Saturday, August 4, 2007
Equipped with arms from the U.S. and a generous supply of cash, the former Sunni insurgents are joining American troops in whatever it is we're doing over there. The bottom line: we are arming and financing Sunnis with what the Post calls "murky allegiances and shady pasts. " How shady? Many of them have ties to "al Qaida in Iraq," one of the administrations's favorite fear-mongering names.
U.S. generals said they vet the backgrounds of every recruit, but ground commanders here said that is all but an impossible task.
"Officially, we will not deal with those who have American blood on their hands," said[Lt. Col. Robert] Balcavage, 42. "But how do you know? You don't. There's a degree of risk involved. A lot of it is gut instinct. That's what I'm going on. They didn't teach me how to do this at West Point."
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
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If they lied about the WMDs, it stands to reason that they lied about the WTCs.
Monday, July 30, 2007
"Americans are stupid about risk... If I could manage to be smarter about risk than I usually am, I would worry less about the possibility of terrorism, and more about the probability that the same chickenhawks who exploited it before to sell us on war without end, will exploit it again to sing the virtues of temporary fascism."Meanwhile, back in the chicken coop...- Marty Kaplan, July 29, 2007