"Even leftists are individuals."
* TV News Lies has the same reaction that I did:
"So for those of you who draw the obvious conclusions about the real reason that Bush is setting these restrictive conditions for Rove and company during the attorney general scandal investigation, you may want to apply the same obvious conclusions to Bush’s behavior regarding the 9/11 investigation! Think about it!"* Drum :
"FRIENDLY FIRE....Half of all U.S. casualties in Iraq have been caused by unsecured munitions. You know, the ones that were in caches throughout the country that were ignored because we didn't have enough troops to occupy the country and didn't think insurgents would be a problem anyway. Those unsecured munitions. "
"U.S. Troop Level in Iraq to Reach 173,000
Meanwhile Newsweek is reporting the number of US troops in Iraq will reach a record 173,000 by July."
U.S. Tries to Prevent Turkey From Attacking Northern Iraq
The Guardian newspaper is reporting the Bush administration is scrambling to prevent Turkey from attacking Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Iraq. U.S. officials fear such an attack would open up a third front in the battle to save Iraq from disintegration. Turkish sources said special forces operations have already begun in northern Iraq to target fighters connected to the PKK or the Kurdish Workers' Party. This would not be the first time Turkey has invaded Northern Iraq. Ten years ago Turkey sent 40,000 troops into Iraq but there was been no large-scale Turkish intervention since the US invasion four years ago. The U.S. has vowed to crackdown on the PKK but Turkey accuses the US of playing a double game in northern Iraq. Officials say the CIA is covertly funding and arming the PKK's sister organization, the Iran-based Kurdistan Free Life party, to destabilize the Iranian government.
John Bolton Admits U.S. Resisted Calls for Ceasefire During Lebanon War
John Bolton, the former top US diplomat, has revealed that the Bush administration deliberately resisted calls for an immediate ceasefire during Israel's invasion of Lebanon last summer because it wanted to give Israel more time to carry out military strikes. Bolton – who at the time was the US ambassador to the United Nations -- said the US decided to join efforts to end the conflict only when it was clear Israel's campaign wasn't working. Bolton told the BBC he was "damned proud of what we did" to prevent an early ceasefire. Bolton also said the US was deeply disappointed at Israel's failure to remove the threat from Hezbollah. More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians and 43 Israeli civilians died in the war. Israel also lost 116 soldiers. The total number of Hezbollah fighters killed is unknown.