Tag Archives: Iraq

Looking Backward in the Year 2011

by matttbastard Der Spiegel runs down W’s “tragic legacy” in the long, long, looooong decade of U.S. decline that followed 9/11: America was trapped in Iraq for years, where a victory was a long time coming and was never a … Continue reading

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Nothing’s Shocking

by matttbastard Hey, remember the Scott Beauchamp teapot tempest? Well, reality (what with its inherent liberal bias) has provided an ironic (if tragic) coda to the tedious saga of manufactured wingnut outrage: A senior enlisted Army soldier was convicted on … Continue reading

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Sarah Silverman Says Goodbye to George W. Bush

by matttbastard h/t Jillian York via tweet Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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‘I think so.’

by matttbastard No, Mr. Vice-President, I think not. Really. (Full Newshour interview transcript here. Make sure to have a bottle of Tums and a couple of Valium’s handy–it makes for a simulateously nauseating and infuriating read.  5 more days…) Recommend … Continue reading

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Beltway Inertia and the Rule of Law

by matttbastard In a must-read post today, Glenn Greenwald challenges Ruth Marcus and the establishment Washington consensus, in which the pursuit of war crimes charges against soon-to-be-former Bush officials is arbitrarily dismissed as either too polarizing, too partisan, or just … Continue reading

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A Size Ten Farewell Kiss to Dubya–Love, Iraq

by matttbastard Maybe next time 43 will grant follow up questions to members of the local press. Oh, wait… (h/t Liza Sabater via Tweet) Update: More from McClatchy on the man who hurled teh shoes at teh (outgoing) prez, Muthathar … Continue reading

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Got Somethin’ Stickin’ In My Eye

by matttbastard The Washington Post reports today that (forcedly) retired General Eric Shinseki has been tapped by President-elect Obama to lead Veterans Affairs: Shinseki, a 38-year veteran, is best known for his four years as Army chief of staff, and … Continue reading

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“Dry Language, Dry Bones”

by matttbastard Tom Hayden: Antiseptic language is sometimes necessary in journalism and law to make objective evaluations. But it also can suppress moral and emotional responses to suffering and serve as a sedative in managing public opinion. Riveting stories of … Continue reading

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Pentagon Delivers ‘Operation: “Now It’s YOUR Problem”‘ Plan to President

by matttbastard WaPo: Pentagon leaders have recommended to President Bush that the United States make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, administration officials said yesterday. The plan, delivered this week, calls for extending a pause in drawdowns until … Continue reading

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Gone Till November

by matttbastard Cliff Schecter dissects The Maverick’s shoddy record on veterans’ affairs legislation: In 2005, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), now chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced legislation that would have increased veterans’ medical care by $2.8 billion in 2006. … Continue reading

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