Sunday, November 26, 2006

News roundup, November 26, 2006

Anti-war Democrat has ties to U.S.' prewar Iraq claims talks about a surprising winner of Pennsylvania's 10th district. The winner, an "Anti-War Democrat", had worked in the Pentagon office that produced the cooked evidence that helped the Administration lie us into the war. Somehow he found his way to being an "Anti-War Democrat" which the newspaper finds odd and confusing. They probably aren't aware of Karen Kiatkowski who worked in that same office, has 20+ years experience in the Military working on anti-terrorism, and is totally against this war, is totally aghast at what the office she worked in produced etc. Clearly it's within the realm of possibility that two people working in that office could both be against the war.

Iraq Group a Study In Secrecy, Centrism is an examination of the Iraq Study Group. They interviewed a dozen or more of the participants to learn what was learnable. The process seems skewed to a centrist viewpoint, with neocons feeling disgruntled and left out. Hmm...

Ferocity of Iraq attacks leaves US troops helpless discusses escalating violence in Iraq. Especially as it may jeapordize a summit to be held with Iraq Prime Minister al-Maliki.

Crowd stones Iraq PM as govt calls for calm It probably isn't al-Maliki's week, a crowd stoned his motorcade as they drove through Sadr City.

U.S. Finds Iraq Insurgency Has Funds to Sustain Itself The insurgency (uh... is there just one insurgency? or are there multiple insurgencies?) has been raising money through oil smuggling and other criminal activites and is earning enough revenue to sustain its own operations. I suppose that means they don't have to depend on Iran or on Saddam's pilfered cash stockpile, eh? And just how do we know what they're earning? Did they file a 10-Q with the SEC or something?

Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former US army general Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski told Spain's El Pais newspaper she had seen a letter apparently signed by Rumsfeld which allowed civilian contractors to use techniques such as sleep deprivation during interrogation.