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Jun 16, 2004

A Mutiny is Born

Wa Po: The Bush administration does not understand the world it faces and is unable to handle “in either style or substance” the responsibilities of global leadership, an eminent group of 27 retired diplomats and military commanders charged today…  ...As recently as this week, Vice President Cheney said Hussein had “long-established ties” with al Qaeda. “Why the vice president continues to make that claim beats me. I have no idea,” said Phyllis Oakley, a signatory of the anti-Bush statement …

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Jun 16, 2004

Touching

Lloyd Garver of CBSNews.com has received an invitation to be an Honorary Chairman of the House Majority Trust from Tom DeLay.  He is truly honored: As a columnist, I have often been rough on politicians from both sides of the aisle. I have certainly not treated the current president with kid gloves. In fact, I have often expressed how appalled I’ve been at things President Bush has done and said. And yet, you still invited me to this occasion. …

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Jun 16, 2004

Odds & Ends

A few tidbits: Our pal at Upper Left has some good quotes from the Reagans and Col. Hackworth. The Progress Report dissects DeLay’s energy grandstand. U.S. Comptroller General David Walker has found at least $1 billion in wasted funds in Iraq, “more than the government spends on research into Alzheimer’s disease and asthma combined, for example.” And the DNC is doing a major outreach project with an ad contest, with the winner being aired during the Convention.  If your …

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Jun 16, 2004

Wa Po and the “Torture Amendment”

Via TalkLeft, who have been humming on this amendment for a while, we have the Post’s endorsement of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill.  Incidentally, the editorial also lays down the law on what we know as well as anything I’ve seen: SLOWLY, AND IN spite of systematic stonewalling by the Bush administration, it is becoming clearer why a group of military guards at Abu Ghraib prison tortured Iraqis in the ways depicted in those infamous photographs. President …

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Jun 16, 2004

Team DeLay Goes After Team McCain

Little did we know how on point we were when we began discussing the rift, nay chasm in the GOP ranks as Team McCain vs. Team DeLay (the rift really first blew up here). For a quick update: “26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush”  have joined Team McCain. Team McCain is busy this morning promoting a bipartisan effort to push drug reimportation against the …

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Jun 16, 2004

Grass Roots, Baby

The Hill: Out-of-state Republican campaigners were a negligible presence in South Dakota’s recent special election, according to the executive director of that state’s Republican Party, and they were outdone by their Democratic counterparts. “Democrats have always been good about getting the vote turned out,” said Jason Glodt, executive director of South Dakota’s Republican Party. National Republicans, in contrast, represented about “5 percent” of the total campaign volunteers in his state, he said. “In the special, [the Democrats] relied on …

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Jun 15, 2004

Karpinski: “Like Dogs”

Some interesting breaking news from Australia: PRIME Minister John Howard today defended his refusal to call Major George O’Kane before a Senate inquiry, despite revelations the military lawyer had warned of prisoner violations in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail.  Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who was suspended from duty as head of the jail after the prisoner abuse scandal, has said Major O’Kane, an Australian army officer, had aggressively warned about Geneva Convention violations at Abu Ghraib.  General Karpinski also said …

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Jun 15, 2004

Joke of the Day

Supposedly circulated by “Clinton alumni,” thanks to Dan Froomkin: How many Bush administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb? • One to deny that a light bulb needs to be replaced. • One to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb. • One to blame the previous administration for the need of a new light bulb. • One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have …

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Jun 15, 2004

Waxman Prevails

We mentioned earlier that Waxman had turned his guns on the GOP half of the Government Reform Committee for failing to allow any serious hearings on Halliburton.  Waxman wins: Top executives of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company, Halliburton, will be asked to testify next month before a House committee investigating potential favoritism and waste in Iraq reconstruction contracts. In a bipartisan agreement, announced Tuesday despite political bickering over Halliburton’s role in Iraq, Government Reform Committee leaders said they …

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Jun 15, 2004

Puke Galore

William F. Buckley spews some astoundingly ill-informed moral vomit into the echo chamber today: Finding honor in Abu Ghraib  ...Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa was quick to ask for the dismissal of Donald Rumsfeld. Sen. Harkin, just a few months ago, was counseling the election of Howard Dean as president of the United States, which tells us something of his own judgment. He is part of a little group of left toughies who are calling for Rumsfeld’s dismissal—Nancy Pelosi …

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Jun 15, 2004

Friendly Skies

There was a big scare here last week where we evacuated the building, people were running in droves out of the Capitol, etc. etc.  There was a plane entering restricted airspace, and nobody knew what was going on.  This morning the Evansville Courier Press editorializes about those events: Republicans have given new meaning to flying the friendly skies After recent events, one wonders if Republicans just shouldn’t give up air travel. For a fleeting moment last week, it appeared …

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Jun 15, 2004

“Energy Week”

Wa Po sums up this week’s theatrics pretty well: THIS IS “ENERGY Week” down at the House of Representatives. Members are due to vote on at least four and possibly more bills, all related to domestic energy production, all designed to provoke the Senate to pass broad energy legislation, all designed, perhaps, to provide fodder for the election campaign. Some are also calling this Congress’s answer to high gasoline prices—but if this is the answer, maybe it’s time to …

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Jun 15, 2004

This is what happens…

When you give the whole world the finger for two years in a row. Washington Post “World Opinion Roundup”: The unexpected eruption of anti-American rage among young Iraqi men swarming to the site of a suicide bombing in downtown Baghdad Monday is no isolated incident. Rather, Iraq can be seen as the violent epicenter of a slow-motion earthquake of anti-Americanism with tremors felt thousands of miles away in countries once known for their American sympathies. The results have been …

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Jun 15, 2004

Waxman Blasts his Committee

On Halliburton (Washington Times): Allegations of squandering $8 billion in Iraq by the U.S.-based Halliburton oilfield service company swirled in Washington Tuesday, the Financial Times said.  At the center of the storm was Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who was to testify before a House committee on government reform that Halliburton mismanaged funds for the contract that was never open to tender.  A Pentagon audit has already found wide-spread deficiencies in the way Halliburton tracks billions of dollars of government …

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Jun 15, 2004

More Than Rhetoric

Roll Call: With two special election victories under their belts and “generic” ballot polling tilted heavily in their favor, House Democrats will convene a Caucus-wide meeting today aimed at convincing their rank-and-file Members that winning back control is now a plausible proposition. The centerpiece of this effort will be a presentation by targeting guru Mark Gersh that casts 2004 as a “trend election” based on continued feelings of economic insecurity, particularly among rural voters. While Democrats have yet to …

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