"Lou Dobbs: “The fact that they would continue and perpetuate the lie suggests that we need a full investigation of what is going on and what is demonstrably an incompetent, and at worst, deceitful, federal governemnt.”"
* tom Friedman, billionaire
"Hizbullah is formidable. Some of the formidability comes from current National Security Council adviser Elliot Abrams, who gave the Iranians US TOWs in the 1980s, which Hizbullah has now inherited. Abrams perjured himself before Congress and shredded the constitution, and should be in jail."
* Hustler runs brad's Lemme/Curtis story
"Earlier today, former Interior Official Roger Stillwell pled guilty to accepting gifts from Jack Abramoff and then lying about them to avoid scrutiny."
"There is no mistake Ehud Olmert did not make this past month. He went to war hastily, without properly gauging the outcome. He blindly followed the military without asking the necessary questions. He mistakenly gambled on air operations, was strangely late with the ground operation, and failed to implement the army's original plan, much more daring and sophisticated than that which was implemented. And after arrogantly and hastily bursting into war, Olmert managed it hesitantly, unfocused and limp. He neglected the home front and abandoned the residents of the north. He also failed shamefully on the diplomatic front."
* guardian's blog:
"People look vaguely queasy when you raise the subject of the Israeli lobby, as though the only concern in American discourse is not to appear anti-semitic, a fear which, I suggest, is sometimes shamelessly played upon.
My view is that in America and Britain, we should think of free speech as an article of faith, as one of the ways that we define our civilisation against the forces that were to be unleashed on us this week, as well as the influences that stifle criticism of Israel and so enable the disgraceful actions in south Lebanon.
The interests of extreme proponents of Muslim and Jewish faiths combine in one way or another to assault our ancient democratic traditions and we must resist them."
"Jonathan Tasini, an anti-war Democrat running against Clinton for her New York Senate seat, criticised her shift as a 'quick makeover and cover-up act' and attacked her previous support for the war. 'The war was wrong from the outset, should never have been fought and was an unnecessary waste of human life and valuable economic resources,' he said. He contrasted that with Clinton's view, which officially is still that invading Iraq was justified but poorly carried out. 'Iraq was no threat to our country,' Tasini said."go john!