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12:00 PM ET, April 16, 2006

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New York Times:
Bombs That Would Backfire  —  WHITE HOUSE spokesmen have played down press reports that the Pentagon has accelerated planning to bomb Iran.  We would like to believe that the administration is not intent on starting another war, because a conflict with Iran could be even more damaging …
Discussion: PoliBlog and TigerHawk
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Billmon:
This is Not a Drill  —  According to a couple of guys who know a thing or two about drills: … The problem, which I'm sure Clarke and Simon fully understand, is that there isn't going to be a congressional resolution this time - in fact I'd be very surprised if the administration gives …
William M. Arkin / Washington Post:
The Pentagon Preps for Iran  —  Does the United States have a war plan for stopping Iran in its pursuit of nuclear weapons?  —  Last week, President Bush dismissed news reports that his administration has been working on contingency plans for war — particularly talk of the possibility …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Policy on Iran nukes seems to be off-target  —  Happy Easter.  Happy Passover.  But, if you're like the president of Iran and believe in the coming of the "Twelfth Imam," your happy holiday may be just around the corner, too.  President Ahmadinejad, who is said to consider himself …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and In the Bullpen
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Jerusalem Post:
Report: Iran has readied suicide 'army'
Discussion: Power Line and Gateway Pundit
Mimus Pauly / MOCKINGBIRD'S MEDLEY:
BREAKING RANKS...  Via AlterNet, Stephen Pizzo writes about the U.S. Generals now speaking out against Donald Rumsfeld and why this is so surprising: … As a Gen Xer (b. 1970), I never had to worry about the draft.  Nor have I ever served in the military.
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Richard Holbrooke / Washington Post:
Behind the Military Revolt
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
All Burkle, All the Time!  —  Revenge is bloggy at Gawker.  —  All Burkle, All the Time: Meow!  The decision to let slimebag Jared Paul Stern guest-edit gawker.com over this weekend initially seemed a cheap attention-getting move by an ambitious Brit blog owner gravely ignorant of American libel law.
Discussion: The American Thinker
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Keeping Al-Qaeda in His Grip  —  Al-Zawahiri Presses Ideology, Deepens Rifts Among Islamic Radicals  —  CAIRO — In January 2003, one of the two most wanted men in the world couldn't contain his frustration.  From a hiding place probably somewhere in South Asia, he tapped out two lengthy e-mails …
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Aqeel Hussein / Telegraph:
Iraqi Sunni leader turns his guns on foreign insurgents  —  He looks every inch the face of the Iraqi resistance: a tribal leader from the Sunni badlands west of Baghdad, who once served in Saddam Hussein's feared intelligence network.  —  But Sheikh Osama Jadaan's dislike of foreign occupation …
Discussion: USS Neverdock and In the Bullpen
Dianne Feinstein / Los Angeles Times:
Confronting Iran  —  Will we learn from our mistakes and apply tough diplomacy — or rely once again on the failed doctrine of preemption?  —  TEHRAN THIS WEEK claimed that it had enriched uranium, a first step toward nuclear weapons capability.  The question now is whether the Bush administration …
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Guardian:
Britain took part in mock Iran invasion
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Times of London:
Iran suicide bombers 'ready to hit Britain'
Brian Brady / Scotsman:
Blair refuses to back Iran strike  —  TONY Blair has told George Bush that Britain cannot offer military support to any strike on Iran, regardless of whether the move wins the backing of the international community, government sources claimed yesterday.  —  Amid increasing tension …
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Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
Britons Feeling 'Tired of Tony'
Discussion: The Reaction and Booman Tribune
Shakespeare's Sister / Ezra Klein:
Angry for a Reason  —  Shakes here...  My Left Wing's Maryscott O'Connor is profiled today on the front page of the WaPo in an article called The Left, Online and Outraged.  The entire piece made me squirm, not because it was so determinedly (and exclusively) focused on the anger of the lefty blogosphere …
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Hobbs Controversy: Good Journalism, Or Political Hit Piece?  —  Conservative blogger Bill Hobbs resigned his position with Belmont University after John Spragens wrote critically of an admittedly controversial post of Hobbs.  That post included a stick figure and the text Mohammed Blows.
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New York Times:
A Bad Leak  —  President Bush says he declassified portions of the prewar intelligence assessment on Iraq because he "wanted people to see the truth" about Iraq's weapons programs and to understand why he kept accusing Saddam Hussein of stockpiling weapons that turned out not to exist.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
US plots 'new liberation of Baghdad'  —  THE American military is planning a "second liberation of Baghdad" to be carried out with the Iraqi army when a new government is installed.  —  Pacifying the lawless capital is regarded as essential to establishing the authority of the incoming government …
Melissa Kite / Telegraph:
White voters are deserting us for BNP, says Blair ally  —  White working-class families feel so neglected by the Government and angered by immigration that they are deserting Labour and flocking to the British National Party, a minister admitted yesterday.  —  In a sensational claim …
Discussion: EU Referendum
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The GOP's Betrayal On Speech  —  If in November Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives, April 5 should be remembered as the day they demonstrated that they earned defeat.  Traducing the Constitution and disgracing conservatism, they used their power for their only remaining purpose — to cling to power.
Discussion: Hit and Run
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
U.S. Plan For Flu Pandemic Revealed  —  Multi-Agency Proposal Awaits Bush's Approval  —  President Bush is expected to approve soon a national pandemic influenza response plan that identifies more than 300 specific tasks for federal agencies, including determining which frontline workers …
 
 
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