Sunday, June 17, 2007

Short Libbed

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John Caruso translates Snowjobese into English. Via Jonathan Schwarz, who "strongly suspect[s] that Tony Snow doesn't just lie every second of his waking life, but actually lies in his dreams." Heh.

Someone, get the budget figures for the Iraq war to Pres. Bush's desk, stat. He "warned Congress" today that he plans to curb "runaway government spending."

Seymour Hersh's new piece in the The New Yorker, an interview with Gen. Taguba of Abu Ghraib investigation fame, is catching a lot of attention on the correct side of the blogosphere (which as you know is not the right side). Arthur Silber quotes from Hersh on what happened when Taguba walked into the first meeting with Rumsfeld and his gang members following the report's release: " 'Here . . . comes . . . that famous General Taguba—of the Taguba report!' Rumsfeld declared, in a mocking voice."

Gen. David Petraeus tells Chris Wallace on Fox Sunday
that yes, he will know if the surge is succeeding by September 2007, but that no, the surge will not have succeeded by September 2007, and that yes, the United States will maintain a military occupation in Iraq for the next 50 years.

A judge has ordered the FBI to turn over thousands of pages documenting abuses of the government's authority to issue National Security Letters under the Patriot Act.

Greg Mitchell at E&P interviewed Jim Newton at the Los Angeles Times to find out how they found the guts to go on record as one of the few newspapers in the United States (and the only major one) to call for the U.S. to get out of Iraq.

Via Batocchio at Crooks and Liars, Steve Benen has a question for Harry Reid's critics on the right: "Which is worse, a senator’s mild, one-sentence criticism of a general’s judgment, or the president firing that general in the midst of a war?"

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