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6:05 PM ET, August 23, 2007

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New York Times:
Report Cites Grave Concerns on Iraq's Government  —  The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will become "more precarious" over the next six months to a year, and while its security forces have improved they are not strong enough to operate without outside help …
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Satyam / Think Progress:
NIE: Violence To 'Remain High' In Iraq Over Next 'Six To Twelve Months'  —  Today, the Bush administration released an update to the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), entitled, "Prospects for Iraq's Stability: Some Security Progress but Political Reconciliation Elusive."
Associated Press:   Report Will Be Critical of Iraq Leader
Rich Lowry / The Corner:   Here Are the Key Judgments of the NIE (Sorry for the Long Post)
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
No More Vietnams (or Cambodias)  —  In his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday, President Bush reminded us of the agony and genocide that followed the American retreat in Vietnam: … These words summon to mind a powerful passage from the third volume of Henry Kissinger's memoirs …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Maha / The Mahablog:
The Power of (Right Wing) Myth
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Historians Question Bush's Reading of Lessons of Vietnam War for Iraq
CNN:
Sen. Warner: Start bringing troops home by Christmas  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — One of the Senate's top Republicans has called on President Bush to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq by Christmas, telling reporters Thursday that a pullout was needed to spur Iraqi leaders to action.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Sen. Warner Calls On President Bush To Begin Iraq Withdrawal In September  —  Sen. John Warner (R-VA), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently returned from a visit to Iraq.  Today, he held a press conference to discuss his impressions from that trip.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John Edwards for President:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: "To Build One America, End the Game"  —  Hanover, New Hampshire  —  August 23, 2007  —  This election is unlike any we have faced before.  The stakes are higher.  And the challenges we face as a nation are greater than at any time in memory.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
NYC Muslim Calls Korean Hostages "Terrorists", Smiles at thought of Daniel Pearl Style Beheading  —  American Muslim convert and New York City native Yousef al-Khattab outdoes himself and compares the Korean hostages to "terrorists" and suggests that because they are guilty of the "crime" …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Romney Struggles to Define Abortion Stance  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said this week that as president he would allow individual states to keep abortion legal, two weeks after telling a national television audience that he supports a constitutional amendment to ban the procedure nationwide.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining  —  The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal.  The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Two General Election Maps  —  Taking the most recent poll from each state in the country from sources like Polling Report, Rasmussen and Survey USA, I have been able to piece together maps showing the state by state general election between both Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, and also between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney.
Matt / Think Progress:
Vitter Needs Only 10 Hours In Iraq To Declare 'The Surge Is Working Very, Very Well'  —  Yesterday, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) returned from a brief trip to Iraq, proclaiming that they saw "clear success" on the ground.  But their definitive claims of witnessing success …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
What September Won't Settle  —  Come September, America might slip closer toward a Weimar moment.  It would be milder than the original but significantly disagreeable.  —  After the First World War, politics in Germany's new Weimar Republic were poisoned by the belief that the army …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Weimar President  —  His speech yesterday actually managed to shock.  You might think that, in wartime, a president would acknowledge what no one denies is a terribly grim decision in front of us - whether to pursue a clearly unwinnable war in order to govern a clearly ungovernable country …
Associated Press:
Atlanta considers banning baggy pants  —  ATLANTA - Baggy pants that show boxer shorts or thongs would be illegal under a proposed amendment to Atlanta's indecency laws.  —  The amendment, sponsored by city councilman C.T. Martin, states that sagging pants are an "epidemic" that is becoming a "major concern" around the country.
Juan Cole:
Military Coup Planned for Iraq?  —  A rumor is circulating among well-connected and formerly high-level Iraqi bureaucrats in exile in places like Damascus that a military coup is being prepared for Iraq.  I received the following from a reliable, knowledgeable contact.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and War and Piece
Pajamas Media:
MANO A MANO: SPENCER V DERBYSHIRE  —  When Robert Spencer read John Derbyshire's "marvelously written and delightful to read" but "full of inconsistencies" review of his book, Religion of Peace?  —Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't, he promised Pajamas Media a response.  He has delivered.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
 
 
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