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Link Between al Qaeda and Iraq Fabricated During Torture

While Cheney continues to claim a link between Iraq and al Qaeda, the New York Times shows how screwed up this intelligence was: The Bush administration based a crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda on detailed statements made by a prisoner while in Egyptian custody who later said he had fabricated […]

Paul Krugman on Bush’s Promises

Here’s something we don’t expect to see. Paul Krugman found that Bush has kept one of his promises (while breaking others). After discussing how Bush has failed to keep promises to rebuild both Iraq and areas damaged by Katrina, he observes: Funny, isn’t it? Back during the 2000 campaign Mr. Bush promised to avoid “nation […]

Congress Investigates Why There Are 11 Teams in the Big 10

We previously noted that Joe Barton was planning a Congressional investigation into the Bowl Championship Series. The Los Angeles Times reports that they have looked into one of the biggest mysteries of college football: To my mind, the most interesting question of the day was posed by Barton to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany: “Why […]

Kerry: Reduce U.S. Force in Iraq by 100,000 by End of Next Year

New York Newsday is reporting an AP piece about John Kerry’s speech today in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here’s a few quips: The United States needs to reduce its forces in Iraq by “at least 100,000” by the end of 2006, sending a message to the Middle East that Americans are […]

NPR: John Kerry Lays Out Plan for Iraq Pullout

In a follow up to his speech today at the Council on Foreign Relations, John Kerry read an essay on his Plan for an Iraq Pullout, on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ this afternoon. “Our troops in Iraq are among the finest American’s who have ever served, and they’re doing so heroically. But frankly it’s long […]

Why You Must See Syriana

We often find it easy to go through life not thinking about things that we use everyday. But when those things threaten to one day no longer exist, it’s time to think about them. When the prices of those things we depend on to fuel our cars, heat our homes and transport our goods go […]

Kerry Assails Iranian President’s Unacceptable Comments on Israel

John Kerry was in New York today delivering a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. While in New York Kerry issued the following statement in response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments on the Holocaust: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hateful assault on Israel continued today. For the leader of any country to question whether […]

John Kerry Hates United States (and other Right Wing Lies)

While waiting for the right wing response to John Kerry’s speech I’ll try to think how they do. Just look at the hidden message in the first three paragraphs: So much of wHAT wE used to take for granted in national security policy has now been called into question. We used to know that despite […]