" The real scandal is that the NIE was classified at all. This is the best judgment of the 16 intelligence units of the US government. Even senators and congressmen had been denied access to it by the secrecy-obsessed Bush administration. How can our democratic system work if the legislature cannot get access to such key documents? And, why shouldn't the whole public have seen this estimate? Doesn't terrorism affect us all?"* juancole:
"You can see the rise of anti-US sentiments under Bush most starkly in non-Arab countries such as Turkey and Indonesia which used to like us, believe it or not. In 2002, 52 percent of Turks had a favorable view of the US. In 2006, 12 percent of Turks have a favorable view of the US. In 2000, 75 percent of Indonesians had a favorable view of the US. In 2006, 30 percent of Indonesians have a favorable view of the US.* wapo ed:
Even in major European countries such as France, Germany, Spain and the UK, Bush has cut the approval rating for the US in half or nearly so. Isn't that a bad sign, when the publics in our NATO allies rethink their view of us so radically? Won't we need the support of those publics at some point?"
"Mr. Bush has given numerous speeches in the past several years repudiating what he says was the mistake of backing corrupt authoritarian regimes in the Middle East in exchange for economic and security cooperation, as well as an illusory "stability." But that is exactly what he is doing in Kazakhstan -- and in Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Libya and Egypt, among other Muslim countries. Perhaps the only difference is that in the past, the United States rarely attempted to persuade governments to liberalize. Mr. Bush has asked Mr. Nazarbayev, Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to change. When they refused, his administration, in effect, shrugged. It did not significantly alter economic aid, military cooperation or any other aspect of the relationship."* wapo:
"Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him "we're taking care of it."* from LeeB:
It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy."
"Raw Story just got a shout out on the Ed Schultz show . for being the first over the past several months to publish the story about Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) concerning his emails and instant messages to teenage boys that forced him to resign, effective immediately, just this afternoon. ABC picked up on Raw Story's reporting. A blogger discussing it all with Ed just gave the credit to Raw Story . . . "They're the place to be for web news." The guy's name is Mike Rogers, at blogactive.com"i didn't know that Raw has been on this story. Silly me. I wonder if ABC gave props. I doubt it.