"Here's the least surprising news of the week: Americans are souring on the Democratic Party." - Eugene Robinson
Say you're just an ol' country boy from Iraq, trying to find a job in the capitol of Baghdad. The only one you readily can get is as a police officer or soldier. The US pulls its troops back, and things are looking good for your future. Then, as reported in the NY Times, two trucks roll into town and exploded: "...carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, along with artillery and mortar shells. The truck that hit the Foreign Ministry held 4,400 pounds of explosives, he said, while that at the Finance Ministry carried 3,300 pounds." 95 people were killed, 1,023 people were injured. None of the wounded were taken to the US run hospital just three minutes away...
In response, the government: "detained 11 Iraqi security force officers in connection with the bombings. They included the commanders of two battalions stationed in the areas where the bombings occurred, and the chiefs of intelligence and the police and the top traffic wardens in the two neighborhoods." Its clear that fingers are pointing in every direction, trying to lay the blame, like most true politicians they won't accept responsibility. They have learned well from their US trainers and masters, or is it native duplicity?... Perhaps you are one of those detained, then you are going to get screwed just like if this happened in the US...Its also clear that Iraq hasn't geared up fully for their civil war, where Islamic brother fights Islamic brother yet. Perhaps the Iraqi government will now hire Blackwater for its personal security...
And, if you are one of the families who lost a member in the bombing? "On Thursday night, Iraqis placed hundreds of candles on burned-out cars, damaged walls and sidewalks near the Foreign Ministry bombing.
An Iraqi soldier approached a group that was about to add more candles and said his captain had ordered him to stop them.
“So where was your captain when the explosion happened?” one young man replied. “Why didn’t he put a checkpoint up here? Now you ask me to stop lighting a candle for my family. I am not going to stop, and if you want to stop me, just try.” The soldier stood aside."
Call Me Irresponsible...
Former CIA officials tell ABC News that the prison in Lithuania was one of eight facilities the CIA set-up after 9/11 to detain and interrogate top al Qaeda operatives captured around the world. Thailand, Romania, Poland, Morocco, and Afghanistan have previously been identified as countries that housed secret prisons for the CIA," Cole added." A CIA spokesman commented that the story was irresponsible... I'll bet Leon Panetta is asking himself why he agreed to head the Agency right about now, especially with the CIA report on the use of torture is supposed to come out Monday, this time not so redacted.
late night jokes:
Jon Stewart, answering the question Barney Frank posed to the crazy woman at the town hall asking "on what planet do you spend most of your time?": "Well, apparently, a planet where a mixed-race president and a gay Jew qualify as Nazis."
"It's time for Health Care Town Hall Snaps! You better hope Blue Cross doesn't consider 'ugly' a pre-existing condition! Oh, damn! Your mama's so dumb, she thinks the public option is a port-a-potty! Your mama's so old, we're going to get together a panel and euthanize her. No. Sorry that was too real." --Jon Stewart (Watch video clip)
"How about this? Brett Favre is coming out of retirement and joining the Minnesota Vikings. He's getting $12 million from Minnesota. Talk about cash for clunkers."
"Are you folks familiar with the Cash for Clunkers program? I'm feeling pretty good about this. I think the government owes me some money because we must have had at least a dozen clunkers on last night's show." --David Letterman
"Happy birthday to former President Bill Clinton -- 63 years old. And you know, when someone famous like that has a birthday, people think, well, should we get him something? Don't worry about Bill. He's fine. He's doing great. His wife is out of the country most of the time. He couldn't be happier." --David Letterman
"Yesterday, Bill Clinton had a separate meeting with Barack Obama, and then Hillary Clinton had a separate meeting with Barack Obama. I mean, something is going on with the Clintons. Obama can't even get them together in the White House for a beer." --David Letterman
"Are you despondent and confused about the healthcare issue in this country? Thank God I don't have to worry about health coverage. I'm with CBS. When I die, I get a guest shot on the 'Ghost Whisperer.'" --David Letterman
"But the one drawback — when I get sick, the only doctor I can see is Dr. Phil." --David Letterman
"I didn't think this day would come. Squeaky Fromme tried to assassinate President General Ford. She's been let out of prison. She was paroled. Is she going to get a job? If you think about it, there aren't many jobs for unstable, gun-toting women, unless she wants to run for governor of Alaska." --David Letterman
"I'd like to apologize for that joke." --David Letterman