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7:10 PM ET, January 14, 2007

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Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
US diluting Iraq surge, general says  —  The military mastermind of President George W Bush's new troop "surge" strategy for Iraq has hit out at signs that the Pentagon is watering down the proposal for political reasons.  —  "You cannot try and do this piecemeal.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
We can't surrender to the doves  —  Anti-war liberals turned out to be right about Iraq, but they shouldn't necessarily be regarded as foreign policy sages.  —  I DON'T WANT to accuse American doves of rooting for the United States to lose in Iraq because I know they love their country and understand the dire consequences of defeat.
Discussion: toohotfortnr and Economist's View
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: UPI's Pentagon reporter says media is ignoring consequences of withdrawal  —  You've read the Instapost, now watch the video.  Takeaway: "[I]f as a reporter you do ask the national security question, all of a sudden you're carrying Bush's water."  —  Exit question: Is Bush about to repeat …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Sunday op-ed: "We can't surrender to the doves"
Discussion: Opinion Journal
Washington Post:
NAMES & FACES  —  It all started with a simple video rental.  Who knows where it will end?  —  Potomac Video store clerk Charles Williamson, 28, posted a message on his blog, Freelance Genius, Dec. 23 that described how he set up a movie rental account for MSNBC host Tucker Carlson at the MacArthur Boulevard store the day before.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Another Lesson In Not Crapping Where You Eat
Discussion: Bitsblog and Dr. Melissa Clouthier
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Another Blogger Fired for a Blog Post
Discussion: Adam's Blog
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chuck Hagel Smacks Lieberman: Questions his competency  —  Chuck Hagel plastered Holy Joe on Meet the Press this morning and it's about time somebody called him on his garbage.  Lieberman got on his soapbox and tried to tell us that Bush's implementation of the McCain Doctrine is our only hope …
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Ctblogger / ConnecticutBLOG:
Chuck Hagel bitchslaps Lieberman over scare comments  —  Finally someone calls out George Bush's favorite [Democrat] senator on his nonsense.  —  I almost threw a brick into my television this morning listening to the junior seantor as he puckered his lips and make Presidefnt Bush proud.
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Obama, McCain square off on war  —  Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who supports President Bush's new deployment of U.S. troops in Iraq, and Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is calling for a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, faced the first of a likely long series …
Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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Dahlia Lithwick / Washington Post:
The Imperial Presidency  —  Why is the United States poised to try Jose Padilla as a dangerous terrorist, long after it has become clear that he was just the wrong Muslim in the wrong airport on the wrong day?  —  Why is Washington still holding hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Gregory / The Belgravia Dispatch:
"SURGE" MATH  —  Fred Kagan, writing on 12/04/06: … Fred Kagan (w/ Keane) writing on 12/27/06: … Just around 3 weeks between the two articles, and Kagan goes from 80,000 (or 50,000*, see below) to 30,000 as to what's needed to secure Baghdad (as Frank Rich quips in today's NYT, "whatever")!
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Terror: 'We're Going to Get Hit'  —  Intel director john Negroponte gave Congress a sobering assessment last week of the continued threats from groups like Al Qaeda and Hizbullah.  But even gloomier comments came from Henry Crumpton, the outgoing State Department terror coordinator.
New York Times:
Picking Up the Pieces  —  It was surreal how disconnected President Bush was the other night, both from Iraq's horrifying reality and America's anguish over this unnecessary, mismanaged and now unwinnable war.  Indeed, most Americans seem far ahead of the president.
Discussion: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
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Real Cities:
Mahdi Army lowers its profile, anticipating arrival of U.S. troops  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mahdi Army militia members have stopped wearing their black uniforms, hidden their weapons and abandoned their checkpoints in an apparent effort to lower their profile in Baghdad in advance of the arrival of U.S. reinforcements.
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Times of London:
Iraqis get all-firing foretaste of Bush's final Baghdad gamble
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
The Best We Can Hope For  —  NOBODY will quibble with President Bush's line Wednesday night that in Iraq, "Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved; there will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship."  —  Of course, that calls to mind …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Contradicting Bush, Cheney Claims 'We Have In Fact Made Enormous Progress' In Iraq  —  For years, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have asserted that "absolutely, we're winning" in Iraq.  Bush put an end to such happy talk last Wednesday night, omitting suggestions that we're "winning" or making "progress," and instead stating:
Discussion: Liberty Street
Richard Baehr / Real Clear Politics:
Why Europe Abandoned Israel  —  Why is Israel viewed so differently in Europe than in the United States?  To argue as the title of this article does, that Europe has abandoned Israel, is to suggest that it was once in its corner.  And in fact, this is true.
Timothy Gardner / ABCNEWS:
Exxon Cutting Ties to Global Warming Skeptics  —  Oil Giant to Join in Talks on Greenhouse Gas Rules  —  Oil major Exxon Mobil Corp. is engaging in industry talks on possible U.S. greenhouse gas emissions regulations, a move experts said could indicate a change in stance from the long-time foe of limits on greenhouse emissions.
 
 
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