Friday, November 30, 2007

A Mere Five Days

Short voting gap shapes presidential race - 30 Nov 2007 at 8:12am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - After more than a year of political campaigning and tens of millions of dollars raised and spent, some experts believe the contests to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for U.S. president could be over in a mere five days.
Why shouldn't it be over in a single day?

Man holds hostages at Clinton campaign office - 30 Nov 2007 at 3:00pm - ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - A man claiming to have a bomb strapped to his chest has seized two hostages at a New Hampshire campaign office for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Friday, police and witnesses said.
Quiz: Which cable or radio gasbag will be the first to publicly claim the hostage-taking was at Clinton's directive? For extra credit, how long will it take him/her to do it?

U.S. deaths in Iraq remain down - 30 Nov 2007 at 7:44am - The number of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq this month is headed toward the lowest monthly level since March 2006, reflecting a

Crackdown on Iraq Sunni leader after bombs found - 30 Nov 2007 at 8:33am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces arrested dozens of people, including the son of a leading Sunni Arab politician, in a pre-dawn raid on Friday after a car rigged with explosives was found near the lawmaker's office.

Operation in volatile Afghanistan district declared a success - 30 Nov 2007 at 9:23am - Canadian commanders said Friday that troops have secured a strategically important area in the volatile Zhari district in southern Afghanistan.

Thought for the day:
There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. -Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007), "Cold Turkey", In These Times, May 10, 2004


At 10:24 PM, Blogger Jen Clark said...

The lack of violence on our troops in Iraq is just the calm before the storm. I wrote a post about this the other day...Bush and Prime Minister Maliki have formed this deal that will allow Bush to have his permanent military bases in Iraq in return for US military protection of the Maliki government against anyone that would want to overthrow him.

This is going to piss off Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi army and the Sunni's if it the deal isn't stopped. Congress is doing absolutely nothing about it (they're still on their two week Thanksgiving break). This means that the decision is up to the Iraqi Parliment - which no longer contains any Sunnis.

With Moqtada al-Sadr and all Sunnis effectively thrown out of the political process, they will be forced, once again, to start killing our guys to pressure us to leave their country. It's just a matter of time.


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