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11:40 PM ET, April 16, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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
tiadaily.com:
Time to Fight the Real War
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.
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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
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
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
Michael Hiltzik / Golden State:   The Incredible Shrinking Hugh Hewitt
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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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Another radioactive environmentalist
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PORTRAIT OF A MOONBAT  —  Via the Washington Post …
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White voters are deserting us for BNP, says Blair ally
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