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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

July 11 Comes and Goes: No Iraq Indicators.

 Two weeks ago, David Broder pointed out that the Bush administration was soon going to face a make-or-break moment regarding its Iraq policy: Under a little-noticed provision of the defense spending bill passed by Congress in May, Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld has until July 11 to send Capitol Hill a ...

[Think Progress]
3:08:23 PM    

"And which principle considers your blood real blood and our blood water?" - Osama bin Laden

1:50:23 PM    

The 2+Scalia Scenario.

Novak is reporting that Rehnquist will step down tomorrow morning, creating a two seat vacuum on the Court. That, as it happens, is the subject of a provocative article penned by Loyola Law professor Richard Hasen in today's TNR....

[Ezra Klein]
1:49:17 PM    

Sandy Frank: The Stateless Enemy

Most wars are between two states (or groups of states), and hostilities end only when one surrenders to the other. But in the war on terror our opponent is not a state, and this has raised a huge problem for those of us who want to end the war – and the killing – as quickly as possible: we don’t have anyone to surrender to.

Immediately after 9/11, we could conceivably have surrendered to either Saudi Arabia – source of most of the suicide hijackers – or Afghanistan – harborer of mastermind Osama bin Laden. But the Saudis disclaimed any connection and, in the case of Afghanistan, the administration predictably squandered the opportunity and attacked. Afghanistan surrendered - no doubt recalling Germany, Japan, and The Mouse That Roared – leaving us stuck. Even bin Laden was in hiding.

We then compounded our problem by attacking Iraq. Perhaps we were hoping to surrender to them, but any hope of that vanished when they cleverly surrendered to us first.

This has left us with few good options. We could try to accede to our enemies’ demands: pull out of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, release the prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, side with the Palestinians – no doubt we can come up with others. But even if we do all that, absent formal surrender we face the possibility of further conflict.

Two suggestions: first, maybe leaving bin Laden alive was not a failure but rather a clever tactic to preserve him as someone to surrender to. We’ll have to find him, of course, but that could be a workable strategy. Otherwise, perhaps the United Nations could establish an Office of Surrender Acceptance to handle situations like this, functioning as a last resort third party to accept surrenders. After all, this is bound to come up again.

- Sandy Frank
 [The Huffington Post | Full Blog Feed]
1:47:46 PM    

Yank Rove's security clearance.

There have been a number of excellent responses from Dems on the Hill to the Rove scandal, but one stands out for me.

Harry Reid said, "The White House promised if anyone was involved in the Valerie Plame affair, they would no longer be in this administration. I trust they will follow through on this pledge." [...]

[The Carpetbagger Report]
11:35:48 AM    

"Turd Blossom" Must Go.

Pressure is building on the White House to fire Karl Rove (whom his boss calls "Turd Blossom"). Could Rove's arrogance and ruthless political tactics actually be catching up with him?

11:35:05 AM    

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