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1:00 AM ET, April 17, 2006

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By Jim Rutenberg / Donald Rumsfeld News:
General Defends Army Chief Who Spoke Out  —  WASHINGTON, April 16 — Gen. Richard B. Myers, who retired six months ago as the nation's top military officer, said today that senior administration officials had been wrong to publicly criticize the former Army chief just before the invasion …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Daily Kos
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Donald Rumsfeld News:
Pentagon Memo Aims to Counter Rumsfeld Critics  —  WASHINGTON, April 15 — The Defense Department has issued a memorandum to a group of former military commanders and civilian analysts that offers a direct challenge to the criticisms made by retired generals about Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
By Michael DeLong / Donald Rumsfeld News:
OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; A General Misunderstanding  —  AS the No. 2 general at United States Central Command from the Sept. 11 attacks through the Iraq war, I was the daily "answer man" to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.  I briefed him twice a day; few people had as much interaction with him as I did during those two years.
Associated Press:
Myers: Rumsfeld didn't intimidate military  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not intimidate members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during planning of the Iraq war as some retired generals have charged, a former chairman said Sunday.  —  With Rumsfeld described …
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:
Inversion  —  I haven't had much to say about the retired generals attacking the SecDef, mostly because it's popped just as things have hit the fan around here, but I did notice that the Times was to be commended for a front page article that focused on an angle of the story that was being …
Docweasel / New England Republican:
The Pretty American  —  or, how to avoid an international incident for less than $20,000US a day!  —  Americans tourists have pretty much always been regarded as "ugly" in the sense that we have the temerity to be wealthy enough to afford vacations to foreign countries …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
'Speak softly, don't argue and slow down'  —  Loud and brash, in gawdy garb and baseball caps, more than three million of them flock to our shores every year.  Shuffling between tourist sites or preparing to negotiate a business deal, they bemoan the failings of the world outside the United States.
Amir Taheri / Telegraph:
The frightening truth of why Iran wants a bomb  —  Last Monday, just before he announced that Iran had gatecrashed "the nuclear club", President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disappeared for several hours.  He was having a khalvat (tête-à-tête) with the Hidden Imam …
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Guardian:
Britain took part in mock Iran invasion
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Iran has readied suicide 'army'
Discussion: Power Line
Mark Kleiman / The Reality-Based Community:
Another radioactive environmentalist  —  In one of the early Democratic Presidential debates of 1992, when the late Paul Tsongas — then a Senator from Massachusetts with an impeccable environmental record — dared to express the opinion that nuclear power was preferable to coal on environmental grounds …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Are We There Yet?  —  Following up on my post from Friday highlighting Colonel Sam Gardiner's statement on CNN that the US already has troops in iran, I see (via robelicit at kos) that Dennis Kucinich has sent a letter to the president asking if such reports are true.  He says:
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and James Wolcott
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William M. Arkin / Washington Post:
The Pentagon Preps for Iran
Crooks and Liars:
Aravosis vs Goldberg  —  Aravosis vs Goldberg  —  John Aravosis debated Jonah Goldberg on "Reliable Sources," today about Iran, the Biolabs and the Presidential leaker in chief..  —  I had never seen Goldberg before so it was interesting indeed.  —  (transcript from CNN)
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Expose the Left
Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
Hiltzik of the LA Times - Unethical Or Just Ignorant?  —  I've had fun reading Michael Hiltzik in the past, mostly because he's an interesting case of a major newspaper trying on the blog form.  He manages, I think to combine the worst of both - the overweening arrogance of the MSM and the casual …
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Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Hiltzik Mocks Hewitt's Site Meter
TigerHawk:
More enemies of the enemy  —  Regular readers should feel free to tune out.  Yes, it's time to remind people that Arabs and other Muslims are essential to victory over the jihad.  —  Since we can't sort the jihadis from the innocents even when we can reach across jurisdictional lines, we need Arabs and Muslims to do it.
Crooks and Liars:
Joe Klein: Nukes should be on the table  —  Joe Klein: "Nukes should be on the table"  —  Joe Klein started off today on "THIS WEEK," sounding fairly reasonable in the discussion about Iran and then veered off into neocon, kool-aid drinking lunacy.  George Stephanopoulos was even caught off guard by Klein's statements.
Texas Rainmaker:
It's Republicans' Game to Lose  —  I'm no big fan of polls, but as I've been browsing through some polls relating to some top issues, I've noticed an interesting trend.  It seems that based on the following numbers, if Republicans fell back on their true, conservative values, there shouldn't be any worry of losing in the Fall.
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Below the fold  —  Three very interesting reports from the Middle East.  The first, from the Jerusalem Post describes an Israeli proposal to swap Jonathan Pollard for .... Marwan Barghouti. … The second report is even more interesting, and also from the Jersualem Post.
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Mike Snyder / Houston Chronicle:
FEMA deemed these homes habitable  —  Labeling Katrina homes as livable makes owners ineligible for more aid, but officials here call structures unfit  —  A New Orleans house flattened but for a concrete staircase on a crumbling facade was among many storm-ravaged structures …
Discussion: Alternate Brain and TPRS
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Ah, It Was A Bad Leak  —  The NY Times responds to last week's controversial WaPo editorial titled "A Good Leak" with their own "A Bad Leak".  [And we see that the WaPo ombudsman tackles this as well.]  The topic is the news that Bush chose to declassify a portion of the NIE so that Libby …
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Redefining Property Values  —  By Design, Status Seekers and Tree-Huggers Don't Have to Commune  —  The survey went to thousands of people who'd called a number on highway billboards announcing that Ladera Ranch, a new planned community in Orange County, Calif., was coming soon.
Discussion: Althouse and Brendan Nyhan
Fawaz Turki / Washington Post:
How to Lose Your Job at a Saudi Newspaper  —  I was unceremoniously fired this month by my Saudi newspaper, a leading English-language daily called Arab News.  —  It didn't matter that I had been the senior columnist on the op-ed page for nine years or that my work was quoted widely …
Discussion: Crossroads Arabia and Rantingprofs
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Battle for Baghdad II, The Three Block War & Iraq Ops  —  The London Times reports plans are in the works for "the second liberation of Baghdad" after the new government forms; operational developments in Iraq  —  The political process remains a major front in the war in Iraq …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
 
 
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