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Rush Indignation

Rush indignation… it’s everywhere… from TPM Election Central: Breaking: White House Faults Rush Limbaugh Over “Phony Soldiers” Comment… That’s right… Even the White House didn’t get Rush’s back on this: Here’s a round-up of posts on Limbaugh’s “phoney soldiers” smear: Media Matters: Limbaugh falsely recasts “phony soldiers” smear TPM Election Central: Exclusive: Dem Rep To […]

Army Is Worn Too Thin

General George Casey, the Army’s top officer, told Congress on Wednesday that the Army “has been stretched so thin by the war in Iraq that it can not adequately respond to another conflict.” Although this has come up in the past, many times, the Bush Administration fails to listen and yesterday’s warning was “one of […]

Biden’s Iraq Plan Passes Senate

Senator Joe Biden’s Iraq Federalism amendment passed in the Senate today. In what was a “strong rebuff to the Bush Administration on Iraq, the Senate overwhelming approved a plan by Biden that essentially calls for breaking Iraq into three sections: Kurd, Sunni, and Shia.” While the amendment is nonbinding, it’s the first measure to pass, […]

Kerry Statement on Ahmadinejad Visit to U.S. and Speech at Columbia University

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in N.Y. today delivering a speech at Columbia University. Before the speech Columbia University President Lee Bollinger ripped into Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “going through a long list of documented actions and remarks by the firebrand Iranian leader and his government.” “Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a […]

Senate Republicans Don’t Support the Troops

Why do Senate Republicans not support the troops? Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats’ best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush’s Iraq strategy. The measure to give troops as much rest time at home as […]

Kerry and McCain Debate the Iraq War

John McCain may be “vocal on Iraq” but “quiet on Bush” as the N.Y. Times points out, but John Kerry made certain on ‘Meet The Press’ that viewers knew that “the Bush-McCain strategy of escalating our troops in the middle of a civil war has no relationship directly to what you need to do to […]

Kerry and Democrats Say Bush Report Misleads With Claims of Progress

Just one day after Bush announced “a limited drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq by next summer,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that “it might be possible to reduce U.S. forces there further over the course of next year, down to approximately 100,000 troops by the end of 2008.” Gates’s comments came in the […]

No Exit, No Strategy and More…

The editorial and opinion pages are buzzing on Bush’s speech last night. The N.Y. Times weighs in with a piece titled: “No Exit, No Strategy.” This was the week in which Americans hoped they would get straight talk and clear thinking on Iraq. What they got was two exhausting days of Congressional testimony by the […]