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Obama’s Iraq Guides

Karen Tumulty profiles the two senators accompanying Barack Obama to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed are veterans. Few know better than Jack Reed how to get beyond the customary Green Zone briefings that visiting VIPs typically get in Iraq. The Rhode Island Senator, a West Point grad and former Army Ranger […]

The downside of using military contractors

The downside goes way, way down. Ben Carter went to Iraq to offer his expertise in water purification and support the troops. He found problems. Tried to solve them. Alerted higher ups. Carter’s boss said, “The military is none of our f***ing concern.”

The interrogation of Saddam Hussein

CBS interviews the Lebanon-born FBI agent who waited five months to ask about weapons of mass destruction. The illusion of having them was key to Saddam’s power against Iran. A coupla things remind me of moments from the movie The Fog of War, where former enemies from the U.S. and N. Vietnam got together years […]

Friday not-funnies: Iraqi army disbanding retrospective edition

So Bush says somethign about being surprised about the decision to disband the Iraqi army. Then Bremer writes an Op-Ed saying, No, I mentioned it to President. The NY Times runs a video-letter to the editor from Charles Ferguson, filmmaker of No End in Sight. This 10+ minute video rebuttal (uses Flash and has choice […]

Maybe I didn’t read that right

Just saw this headline: General Blames Clerical Errors In the Case of Missing Arms and thought it was another one of those Walter-Reed medical care for the military news stories.

Henny Penny, Henny Penny: No end in sight

It’s a must-see movie. I don’t know if I can add to the descriptions of it– the story is told in the voices of some government staff, some soldiers, some journalists (including independent journalist-blogger Chris Albritton of back-to-iraq whose self-financed independent venture to Iraq led to his getting a job for Time), it’s a retrospective […]

No end in sight: Sunday in Pasadena, 1:55pm

Lately, my film viewing has been like my book reading: nonfiction (Harry Potter 7 excepted). Today a new documentary opens locally. Called No End In Sight, it’s a reputed even-handed (read: not overtly politicized) examination of the war in Iraq, focusing on the immediate post-invasion/liberation timeframe. Here’s a bit more about the movie from three […]

Dear Leader on the Couch

What do you get when you cross a psychoanalyst with certain CIA documents about Iraq obtained via FOIA? An armchair diagnosis of the [alleged] leader of our government. What is the psychology of a President who doesn’t read his own Intelligence arm’s classified or declassified documents about the very country he is waging war on/for… […]

Culture of Life, example 4390-24.6345

Maybe this “collateral damage” could have been avoided if the targets (read: children) had been called, say, stem cells? No? how about snowflake children, then?