Bush’s Surge Little More Than A Bumper Sticker, News At Eleven

Reconciliation.  That was the ultimate goal of the military “surge” seeked to achieve when first implemented earlier this year.  The rationale was simply that what kept Iraqis from reconciling within the halls of parliament was the bloodletting in the streets, and so an increase in US troop...

Follow Up To Blackwater

In case you’re still wondering as to how exactly we’re empowering the Iraqi people to be sovereign over themselves, one need only revisit the Blackwater scandal. It began over last weekend when members of the Blackwater private agency opened fire seemingly at random and killing nearly a dozen...

Developing: Sadr Group Leaves Ruling Shiite Block

Is this an ‘oh shit’ moment for Maliki, or business-as-usual in the haphazard Iraqi parliament? BBC News: The decision, announced at a news conference in the holy city of Najaf, comes five months after Mr Sadr pulled out his ministers from the cabinet. The group has complained that Mr Maliki has...

Curious Timing

I find the timing behind the announcement of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ retirement somewhat curious. The reason being, when I checked up on memeorandum earlier this morning, the top headline was one that would be undoubtedly good for the administration; it was beginning to look like there was...

News Of The Day Redux

I’m hoping today is the last day I have to do these things; there’s a chance my life will return to normality on Monday, but the odds favor Tuesday.  In any case, let’s take a look at some of the headlines that will be driving the news today. -There have been better examples of bad timing...