Friday, October 06, 2006

Suddenly the Bush administration has no juice, huh?

* wapo:
" Britain, whose forces have had responsibility for security in southeastern Iraq since the war began, has found nothing to support the Americans' contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq, several senior military officials said."
* ew:
"Perhaps the best way to prevent a pre-emptive Bush (Libby) pardon is to talk about how only sissies, like Poppy Bush, would resort to such tactics."

* arkin:
"Looking out from Pyongyang then, the North then sees a weak conventional military, its closest ally and protector back to cooperating with the Pentagon, the South strengthening, an increasingly muscular Japan, restricted exports, and a united international community. Who knows what internal battles in the North drive this latest move for attention and threat.

Quite intriguing is a classified conference held by U.S. Special Operations Command Korea in May 2005 to discuss the future of a post Kim Jong Il North Korea and the issues both transition and a new regime would pose.

It seems like we are entering the most dangerous period with North Korea, not because of its nuclear weapons or missiles, but because this normally deliberate and careful country could perceive that it must take radical action to just survive into the future."

* FAIR has the rundown of Lehrer's 'balance'

* digby:
"Tony Snow had a bad morning. He was very upset at the suggestion that the white house might have some influence on the page predator scandal because the congress is a co-equal branch of government and operates completely independently. That's a first. For the last six years the House has been nothing more than a Bush rubber stamp and corrupt money machine. Suddenly the Bush administration has no juice, huh?"

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