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Text of Reed-Levin Amendment

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:45 PM MST

Here’s the text of the Reed-Levin amendment (to the Department of Defense Authorization Bill) that will come to the Senate floor for a cloture vote tomorrow and, if the Republicans block it from a vote, cause the Senate to stay in all-night session on Tuesday.

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SEC. 1535. REDUCTION AND TRANSITION OF UNITED STATES FORCES IN IRAQ.

(a) Deadline for Commencement of Reduction.–The Secretary of Defense shall commence the reduction of the number of United States forces in Iraq not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b) Implementation of Reduction as Part of Comprehensive Strategy.–The reduction of forces required by this section shall be implemented as part of a comprehensive diplomatic, political, and economic strategy that includes sustained engagement with Iraq’s neighbors and the international community for the purpose of working collectively to bring stability to Iraq. As part of this effort, the President shall direct the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States at the United Nations to seek the appointment of an international mediator in Iraq, under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council, who has the authority of the international community to engage political, religious, ethnic, and tribal leaders in Iraq in an inclusive political process.

(c) Limited Presence After Reduction and Transition.–After the conclusion of the reduction and transition of United States forces to a limited presence as required by this section, the Secretary of Defense may deploy or maintain members of the Armed Forces in Iraq only for the following missions:

(1) Protecting United States and Coalition personnel and infrastructure.

(2) Training, equipping, and providing logistic support to the Iraqi Security Forces.

(3) Engaging in targeted counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda, al Qaeda affiliated groups, and other international terrorist organizations.

(d) Completion of Transition.–The Secretary of Defense shall complete the transition of United States forces to a limited presence and missions as described in subsection (c) by April 30, 2008.

Bob Geiger

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Bill Kristol: On the Train to Delusionville

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:31 PM MST

Posted July 16, 2007 | 12:45 PM (EST)
Arianna Huffington

I know it’s a pretty high bar, but Bill Kristol, the founder of the Project for a New American Century that spawned the Iraq war, the man whose editorials often seem to be inserted directly into the president’s speeches, and who once boasted that “Dick Cheney does send over someone to pick up 30 copies of [The Weekly Standard] every Monday,” has now just written the single most deceptive piece of the entire war.

The charitable view is that he’s lost his mind. The less charitable view is that he’s now officially surpassed Dick Cheney as the most intellectually dishonest member of the neocon establishment (the highest of all high bars). The truth-shattering piece appeared yesterday on the front page of the Washington Post Outlook section. It is entitled “Why Bush Will Be A Winner.”

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by GEF @ 8:40 PM EDT


Disgraced Senator Caught In DC Madam Scandal Speaks Out – Plays The Victim Card And Refuses To Resign

Tucker-Vitter-Presser Moments ago, Republican Senator David Vitter held his first press conference since his admission that he cheated on his wife by using an escort service in Washington D.C.. Vitter claims he is the victim of his political enemies and just like all good, hypocritical Republicans these days, he’s not going to the right thing. Instead of resigning the disgraced Senator, who called for President Clinton to resign in 1998 because of an extramarital affair, is going to fly back to Washington D.C. and act like nothing happened. He also disputed claims that he visited a brothel in New Orleans, saying the reports were “not true.”

His wife, Wendy Vitter also spoke, saying she has forgiven him and that their marriage fine. I don’t have a problem with that, but as I wrote in a past post, Senator Vitter doesn’t work for his wife, he works for the people of Louisiana and all Americans in the U.S. Senate. The D.C. Madam, Debra Jean Palfry has called for Vitter to be prosecuted and I think at the very least Senate leadership needs to take a look at Vitter’s actions.

C&L has the Video–>

It’s an all you can eat Corruption Banquet! Feast Good Justice Peeps! 😉

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The Shape Of Things To Come

by Mentarch … 19:46 EDT

(Updated below)

Plus ça change, plus c’est pareil. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

We all know this old (french) saying. But what does it really mean?

Surely this axiom does not fit with reality, considering all the changes that have occurred throughout Humanity’s history – whether political, economic, democratic, societal, scientific and technological. Indeed, many are the examples of progress achieved in a sustainable fashion.

Yet, there has been as well examples of reversal of progress – but such have been proven to be transient in nature, Humanity invariably striving to restore progress previously achieved (and for a time relegated on a back-burner) and thereafter continue forth in its biological drive to improve its condition of life.

But what happens when a “need” becomes not only counter-productive to progress, but furthermore becomes an agent for stagnation and, inevitably, deterioration?

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IMPEACHMENT IS THE CURE

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:25 PM MST

By: Scarecrow @Firedoglake

The Bush/Cheney White House is now in open defiance of Congress, the wishes of the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law, and every week its actions are becoming more arrogant, lawless and monarchical. They are essentially daring Congress to confront them, because they believe Congress has neither the spine nor the institutional strength to stop this lawless regime. It is time to prove them wrong.

Last Friday, Bill Moyer’s Journal provided a forum for two responsible citizens — one a liberal, the other a conservative, both patriots who care deeply about their country — to explain as eloquently as can be said what needs to be done. You can watch the full program here; below the fold are excepts from the transcript, just a small part of what Bruce Fein and John Nichols said. Every American should watch or read the full program.

There is no more important issue in America today than impeachment, not even Iraq, because any wise resolution of the Iraq occupation, as well as every other public policy issue, requires a White House that is willing to work with Congress as a co-equal branch, that has the confidence of the American people, and that can function within the boundaries of the Constitution and the rule of law. Failing on all three counts, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have brought us to this point by defying the law, the Congress, and the American people, thus gravely undermining the Constitution. The Founders provided a remedy for exactly this kind of dangerous, monarchical behavior. It is time for Congress to apply the cure, and for the nation’s media to demand that it do so.

Congress has telephone numbers:
1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

More @ Firedoglake

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by- Suzie-Q @ 2:00 PM MST

Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that if the GOP continues their obstruction of the Reed-Levin amendment mandating withdrawal, he’ll hold the Senate in session through the night on Tuesday.

That would force Republicans to filibuster the Iraq measure in person, right on the Senate floor.

From Reid’s speech:

It would be one thing for Republicans to vote against this bill. If they honestly believe that “stay the course” is the right strategy — they have the right to vote “no.”

But now, Republicans are using a filibuster to block us from even voting on an amendment that could bring the war to a responsible end.

They are protecting the President rather than protecting our troops.

They are denying us an up or down — yes or no — vote on the most important issue our country faces.

I would like to inform the Republican leadership and all my colleagues that we have no intention of backing down.

If Republicans do not allow a vote on Levin/Reed today or tomorrow, we will work straight through the night on Tuesday.

The American people deserve an open and honest debate on this war, and they deserve an up or down vote on this amendment to end it.

That should make for some good TV.

As Think Progress notes, this comes after a series of liberal bloggers called for the Dems to force the GOP to filibuster their Iraq measures.

Update: Bob Geiger explains the procedural ins and outs of Reid’s move.

Raw Story/TPM Cafe

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Afternoon Jukebox… Suzie-Q

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:10 PM MST

My friend, Highwayman, paid a tribute to me on his Uber Highwayman blog with this video. I wanted to share it with all of you!

Thank you Highwayman! You’re the best and you made my day! 😉


Creedence Clearwater Revival – Suzie Q

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by Geezer Power …12:37 PM PDT


Senate Passes Lieberman Amendment on Iran 97-0, War Draws a Bit Nearer

According to the Washington Bureau Chief, the Senate has passed the “Lieberman Amendment” on Senate Bill 1547: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. With a final vote of 97-0, the bill is passed and the possibility of another war has just inched forward.

WASHINGTON – The Senate Wednesday put aside a growing schism over the conduct of the Iraq war and rallied around a strongly-worded warning to Iran authored by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.

Holy Joe has been busy drumming up his case that Iran has been supplying explosives for car bombs in Iraq, while ignoring where the suicide bombers are coming from and
the evidence that he uses is questionable.

Sunni extremists from Saudi Arabia make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq, many suicide bombers, a U.S. official says

Saudis’ role in Iraq insurgency outlined

Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul are the only two in the U.S. House of Representatives who voted against the horrible war propaganda resolution, H CON RES 21.

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America’s on fast track to Civil War!

by GEF @ 3:22 PM EDT

A Simple “Warning” for Bush and Cheney

by Timothy V. Gatto

I’m getting mixed messages on Iran. I know we now have three carrier strike forces off the coast of Iran, but that isn’t anything new. One leaves, its two, another comes in, it’s three again. I know in his heart of hearts (or what substitutes a heart in a man that really doesn’t have one). Bush wants to strike Iran. Once that happens, it won’t be like when he invaded Iraq, this country won’t put up with it, it will mean mass demonstrations and fighting in the streets. People will get killed and not everyone getting killed will be in Iran. There will be rivers of blood right here in this country. Mark my words.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Michael Roston
Published: Monday July 16, 2007

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced Monday morning that it has invited former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other ex-Bush military officials to testify on the friendly fire death of former professional football player and Army Corporal Pat Tillman.

“On Wednesday, August 1, 2007…the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing entitled ‘The Tillman Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew,'” stated a press release from the Committee of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). “The hearing will examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman’s death by fratricide.”

In addition to Rumsfeld, the Committee has invited General Richard Myers (Ret.), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Central Command head Gen. John Abizaid (Ret.), and three officers from the US Special Operations Command.

Last Friday, Waxman announced that the White House was asserting executive privilege on its internal communications over Tillman’s death.

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