March 21st, 2006



"Three years of upbeat White House assessments about Iraq that turned out to be premature, incomplete or plain wrong are complicating President Bush's efforts to restore public faith in the military operation and his presidency, according to pollsters and Republican lawmakers and strategists. The last two weeks have provided a snapshot of White House optimism that skeptics contend is at odds with the facts on the ground in Iraq."
-Jim VandeHei, news analysis

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not competent to lead our armed forces. First, his failure to build coalitions with our allies from what he dismissively called 'old Europe' has imposed far greater demands and risks on our soldiers in Iraq than necessary. Second, he alienated his allies in our own military, ignoring the advice of seasoned officers and denying subordinates any chance for input. In sum, he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq. Mr. Rumsfeld must step down. In the five years Mr. Rumsfeld has presided over the Pentagon, I have seen a climate of groupthink become dominant and a growing reluctance by experienced military men and civilians to challenge the notions of the senior leadership."
-Retired Army major general Paul D. Eaton

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"This is not good. The people running this country sound convinced that reality is whatever they say it is. And if they've actually strayed into the realm of genuine self-delusion - if they actually believe the fantasies they're spinning about the bloody mess they've made in Iraq over the past three years - then things are even worse than I thought."
-Eugene Robinson

Warnings about an American theocracy.

The FBI claims it can't afford e-mail for everyone. Uh, just get Gmail accounts, dudes.

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Courtsy Ocho: the BBC described 'upwardly Gothic.'

How about a new, sportier hijab?

The Tom Cruise/South Park war escalates.