"Meanwhile, Israel has confirmed the arrest of another elected Palestinian member of Parliament. About twenty army vehicles surrounded the home of Hamas MP Mahmoud Mesleh Sunday near Ramallah. Dozens of Hamas officials and government members have been arrested over the past two months.
"In other Iraq news, United Press International is reporting at least two new Iraqi military units have refused to go into battle. Just last week, about 100 Iraqi soldiers refused to be deployed alongside US troops in Baghdad in a mission called Operation Together Forward. Another group of Iraqi troops has refused orders to fight alongside the US in Ramadi. "
"British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s continued support for the Bush administration is coming under criticism from former President Jimmy Carter. In an interview with the London Daily Telegraph, Carter said he’s disappointed Blair did not stand up to President Bush over the invasion of Iraq. Carter said QUOTE: "My own personal opinion is that the Iraqi people are not better off as a result of the invasion and people in America and Great Britain are not safer… It's a shameful and pitiful state of affairs and I hold [Tony Blair] to be substantially responsible for being so compliant and subservient."
"Michael Brown thus plays into the dominant media narrative that everything is the fault of Karl Rove and those darn talking points, that every problem we face is Darth Cheney's doing. I've written many times in these pages that the problems inherent in Washington aren't going to go away with a new administration. The absence of any accountability, and the absence of honor, has turned government into a permanent industry of planning and regulation and spending, oblivious to any actual result."