"Speaking today at the Washington Institute, Ltn. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, former chief of staff to the IDF, said the reason Israeli casualties have been so low is people follow the instructions of their Home Security office for staying in doors or in bomb shelters, and that the 700 rockets Hezbollah has launched into Israel are not very accurate. He also said that the current operation is not only about militarily degrading Hezbollah's capabilities, but showing the high cost that will be paid for harboring Hezbollah and Hezbollah's provocations."mission creep
"Figuring that Iraq has a little less than 10% of the U.S. population, the proportional death rate of something like 9/11 is ocurring ON AVERAGE every three days in Iraq."
"But the most important take-away from (soros') book is that American democracy is in serious trouble. While the terminology I prefer to use is that George Bush and a long list of winners have benefited from taking America into a "high-fear" environment, Soros writes that the "Global War on Terror" is a false, cynically contrived metaphor that Bush and his team have used to exploit the fear and insecurity of Americans to justify anything they want to do -- without serious challenge or oversight."
* rimone has the next chapter in Blinky's auto-biography.
* via atrios:
"The controversial video of the burning World Trade Center towers in a television campaign ad for Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine is doctored, U.S. News has learned. The television spot, which has been lambasted by critics as a political exploitation of the Sept. 11, attacks Democrat challenger Rep. Sherrod Brown for being weak on national security."