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UPDATE: The troops get it.

Helping the Men and Women in Iraq

Here’s a great idea via The Liquid List:

It turns out that soldiers are writing to their families from Iraq asking for toothpaste, shampoo, and other basic needs that the military makes them buy. Yes, makes them buy. Why, you may ask, isn’t the military providing this stuff for free? That’s a damn good question, […]

Is there really an “insurgency”?

This has been bothering me for a while. It seems the term(s) of the moment in Iraq is we’re fighting “insurgents” or an “insurgency.” According to the American Heritage dictionary, the definition of insurgent is: (1) Rising in revolt against established authority, especially a government; and, (2) Rebelling against the leadership of a political party. […]

Odds and Ends – Iraq edition

Check out Thomas Powers’ excellent article, The Vanishing Case For War in the New York Review of Books. Something that struck me on Thanksgiving. Will Dubya’s trip to Baghdad be viewed as a daring gesture by the C-in-C to the troops, an expensive political ploy to bolster his poll numbers (especially since Hillary Clinton […]

No WMD raises additional concerns

There’s little doubt the Bushies hyped the weapons of mass destruction. Now the Kay Report likely will show it was all smoke and mirrors. I agree with the StarTribune that we can’t let them “weasel out of this one.” It’s just part of their pattern.

It also shows a drastic intelligence failure or shortcoming. As […]