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Francis Fukuyama / New York Times:
After Neoconservatism  —  As we approach the third anniversary of the onset of the Iraq war, it seems very unlikely that history will judge either the intervention itself or the ideas animating it kindly.  By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy …
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Bin Laden Vows Never to Be Captured Alive  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden promised never to be captured alive and declared the United States had resorted to the same "barbaric" tactics used by Saddam Hussein, according to an audiotape purportedly by the al-Qaida leader that was posted Monday on a militant Web site.
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
White House Working to Avoid Wiretap Probe  —  But Some Republicans Say Bush Must Be More Open About Eavesdropping Program  —  At two key moments in recent days, White House officials contacted congressional leaders just ahead of intelligence committee meetings that could have stirred demands …
Los Angeles Times:
Advise and assent  —  THAT THE UNITED STATES Senate has a body called …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Wichita Eagle:
Discussion: War and Piece
Bush Didn't Need to Get Court Approval for Wiretaps, Frist Says
Discussion: TalkLeft and Sisyphus Shrugged
Tim Golden / New York Times:
Senior Lawyer at Pentagon Broke Ranks on Detainees  —  One of the Pentagon's top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush administration's policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Associated Press:
Navy Counsel Issued Warning On Torture  —  The Navy's general counsel warned Pentagon officials two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that circumventing international agreements on torture and detainees' treatment would invite abuse, according to a published report.
Discussion: Nitpicker and The Left Coaster
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
When fear cows the media  —  THE PHOENIX is Boston's leading ''alternative" newspaper, the kind of brash, pull-no-punches weekly that might have been expected to print without hesitation the Mohammed cartoons that Islamists have been using to incite rage and riots across the Muslim world.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Misguided And Cowardly Outrage Of The Press
Discussion: Ed
Assaf Uni / Haaretz:
France arrests gang suspected in killing of Parisian Jew  —  PARIS - The French police arrested late Thursday night most of the members of the gang that abducted, tortured and murdered Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jew from Paris.  —  Hundreds of SWAT officers raided apartments in Bagneux and arrested 12 people.
Agence France Presse:
Hugo Chavez to Condi Rice: 'Don't mess with me, girl'  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched a new verbal attack against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, bluntly warning her "don't mess with me, girl."  —  Responding to remarks before the US Congress last week in which Rice called Chavez a …
Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner on National …:
BLAIR'S BRITAIN: THE COMING DISASTER?  —  This, via, the Sunday Telegraph, is what Patrick Sookhdeo, director of Britain's Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity has to say about the way that the neocons' favorite prime minister has contributed to the disastrous manner in which Islamic opinion in the UK is developing:
Michelle Malkin:
WORLD ON FIRE: ISLAMISTS GONE WILD  —  Your weekend Cartoon Jihad photo album (click on thumbnails for full-size images; via Yahoo! News):  —  Pakistan...  India...  Indonesia...  Philippines...  Malaysia...  Libya...  Nigeria...  Next?
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
The Imperial (Vice) Presidency  —  Since Cheney doesn't have a real chance of moving up, he felt he could change the rules.  —  Feb. 27, 2006 issue - Fox News's exclusive interview with Vice President Dick Cheney was, as CNN's Jack Cafferty sniped, "like Bonnie interviewing Clyde," but Brit Hume posed some good questions.
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
At a Scientific Gathering, U.S. Policies Are Lamented  —  ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18 — David Baltimore, the Nobel Prize-winning biologist and president of the California Institute of Technology, is used to the Bush administration misrepresenting scientific findings to support its policy aims, he told an audience of fellow researchers Saturday.
Discussion: Bad Attitudes
Michelle Malkin:
TRACKING THE CARTOON JIHAD  —  Click for interactive Google map of Cartoon Jihad demonstrations, riots and deaths:  —  Via Lasting News (hat tip: John Little).  —  Previous:  —  Cartoon Jihad: The map
Discussion: Lasting News and A Blog For All

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Will Collier / Vodkapundit:
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A CASE STUDY  —  In Minnesota the Democratic Party has undertaken …
John Wilkens / San Diego Union-Tribune:
A breed apart  —  When Japanese-Americans became prisioners …
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Linton Weeks / Washington Post:
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
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