Torture

"They say this is a different kind of war," Tony Lagouranis says. "Different rules for terrorists. Total crap." Lagouranis was a military intelligence specialist in Iraq until he was honorably discharged due to "adjustment disorder." That seems to be a military psychologist's euphemism for still having his conscience and humanity mostly intact. I've written before [Read More...]

You can copy off mine

Item: BAGHDAD (AP) — With a midnight deadline only hours away, Iraq's political leaders met Monday in search of a compromise over a new constitution. Some lawmakers said differences remained over the role of Islam and women's rights, but others reported progress. … The initial Aug. 15 deadline was pushed back a week after no [Read More...]

“Ah, we did? I don’t think so”

President Bush sat down for an interview with David E. Sanger and Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times. As an expression of confidence in the president's ability to discuss and respond to any questions the reporters might have, Bush agreed to be interviewed alone. Well, almost alone. He was accompanied by Karen Hughes, Condoleezza [Read More...]

Surreal

For the first year of the war in Iraq, the Bush administration vehemently condemned any comparison between the quagmire in Iraq and the quagmire in Vietnam. Iraqification, they insisted, was nothing like Vietnamization and they denounced any hint of a mention of Vietnam. The mire continues to quag yet, we are told, there are signs [Read More...]

Snap, Crackle, Pop

David Kay is not impressed with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice: A former Bush administration official who led the fruitless postwar effort to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that the National Security Council led by Condoleezza Rice had botched intelligence information before the war and was "the dog that [Read More...]

Pilloried Post

Excuses, excuses. Howard Kurtz offers a long-but-shallow examination of The Washington Post's credulous prewar reporting about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction and the Bush administration's supposed evidence for it. Atrios has already done the heavy lifting in highlighting some of the godawful revelations and admissions in this piece, but here's my two cents. To [Read More...]

A Confession

OK, it's time to come clean. I forged the documents claiming that Iraq was attempting to buy uranium from Niger. What can I say? It seemed like a good idea at the time. Back in 2002, two things about the Bush administration's planned invasion of Iraq were becoming clear: 1) they were determined to do [Read More...]

Denial is a happy place

From a report on President Bush's visit to Lancaster County, Pa., in Lancaster New Era: Veteran Jake Caldwell, 42, of Lancaster, held up a sign that stated "Stop the war" as he loudly questioned the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "I feel the American public’s been duped," Caldwell said. "I think it's [Read More...]


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