Monday, November 27, 2006

An In-Between Post for the Dial-uppers


capt said...

Iraq troop withdrawal hint

Des Browne says he hopes to withdraw thousands of troops from Iraq by the end of next year.

Watch the report

"Thousands" of British troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of next year - that's the hope, if not the promise, from the defence secretary this morning.

But Des Browne gave no details on numbers, nor a timeline for exactly when the UK's 7,000 troops will be able to pull out.

His indication of troop withdrawal came as a coroner today criticized "serious failings" by the military in the case of Christopher Maddison, a royal marine who was accidentally shot by British troops in Iraq.


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Maybe this can put more pressure on Bunnypants? I sure hope so. Bring our troops home.


RicK said...


Here's something on Harmon for you:

The Media's Sudden Intense Interest in the House Intelligence Committee

"The New Republic's Michael Crowley last night noticed something about Jane Harman that has evaded most Beltway commentators, including those who have suddenly developed such a bizarre and uncharacteristic interest in the issue of who will lead the House Intelligence Committee:

"'In the debate over which Democrat should lead the House Intelligence Committe, Alcee Hastings has endured a lot of well-deserved scrutiny lately. But it's only fair to note that Jane Harman wasn't exactly a lantern in the darkness in the runup to the Iraq war:

"'"There's a strong intelligence case that Iraq has not destroyed its weapons of mass destruction and is building the capability to use them," said Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House intelligence committee. "There's a growing al Qaeda presence in Iraq, and I think the case can be made that there is a growing affiliation" between Baghdad and terrorist groups."'

"'Growing al Qaeda presence? I knew that Harman supported the war. I hadn't realized quite how much bad intel she swallowed whole.'

"Harman has swallowed much more than just "bad intel" on Iraq. For instance, when it was revealed that the President was eavesdropping on Americans without warrants -- i.e. , in violation of the law -- Harman immediately became, far and away, the most prominent and vocal Democratic defender of the President's law-breaking, enabling Time Magazine to say this on January 3, 2006 -- just two weeks after the Times reported on the law-breaking, when impressions were still forming among Americans as to how grave of a scandal this was:

"'G.O.P. strategists argue that Democrats have little leeway to attack on the issue because it could make them look weak on national security and because some of their leaders were briefed about the National Security Agency (NSA) no-warrant surveillance before it became public knowledge.

"'Some key Democrats even defend it. Says California's Jane Harman, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee: "I believe the program is essential to U.S. national security and that its disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities.'"

More here

capt said...

Um, h/t to Hajji on the above too!

capt said...

From the Progress Report (email)

GLOBAL WARMING -- SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION REFUSES COPIES OF 'INCONVENIENT TRUTH': Global warming activist Laurie David reported in the Washington Post that the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) refused 500,000 free DVD copies of An Inconvenient Truth, which scientists gave "five stars for accuracy." David wrote, "In their e-mail rejection, they expressed concern that other 'special interests' might ask to distribute materials, too; they said they didn't want to offer 'political' endorsement of the film; and they saw 'little, if any, benefit to NSTA or its members' in accepting the free DVDs." The NSTA also expressed concern that accepting the DVDs would place "unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters." But those supporters already include "special interests," including Exxon-Mobil, Shell Oil, and the American Petroleum Institute, which have given millions in funding to the NSTA. The NSTA has freely distributed oil industry-funded "educational" content like "Fuel-less: You Can't Be Cool Without Fuel," produced by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The film features the opening line: "You're absolutely not going to believe this, but everything I have that's really cool comes from oil!" An API memo leaked to the media in 1998 explains the motivation behind such videos: "Informing teachers/students about uncertainties in climate science will begin to erect barriers against further efforts to impose Kyoto-like measures in the future."

RicK said...

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