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Soldiers’ Families Question Rumsfeld on Deployment

Fairbanks, Alaska – The wives of soldiers whose duty in Iraq was extended to add troop strength to Baghdad peppered U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with tough questions, some that he could not answer, at a closed-door meeting in Alaska on Saturday.
Rumsfeld, who received a mixed reception from a crowd that offered more applause for the questions asked than the answers provided, praised the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He would not commit to a date for bringing those soldiers home, but told a 12-year-old girl in the audience, “I’d bet your daddy gets home before Christmas.”

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Basic Operating Systems

Experts warn U.S. is coming apart at the seams

WASHINGTON — A pipeline shuts down in Alaska. Equipment failures disrupt air travel in Los Angeles. Electricity runs short at a spy agency in Maryland.
None of these recent events resulted from a natural disaster or terrorist attack, but they may as well have, some homeland security experts say. They worry that too little attention is paid to how fast the country’s basic operating systems are deteriorating.

“When I see events like these, I become concerned that we’ve lost focus on the core operational functionality of the nation’s infrastructure and are becoming a fragile nation, which is just as bad — if not worse — as being an insecure nation,” said Christian Beckner, a Washington analyst who runs the respected Web site Homeland Security Watch (www.christianbeckner.com).

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Bush Fiddles While The World Burns

Protests Intrude on Bush’s Trip to Maine

President Bush came to his parent’s century-old summer home on the Maine coast for a little relaxation, a distant cousin’s wedding and some family time. He got all that, along with a boisterous reminder nearly on his bucolic doorstep of the unpopularity of his Iraq policies.What local police estimated were about 700 anti-war demonstrators marched Saturday to within half a mile of the Bush compound before being turned back at a security checkpoint. Called Walker’s Point after the family of former President Bush’s mother, the stone-and-shingle retreat covering a craggy promontory is owned by the current president’s parents.The protesters sang, chanted, beat drums, waved signs and even played fiddles to call on Bush to bring troops home.

“Bush is fiddling while the world burns, just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned,” said Pippa Stanley, 15, of Richmond, Maine, who was helping with the backdrop for pair of fiddlers dressed in togas.

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Armitage ‘outed’ CIA’s Plame









State Department reportedly knew for years ex-Powell aide Armitage ‘outed’ CIA’s Plame

According to a soon-to-be-released book, the State Department has known for years that former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage “outed” ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to syndicated columnist Robert Novak and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post.
“Armitage’s central role as the primary source on Plame is detailed for the first time in ‘Hubris,’ which recounts the leak case and the inside battles at the CIA and White House in the run-up to the war,” reports Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, who also co-authored the book.

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VOTE FOR CHANGE


Okay, let’s kick some butt in November!! We need change in this country and we need it now! Enough is enough!

We need a Congress that will serve the people of this country and not serve themselves!

We’ve had “Snoopgate”, “Hookergate”, “Iraqgate”, “Katrinagate”, “CIA Leakgate”, and on and on….

Get out and VOTE !!

Thank you and your country will thank you! 🙂

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Army Corps Worries About Big Easy Levees



NEW ORLEANS – Despite aggressive efforts to repair the New Orleans levee system following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, it isn’t clear yet whether it could withstand a hurricane with heavy storm surge this year, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers conceded Saturday.

Lt. Gen. Carl Strock said the agency was carefully tracking Tropical Storm Ernesto, which was in the Caribbean and projected to reach hurricane strength Tuesday. It was on track to enter the Gulf of Mexico, but it too early to tell whether it would strike the southern United States.

BIG EASY LEVEES

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Jimmy Carter Disappointed With Tony Blair

Compliant and subservient: Jimmy Carter’s explosive critique of Tony Blair

Tony Blair’s lack of leadership and timid subservience to George W Bush lie behind the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the worldwide threat of terrorism, according to the former American president Jimmy Carter.

Outspoken: Jimmy Carter condemns the Iraq invasion
“I have been surprised and extremely disappointed by Tony Blair’s behaviour,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
“I think that more than any other person in the world the Prime Minister could have had a moderating influence on Washington – and he has not. I really thought that Tony Blair, who I know personally to some degree, would be a constraint on President Bush’s policies towards Iraq.”
Carter Disappointed In Blair

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