"The historically consistent and pervasive incompetence of the Bush government is in no way limited to the armed forces, indeed the inability of every important agency to do its own job and to function effectively with others is something of a perfect global storm, for which I know no US precedent. Perhaps they are reforming? Nope, hacks and ideologues are still being given corner offices even after the election. Science is still being muffled and kneecapped, and good people are leaving the building. This complete lack of basic human leadership resources up and down the whole enterprise is the reason the Iraq escalation will founder in blood and humiliation."
"What has amazed me over the last year is that no one has noticed that the right blogs are shrinking in both power and influence. Because, let's face it, Malkin writes for shit, Instacracker is a coward who won't stand behind the ideas he pushes, Red State is filled with children who think Johnny Rebel is funny, and LGF is one poster's fake anthrax mailing's arrest from being Stormfront in green."
'I'll go out on a limb and predict that the Bush Library collection will grow to at least 10,000 volumes when you include The Pet Goat, The Plague by Camus, and 9,998 Bibles."
"There are big doings in the intel community that may signal the start of a new effort to cook the books to justify an attack on Iran. Let's start with John Negroponte's move to State Department. I am told by a knowledgeable friend that Negroponte was pressured by the White House to take the job at State. The exodus of key State Department personnel (e.g., Deputy Secretary Zoellick, Counselor Phil Zelikow, and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Hank Crumpton) left Condi twisting in the wind. Negroponte gives Condi one of the most experienced foreign service officers in the State Department's history.
Clapper and McConnell are worrisome choices because they are known in the intelligence community as guys willing to give their customers what they want. Unlike Negroponte, who took a pretty tough analytical stance dismissing the imminence of an Iranian threat, Clapper and McConnell will be more than willing collaborators in making a case that Iran is a serious, immediate threat. If you want to cook the books then these guys can be master chefs."
* newsflash: apparently emptywheel's editor doesn't exist
(meanwhile - you can read all abuot EW and her book at fdl - and keep an eye out for
* the DEA is lying to Bill Weaver and NSWBC about the House of Death case - and they've invoked State Secrets Privilege, even though there's no national security issue.
* Ron at Raw:
"On Saturday, over one thousand protesters lie down on the sands of San Francisco's Ocean Beach - new Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's district - in order to spell out the message "IMPEACH!"
A 2006 Zogby poll taken one year ago, commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, found that 52 percent of Americans agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?""