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6:40 AM ET, September 4, 2007


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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Envoy's Letters Counter Bush on Plan for Iraq  —  A previously undisclosed exchange of letters shows that President Bush was told in advance by his top Iraq envoy in May 2003 of a plan to "dissolve Saddam's military and intelligence structures," a plan that the envoy, L. Paul Bremer, said referred to dismantling the Iraqi Army.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush's hope for successor: 'stay longer' in Iraq.
Discussion: Eschaton
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Bush book walks line of accuracy, sympathy
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:   Bush in new book: 'I do a lot of crying in this job'
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Bush can't recall why Iraqi army disbanded
Discussion: D-Day and Truthdig
Financial Times:
Chinese military hacked into Pentagon  —  By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Richard McGregor in Beijing  —  The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American ­officials.
National Review Online:
Kagan: The Gettysburg of This War  —  Anbar is, indeed, a unique province in Iraq.  Its population is almost entirely Sunni, and tribal structures remain unusually strong in a country where they have generally been weakened by years of secular, totalitarian rule.
Rob / Say Anything:
Your Moment Of Schadenfreude For Today: Bush-Mocking Journalist Piers Morgan Gets His  —  He delighted in mocking the President for falling off his Segway, even going so far as to ask Bush if he felt "only an idiot" could fall off one, but when he tries it himself...  "Only an idiot," indeed.
James Tapper / Daily Mail:
Ouch!  The moment Piers Morgan broke three ribs falling off the Segway he said was 'idiot-proof'  —  If he didn't believe in karma before, Piers Morgan must surely do now.  —  The ex-newspaper editor, now a columnist for The Mail on Sunday's Live magazine, took great delight in making fun …
Discussion: Power Line and JammieWearingFool
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Weighing the 'Surge'  —  The U.S. War in Iraq Hinges on the Counterinsurgency Strategy Of Gen. Petraeus.  The Results Have Been Tenuous.  —  BAGHDAD — Nearly every week, American generals and politicians visit Combat Outpost Gator, nestled behind a towering blast wall in the Dora market.
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DORA MARKET....Sudarsan Raghavan produces a devastating story about the surge in the Washington Post today.  The setting for his piece is one of the showcase neighborhoods that the military routinely shuttles its visitors through, and for the first time (that I've seen, anyway) …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Union Endorsement Scorecard  —  Pursuant to Labor Day, and with the steelworkers and miners endorsing Edwards, here is the updated union endorsement scorecard:  — Edwards: United Steel Workers, United Mine Workers of America, International Brotherhood of Carpenters.  2.3 million combined members.
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland
Andrew Pierce / Telegraph:
David Cameron 'is trashing Thatcher legacy'  —  A Tory grandee will unveil an alternative manifesto today to recapture the "soul" of the Conservative Party in a move that threatens to undermine David Cameron's leadership.  —  Michael Ancram, a former deputy leader of the party …
Discussion: Iain Dale's Diary
Theodore Dalrymple / The Social Affairs Unit:
The Unintended Consequences of Foreign Aid: Theodore Dalrymple explains how Western policies have poisoned the water supplies of 70 million in Bangladesh  —  Well-intentioned policies can have disastrous outcomes.  Theodore Dalrymple explains how philanthropic Western policies have poisoned …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
In the Age of Terror, Isn't Busting Toe-Tappers an Insane Use of Our Law Enforcement Resources?  —  In the consensus judgment of America's 16 intelligence agencies, the terrorist threat to our homeland is "persistent and evolving," placing our country in "a heightened threat environment."
My maths skills show we're safe, says Iranian leader  —  PRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sought to justify his confidence the US will not attack Iran, saying the proof comes from his mathematical skills as an engineer and faith in God, the press reported today.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and The American Pundit
The Corner:
Cruising  —  A few liberal readers have taken offense to my suggestion that the "left" doesn't object to anonymous cruising for gay sex in public places.  I wrote: "Since most on the Left think Craig's alleged sexual liaisons are perfectly benign, they shouldn't object."
Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
Blogging from APSA: The New Originalism  —  I am back in Washington, DC, where I'm visiting at Georgetown for the Fall Semester after four days in Chicago for American Political Science Association annual meeting.  This year's APSA really has a buzz—and some really fine panels on constitutional theory.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balkinization
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush makes surprise visit to Iraq  —  AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq on Monday, using the war zone as a backdrop to argue his case that the buildup of U.S. troops is helping stabilizing the nation.  —  The president secretly flew 11 hours to Iraq …
Danielle Knight / US News:
On the Hill, All Iraq All the Time  —  A slew of new reports …
Discussion: Let Freedom Ring and ParaPundit
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Cassandra / Villainous Company:
Sunday Reading … Glenn Reynolds points to an outstanding article …
Discussion: Classical Values
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Grim Old Party
Digby / Hullabaloo:
White Flour!  —  Via Perlstein, here's a hilarious story about a Klan rally.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Mexican President Assails U.S. Measures on Migrants
Discussion: Central Sanity
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Clinton, Obama, and Dodd's Wrestling Match Over US-Cuba Relations
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Freed Scholar Leaves Iran; Another Still Held
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Wizbang and A Blog For All
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Bush Pays Surprise Visit to Reality
Discussion: Lonewacko
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Is Craig really a hypocrite?