Friday, July 25, 2008

In the News: Jul-25

Taliban winning propaganda battle in Afgahnistan, says think tank - 25 Jul 2008 at 2:41pm - The Brussels-based International Crisis Group says NATO, the US and the Kabul government are losing the propaganda battle in Afghanistan to a technologically sophisticated Taliban campaign.

Audit finds serious hazards from abandoned mines - 25 Jul 2008 at 1:27pm - WASHINGTON -- An audit says the government has endangered the public's health and safety by failing to clean up abandoned mines on federal land in the West.

German govt. says Obama speech sent 'positive signal' - 25 Jul 2008 at 9:26am - Barack Obama's speech to a huge Berlin crowd sent a "positive signal" to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Friday, praising the presidential candidate's focus on working with America's partners. Obama addressed more than 200,000 people at the capital's Victory Column on Thursday evening after meeting Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the first leg of a three-country European tour.

Iraqi PM says troop withdrawal must satisfy all - 25 Jul 2008 at 8:45am - CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday that any U.S. troop withdrawal would have to satisfy both parties and protect Iraq's sovereignty.

Report urges overhauling how passports are issued - 25 Jul 2008 at 7:18am - WASHINGTON -- The State Department must develop a "comprehensive, long-term strategy" to meet the public's rising demand for passports and avoid a repeat of the frustrating backlog fiasco of last summer, congressional investigators have concluded.

Angry Bloggers On Left And Right Unite Over FISA - 25 Jul 2008 at 6:32am - Democratic and Republican bloggers have joined forces to punish members of Congress who voted for a revised government surveillance bill backed by the White House. One independent online group raised roughly $350,000 to spend on anti-FISA TV and radio ads.

Thought for the day:
War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade. -Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)


At 4:54 AM, Blogger Jen Clark said...

So, I got my passport during the "backlog" of last summer and it took 2 weeks. I highly doubt we need an overhaul of a system that has worked just fine every time I've had to use it. Every time I hear that another system desperately needs to be fixed by the Bush administration, my blood runs cold. Ugh... I'm so tired of these people

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Yes, Jen, especially since, as the article mentions, they've already expanded their workforce to deal with the increased demand, and there's no longer a backlog.

Is there anything the Bush administration has "fixed" that hasn't turned to crap as a result? From the early tax cuts for the wealthy, to the so-called PATRIOT act, through no-child-left-behind, to FISA "reforms", and everything in between, nothing really comes to mind.


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