"In Iraq, here we are almost seven years after the invasion - hundreds of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives and more than 4,000 American lives later - and the primary remaining 'justification' is that we're bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq. Yet the government we helped install and which we empower is becoming increasingly tyrannical, oppressive and brutal. We at least ought to take that strongly into account as we hear government claims that we need to remain, and escalate, in Afghanistan for the good of the people there."
SOME NEWS: * Another push to instate term limits in Congress. * How Sri Lanka fought its war against terrorism. * Not-so-big tent: Right-wingers target moderate Republicans. Speaking of which: all politics is local. * Hmmm. New bill to restrict misinformation by anti-abortion centers. * The ice on Mount Kilimanjaro is still disappearing. * Interesting: new movie offers a different viewpoint on America's paranoid apocalyptic fascination. * And oddly, TV viewership is up.