Archive for August 23rd, 2007

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:52 PM MST

This video just in from MSNBC, with my friend, Paul Rieckhoff, author of “Chasing Ghosts”.

“Chasing Ghosts” is one of those books that you can’t put down and I highly recommend it!



IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff discusses military readiness and the NY Times Op-ed featuring 7 members of the 82nd Airborne on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

IAVA Executive Director, Paul Rieckhoff

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by- Suzie-Q @ 3:15 PM MST

Sen. John Warner (R-VA), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently returned from a visit to Iraq. Today, he held a press conference to discuss his impressions from that trip.

Frustrated with the lack of political progress in Iraq, Warner said it is time to put some “meaningful teeth” into Bush’s claim that the U.S. commitment to Iraq “is not open-ended.” Warner said he is calling on President Bush to announce on Sept. 15 that he will “initiate the first step in a withdrawal”:

I say to the President, respectfully, pick whatever number you wish. You do not want to lose the momentum. But certainly, in the 160,000 plus — say 5,000 — could begin to redeploy and be home to their families and loved ones no later than Christmas of this year.

While Warner called for a timetable, he argued it was not the role of Congress to mandate it. “Let the President establish the timetable of withdrawal, not the Congress,” he said. Bush need not lay out the “totality of the timetable,” Warner argued. But he must announce at least “a single redeployment of some several thousand” soldiers.

Watch the video/More

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True Patriot Vs False Patriot

by- Mentarch … 17:22 EDT

(Updated below)

I keep asking myself: why is there so many people who not only applaud, but actually crave, each and every step taken by our governments to increase their influence over our private lives, to increase their ability to spy, monitor, survey and control us?

And why is it those same people are the most fervent war hawks and supporters of absolute Authority?


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How Did You Ever Get Us Involved In Another Quagmire?’

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:05 PM MST

‘Well, if you’ve learned so much from history, Mr. President, how did you ever get us involved in another quagmire?’

In his speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Wednesday, President Bush surprised many people by invoking the example of Vietnam in arguing against a withdrawal from Iraq. CNN invited David Gergen, who served as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton, to comment on that aspect of Bush’s speech.

“He may well have stirred up a hornet’s nest among historians,” Gergen stated. “By invoking Vietnam, he raised the automatic question, ‘Well, if you’ve learned so much from history, Mr. President, how did you ever get us involved in another quagmire?’ … It’s surprising to me that he would go back to that, and I think he’s going to get a lot of criticism.”

“This is not a man who’s talking about compromise,” Gergen emphasized “This is not a man who’s talking about a Plan B. … This a man saying, ‘I’m hanging tough.'”


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by- Suzie-Q @ 1:08 PM MST

from “Les Enrages“.


ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man

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by- Suzie-Q @ 11:05 AM MST

Today, the Bush administration released an update to the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), entitled, “Prospects for Iraq’s Stability: Some Security Progress but Political Reconciliation Elusive.” The NIE — which offers the coordinated judgments of the Intelligence Community — observed some “measurable but uneven improvements” in Iraq’s security situation, but cautioned that there remains a lack of political progress in Iraq and a failure of the escalation to successfully provide sufficient security for Iraqis.

Read the key judgments of the NIE here. Below, some important findings:

Decrease in Baghdad violence due to sectarian cleansing:

The polarization of communities is most evident in Baghdad, where the Shia are a clear majority in more than half of all neighborhoods and Sunni areas have become surrounded by predominately Shia districts. Where population displacements have led to significant sectarian separation, conflict levels have diminished to some extent because warring communities find it more difficult to penetrate communal enclaves.

Violence to remain high over next six to 12 months:

[L]evels of insurgent and sectarian violence will remain high [over next six to 12 months] and the Iraqi Government will continue to struggle to achieve national-level political reconciliation and improved governance.


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by- Suzie-Q @ 8:58 AM MST

Via The Raw Story:

As if it wasn’t bad enough for the Bush Administration already, contempt charges are flying in Montana.The Administration’s top forestry official has been ordered to explain why the US Forest Service failed to analyze the environmental impact of dropping a fish-killing flame retardant on wildfires — or face contempt of court.

Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey would then face jail unless the Forest Service assented to a court order enjoining the environmental review.

“Noting that Rey had blocked implementation of an earlier review, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Malloy ordered Rey to appear in his court Oct. 15 unless the Forest Service completes the analysis before that time,” Associated Press reporter Jeff Barnard wrote.

Forest Service spokesman Joe Walsh told AP the agency was working on the analysis, but couldn’t say if the Secretary would meet the deadline; Rey did not respond to requests for comment. Read more…


Queen- Another One Bites The Dust

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