Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I Will Once Again Explain the Consequences Of Failure

U.S. opposition to Iraq war hits new high: poll - 10 Jul 2007 at 8:38am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opposition to the Iraq war has climbed to a record high and President George W. Bush's approval rating dropped to a new low amid growing dissent from members of his own Republican party over his war strategy, according to a new USAToday/Gallup poll.

Snow says more time needed for Iraq - 10 Jul 2007 at 8:56am - A report citing a lack of progress by the Baghdad government is only "a look at the starting line" of the U.S. troop surge and shouldn't be used by critics to demand withdrawal, President Bush's spokesman said Tuesday.
Moving targets we're used to, but this moveable starting line is kind of a new twist.

Report: Gonzales Knew Of FBI Abuses - 10 Jul 2007 at 9:30am - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales received reports detailing legal or procedural violations of the USA Patriot Act by FBI agents in the months before he told senators that no such abuses had occurred, The Washington post reported.
It all depends on what the definition of "abuses" is?

Dems call for combat to end by 2008 - 10 Jul 2007 at 11:45am - WASHINGTON -- A senior Democrat said Tuesday it was obvious the Iraqi government has made no progress and the only way to propel it was to begin pulling out U.S. troops....President Bush said he won't succumb to political pressure. During a visit to Parma, Ohio on Tuesday, he reiterated that troop levels in Iraq "will be decided by our commanders on the ground, not by political figures in Washington, D.C." "I fully understand that this is a difficult war. It's hard on the American people but I will once again explain the consequences of failure," he said.
He cannot admit that persisting in combat is itself failure. Are we not already seeing its consequences?

Bush prods Congress on domestic agenda - 10 Jul 2007 at 11:42am - PARMA, Ohio -- President Bush, clashing with Congress on several fronts, tried to pressure lawmakers Tuesday into taking up what's left of his shrinking domestic agenda.
Should his domestic agenda, whatever it may be, have a higher priority than changing course in Iraq?

Former Bush surgeon general says he was muzzled - 10 Jul 2007 at 1:18pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first U.S. surgeon general appointed by President George W. Bush accused the administration on Tuesday of political interference and muzzling him on key issues like embryonic stem cell research. "Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee.
If only we could say this were shocking news.

Now is not time for withdrawal: Downer - 10 Jul 2007 at 3:00pm - The Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, says now is not the time for a sudden withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
The war apologists seem always to characterise withdrawal as "sudden". Is now the time for gradual withdrawal?

Thought for the day:
"Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards." -R. A. Dickson

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