"This is one of the most incoherent and baffling aspects of an extremely incoherent war -- even if our ongoing occupation of Iraq had any hope of stabilizing the Iraqi government, all we will have accomplished is ensuring that Iraq is run by a government whose primary allegiance is to the country which is, according to the Bush administration, our greatest enemy and the worst threat to world peace. We transformed Iraq from a steadfast enemy of Iran into a subservient colony. How could doing that even theoretically make us "safer"?"
"Note: Another controversial film made its Washington premiere last night—9/11: Press for Truth. I wasn't able to attend—but these video clips showing Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice are highly amusing in a dark way."
* political affairs:
"US Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) became the 38th Member of the US Congress officially listed as a supporter of H. Res. 635, a bill which could lead to recommendations to impeach President Bush.
The bill, sponsored by US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for impeaching President Bush over misleading the public on the need to go to war; retaliating against public officials who disagree with him; and encouraging torture.
An Atlanta Progressive News analysis has found that, interestingly, 30 of the 38 total co-sponsors are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. However, only 30 of the 62 members of the Caucus have signed on."
" A Princeton University computer science professor added new fuel Wednesday to claims that electronic voting machines used across much of the country are vulnerable to hacking that could alter vote totals or disable machines.
About 80% of American voters are expected to use some form of electronic voting in the upcoming election, in which the makeup of the U.S. House will be decided, as well as 33 Senate seats and 36 governorships."
"I'm told that a number of CIA employees have been complaining to Inspector General John Helgerson about the detainee program. “They have told him that they don't like the program and they want to be on the record about it now, in case the subpoenas start flying,” a source reports."
* 2 comments from robbie c at EW's place
"FYI, Jason Leopold was on the radio just now in Seattle and he said he is going to break big news this afternoon with someones ON THE RECORD who is well known saying the investigation is definitely continuing and that the person also has the copy of the letter Fitz sent to Luskin outlining Rove's deal. Leopold sounded happy because he believe it will vindicate him."that didnt happen. then later:
"I am IM'ing with Leopold right now and he said he and his supervisor interviewed someone in the case very well known today and they are going to break the story next week after giving the person time to respond. But he said he is sure the evidence he and his people have and the on the record information will vindicate him.
he said they have a team of attorneys and document specialists they are working with and that this is the story he has been working on for five months."