Tuesday, August 21, 2007

When FOXNews Presumes, It Doesn't Fool Around

Surge Results Don't Quell Calls for Iraq Withdrawal - 21 Aug 2007 at 12:37pm - WASHINGTON - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Fred Thompson criticized Iraq war critics Tuesday by noting that lawmakers are ready to withdraw troops from the country even though surge reports are positive.

I can see calling him a presumptive candidate, but presumptive nominee?
Pentagon to suspend anti-terror database - 21 Aug 2007 at 10:46am - WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an anti-terror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat.

White House seeks delay on subpoenas - 21 Aug 2007 at 11:09am - WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney's office acknowledged it has documents that "may be responsive" to an investigation into a secret eavesdropping program, although it indicated it would not turn over the papers without a fight.
Cheney, who claims the Vice President's office doesn't fall within the executive branch of government, wouldn't think of claiming executive privilege, would he?

Iraq progress extremely disappointing: US envoy - 21 Aug 2007 at 12:43pm - BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi political progress has been "extremely disappointing," the US ambassador in Baghdad said on Tuesday, two weeks before he and the top American military commander in Iraq are to report to Congress.

CIA called passive on al-Qaida threat - 21 Aug 2007 at 1:10pm - WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director George Tenet did not use all of his available powers and the U.S. spy community lacked a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida in the run-up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agency's internal watchdog concluded in a report released Tuesday.... The report said top CIA officers "did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner" and it described a "systemic breakdown" in a watch list for tracking terrorism suspects who seek to enter the United States.
But Tenet evidently discharged his responsibilities in suffciently a satisfactory manner, in GWB's view, as to merit the award of a Medal Of Freedom. Something still doesn't add up.

Spy court gets new home of its own - 21 Aug 2007 at 1:14pm - WASHINGTON -- The nation's spy court is moving from its longtime home at the Justice Department to a nearby federal courthouse, a move that some hope will assert the court's independence even as Congress shifts some of its authority to the Bush administration.

Bush acknowledges frustration in Iraq - 21 Aug 2007 at 1:43pm - MONTEBELLO, Quebec -- President Bush acknowledged frustration with the troubled government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday but said it's up to the Iraqi people to decide whether to continue supporting him.

Bloomberg says won't run for president - 21 Aug 2007 at 1:51pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he cannot win the U.S. presidency and won't run, the strongest statement to date about his intentions for the 2008 presidential race.
Bloomberg: presumptive non-nominee.

Thought for the day:
If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets. -Mel Brooks (1926 - )


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