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2:05 PM ET, March 1, 2006

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Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
At War With Ourselves  —  We're winning in Iraq.  Let's not lose at home.  —  Last week the golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra was blown apart.  Sectarian riots followed, and reprisals and deaths ensued.  Thugs and criminals came out of the woodwork to foment further violence.
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
NO WAR IN THE STREETS  —  March 1, 2006 — THE reporting out of Baghdad continues to be hysterical and dishonest.  There is no civil war in the streets.  None.  Period.  —  Terrorism, yes.  Civil war, no. Clear enough?  —  Yesterday, I crisscrossed Baghdad, visiting communities …
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:   Up close, Iraq gets blurry
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
THE SEWERS OF BABYLON  —  OUR Humvees splashed through troughs …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Shiites Told: Leave Home Or Be Killed  —  Sunnis Force Evictions As Iraq Tensions Grow  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 — Salim Rashid, 34, a Shiite laborer in an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab village 20 miles north of Baghdad, received his eviction notice Friday from a man at the door with a rocket launcher.
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Reuters:
Bush makes surprise Afghanistan visit  —  KABUL (Reuters) - President George W. Bush began his first visit to South Asia on Wednesday with a surprise stop over in Afghanistan, where thousands of American troops are still engaged in hunting down the architects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Washington Post:
Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  NEW DELHI, March 1 — President Bush made a previously unannounced visit to Kabul Wednesday to rally U.S. troops in Afghanistan and praise embattled Afghan leader Hamid Karzai at a time of rising violence from the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists.
Nirmala George / Associated Press:   Thousands of Indians Protest Bush Visit
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President Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
The Brussels Journal:
Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point  —  Today twelve international authors, most of them (former) Muslims, such as Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but also a couple of "French philosophers," published a manifesto in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
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Jay / Stop The ACLU:
A Manifesto Against Islamism
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
GOP Unease Spreads to Security Issues  —  Port Deal Among Challenges to What Has Been Bush's Strength  —  The first heading on the issues page of Rep. Mark Foley's Web site brags that he is "one of President Bush's strongest supporters in Congress."  The Florida Republican voted …
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Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Recent White House missteps create rift with GOP legislators
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?? and The RCP Blog
Michelle Malkin:
WE ARE ALL BIGOTS NOW  —  Last week, I wrote "They are all profilers now"—mocking Democrats for their expedient embrace of profiling to exploit the ports fiasco.  This week, I'm sick of conservatives playing the race card to attack skeptics of the ports deal.  From my syndicated column today:
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Tony Blankley / Townhall.com:
Islamistphobia-phobia  —  In the last few days, several free market …
Discussion: Freedom's Zone
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The End of Fukuyama  —  Why his latest pronouncements miss the mark.  —  I have a feeling that last week was a disappointing one for Francis Fukuyama, whose essay "After Neoconservatism" (adapted from his upcoming book America at the Crossroads) was awarded seven pages in the Feb. 19 New York Times Magazine.
Knight Ridder:
Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war …
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
al-Qaeda's Foreign Fighters in Iraq  —  The pros & cons of al-Qaeda funneling both novice and experienced jihadis into Iraq  —  In the wake of the destruction of the dome of the Golden Mosque and the ensuing unrest, al-Qaeda in Iraq is hard at work with a suicide bombing campaign designed to increase the sectarian divide within Iraq.
Jason / Generation Why?:
Democrats Get Paralysis of Analysis  —  Much is being made about the Zogby poll released today that allegedly shows a mutiny of the military in Iraq.  Nicholas Kristof has a hard time containing his excitement in The New York Times: … Editor & Publisher then jumps on the bandwagon …
ABCNEWS:
Bush Not Worried About Low Approval Ratings  —  President Says He's Using 'Ample Capital' to 'Spread Freedom' In an Exclusive, Wide-Ranging Interview  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2006 — In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas, President Bush offered his views on a range of topics …
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Veterans Report Mental Distress  —  About a Third Returning From Iraq Seek Help  —  More than one in three soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq later sought help for mental health problems, according to a comprehensive snapshot by Army experts of the psyches of men and women returning …
Rebecca Morelle / BBC:
Giant squid grabs London audience  —  One of the biggest and most complete giant squids ever found is on display at London's Natural History Museum.  —  Measuring a monstrous 8.62m (28ft), the animal was caught off the coast of the Falkland Islands by a trawler.
Discussion: Pharyngula, Magpie, Majikthise and archy
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Former Conyers aides press ethics complaints  —  Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have alleged that he repeatedly violated House ethics rules.  —  Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff in Conyers's Detroit office, and Sydney Rooks, a former legal counsel in the district office …
Peter Savodnik / The Hill:
House Republicans could see 10 to 15 more retirements  —  House Republicans have limited most of their retirements to conservatives in solidly red districts and a handful of statewide-office seekers, but political analysts say 10 to 15 more Republicans could announce in the coming months that they are stepping down.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Vermont Campaign Limits Get Cool Reception at Court  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — The Supreme Court displayed little appetite on Tuesday for making basic changes in its approach to campaign finance law, under which the government may place limits on political contributions but not on a candidate's spending.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Gina Cobb
 
 
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