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The recent takeover reported this month, of a formerly US run Iraqi prison, by Moqtada al Sadr supporters, who have just been brought into the Maliki government, combined with the reading of a dispatch from Ambassador Hill from December, 2009, leads one to surmise that Iran is moving to consolidate its influence in Iraq, including the widespread use of death squads:
In recent months, Maliki's government has freed hundreds of controversial members of the Shiite Muslim cleric's Mahdi Army and handed security positions to veteran commanders of the militia, which was blamed for some of the most disturbing violence in the country's civil war and insurgency against U.S. forces.
Do we need any more reason not to support the Obama administration?
That's not the sound of fingernails being scratched across a slate blackboard. Its just Obama's own Secretary of Education speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (you know, the one that was the cheerleader for the Iraq War, the 'neocons' who still believe it all worked out peachy) railing against teacher pay. The fact that the American Enterprise Institute seems to support this subversion of educational standards would intuitively lead one to believe it must be a very bad idea. [Read more]
President Obama’s hopes of ratifying a new arms control treaty (Start II) with Russia this year appeared to unravel on Tuesday as a Senate Republican leader (Senator Kyl-Republican-Arizona) moved to block a vote in what could be a devastating blow to the president’s most tangible foreign policy achievement..
In recent days, the administration dangled an additional $4 billion in hopes of winning his support, but Mr. Kyl held out. The administration has also promised to spend more than $100 billion over 10 years upgrading the triad of nuclear weapons: submarines, bombers and missiles. [Read more]
McClatchy reports that to keep 'peace negotiations' alive the Obama administration has offered US $3 billion in military aid for Israel, including 20 F-35 Joint Strike fighter aircraft, capable of a 15,000 pound payload, and stealth equipped for missions like bombing Iran. F-35 specs. [Read more]
As lawsuits on Obama's health care law brought by the GOP are allowed to progress, and with the recognition the reforms only go into full force in 2014, one wonders, that if Obamacare was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, and blocked, would a Republican President 'go to the mat' to defend Obamacare?  [Read more]
A federal district court judge has driven a stake through the heart of the 17 year old 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays in the military, placing an injunction on its enforcement throughout the military and declaring it unconstitutional. The judiciary is a co-equal branch of government, and the judge was doing what the judiciary is supposed to do, ruling to defend the rights of Americans under the Constitution. [Read more]
Rep. Levin (D-Mich) suggested we ask the government of Iraq to pay $1 billion of what is calculated to be $2 billion of training and equipment planned by the Pentagon for Iraq in the next fiscal year. A recent study by the GAO found that Iraq had $11.8 billion in the bank and was running a surplus. So with both Republicans and Democrats worried about OUR deficit, its a slam dunk we will ask Iraq to help out, right? No, Rep. Levin was overruled by the guys who brought you Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he received no support from the budget hawks of the GOP. [Read more]
Ever wonder why all those Bush/Cheney 04 stickers disappeared so rapidly in his second term as the Bush wars, the Bush economy and the country itself headed down the drain? And how did those of the Bush Base turn so quickly into Teabaggers??
Driftglass has an explantion, that will make you laugh! It's a story of the magical transformation of the Dr. Suess-like 'Sneetches' of the Bush Base!