyond trying to prove that the woman had not been raped, implying that she was unmarried and having an affair.

Maliki sure knows how to win over those Sunnis.

And then, there’s the question of when the U.S. Military will tell us what …

And the In-Flight Snacks on Air Force One Are Awesome

Anyone seeking to debunk the theory the Washington pres corps cares more about cocktail parties than, you know, the news may want to pack it in now.

I mean, I actually think the accusation that correspondents are too cozy with the admin is overhyped but I sort of hung my head when Richard Wolffe started talking about how his kids love …

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Clinton-Obama

Well, everybody seems to be having fun with this.. A few observations:

1. I think Obama won the round. The Clinton camp’s initial reaction was over the top: Do they really expect Obama to censor his campaign contributors? The Obama camp’s response was swift, brutal and elegant, another signal–after Obama’s take-down of the Australian …

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No Comment Necessary

From the Washington Post:

“What I’m worried about is that the American public will be quite perplexed by the president adding forces while our principal ally is subtracting forces,” said Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), a longtime war supporter who opposes Bush’s troop increase. “That is the burden we are being left with here.”

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