Hi. Back from a 4th of July holiday and jumping right into the big churn on Iraq. Is it "panic?" A "tipping point?" Or really "stay-the-course-lite?" Also, a Justice Dept. veteran is disgusted, McCain's campaign falls apart, a conservative Senator caught in the DC madam net ... and kitties with an unusual characteristic.
The New York Times leads today with an interview with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker who warns of all kinds of catastrophes that will befall Iraq if American troops leave, (many of which -- civil war? civilians slaughtered? seem to be happening already.) But blogger/author Glenn Greenwald sees the Times making the same mistakes it made, and apologized for, in the run-up to the war. This as the Times editorial page and its news coverage are growing apart. Howard LaFranchi of the Christian Science Monitor thinks he has the future of Iraq policy figured out though- - "We're there to fight al-Qaida." But retired General William Odom says the surge and on-going war represent the opposite of supporting the troops.. who he says are combat exhausted. And ThinkProgress reminds us that we should just listen to what the White House is actually saying on the surge ... we've only just begun.
Blogger Tigerhawk argues that Democratic/liberal opposition to a war in Iran will actually lead to one.
Christopher Hitchens muses about doctors and violence in the wake of the U.K. terror attempts. And commentator Mark Steele writes in the London Independent about the absurdities that abound in the wake of these guys' efforts.
For those who think the firing of those U.S. Attorneys by the Bush Justice Department is a non-story, a 25-year veteran prosecutor tries to explain to you why it most certainly is. And TPM Muckraker talks to some legal experts about where the executive privilege fight may go from here.
The Washington Post reports last night's revelation that conservative Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter was a client of the D.C. Madam. And Greenwald has some Vitter background (with attitude.) Oh and if you'd like to browse through the phone records yourself, Rawstory links to them.
Do you think that if John Edwards were the one who admitted consulting The Girls' Guide to NASCAR it would have gotten more attention than it did when Rudy Giuliani revealed as much? Then again, Giuliani just hired notable Iran hawk Norman Podhoretz as a foreign policy adviser. Duck.
Blogger beware department: last time around I linked to a post about the coming Great Depression by a reporter named Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Apparently his name isn't the only unusual thing about him. Sorry about that!