"Starroute is always on target. Boren was governor before going to the U.S. Senate, and when he left Washington he was immediately employed as president of the University of Oklahoma, a job he holds now. Throughout his career, people here have said he's known to be gay, and that the woman he married is also gay. What's interesting is that people in Oklahoma, the most backward, Bible-belt rednecks on the planet, don't care, because he's a brilliant individual who at times seems to be capable of miracles. Why he ever supported a guy like Gates I don't know; unless, of course, they had a "special" relationship, but even then it seems out of character for Boren, who's always been a solid progressive democrat. I don't know that he's gay, and don't care."
"The tired question all of us have been asking for years now about America is, "Where's the outrage?" Well, watch Olbermann, who can barely restrain himself. There's the outrage.* drum:
I hope Olbermann's comments spread like wildfire until every last person in this country hears them. Don't miss this video."
"PIPA has released a new poll of Iraqi attitudes toward the U.S. occupation, and the takeaway is very, very clear: they want us to leave. 74% of Shiites and 91% of Sunnis want us to leave within a year (the number is 80% for Shiites in Baghdad). By wide margins, both groups believe U.S. forces are provoking more violence than they're preventing, and both groups believe that day-to-day security would improve if we left. Support for attacks on U.S. forces now commands majority support among both Shiites and Sunnis. And none of this is because of successful al-Qaeda propaganda: 94% of Iraqis continue to disapprove of al-Qaeda.
Now, it may be that these views are misguided. But it hardly matters: it's simply not possible for us to occupy the country successfully if a majority of Iraqis actively support attacks on our troops and a vast majority think we're responsible for the rising violence. It's time for us to leave."
* LATimes OpEd:
"Unfortunately, the Iran NIE was not the only case of politicization under Gates. It began in 1982, when Casey asked for an NIE on Soviet support for international terrorism. It continued when we were asked how far we thought the Soviet Union would go in its support for leftists in Central America. There was also an investigation by the CIA's inspector general into the atmosphere of politicization at the agency, the results of which were published even before 1991.
It was well known among analysts at the time that we would have a hard time getting Gates to sign off on analyses that did not fit his ideological preconceptions. All one had to do was look at his margin comments on controversial papers to know what was going on. Fortunately for him, classification and layers of bureaucracy kept those comments from public view. Today, however, many cases of politicized intelligence are a matter of public record. The National Security Archive, a not-for-profit organization, has posted many documents on its website that tell the story."