Friday, June 15, 2007

Instahoglets June 15th 2007

By Cernig

Something for the weekend?

Another one bites the dust. The fifth one. For something that the White House and its cheerleading squad have described as a non-scandal brewed up for purely political purposes, there's been an awful lot of DoJ people bailing out because of Attorney-Gate.

Ron Beasley summarizes the "Democratic Hawk" position on Iran and concludes they should enjoy a frosty mug of STFU. Glenn Greenwald notes that, despite the utter idiocy of an attack on Iran, that's exactly the path the White House is already on.

Meanwhile, Sean-Paul at The Agonist has the foreign policy question - and his commenters have a lot of answers.

PSotD reads an op-ed by the Iraqi PM and wonders why no-one ever noticed that Nouri al-0Malki had such a delicious command of the ironic before.

Over at The Impolitic, Libby's co-blogger Jim Martin takes on the never-ending fountainhead of spin disguised with bad classical analogies that is Victor Davis Hanson - and in fine style too. Also today, Kevin Drum on the far too bearable dangerousness of Bill Kristol.

How did I ever miss this one? Exxon says it never in the past decade doubted the threat posed by climate change. In later news, sharks say they never doubted the dangers of surfing. In the sharks' favor - they have never funded dodgy scientists to announce that there is no such thing as water.

You know I've been waiting for the piece of the puzzle that connected "Duke" Cunningham's bribery conviction to other and bigger fish. TPM Muckraker may have that piece - the guilty plea of one of those who bribed Cunningham. TPM notes that Thomas Kontogiannis used Cunningham as a conduit to meet other movers-and-shakers including Dubya and that other (alleged) bribe-taker, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia. (yes, I've mentioned Bandar a couple of times recently.)

The brilliant Jill has her own roundup - lots of linky goodness - and also writes about why Americans are losing their international stature - literally.

Andrew Sullivan explains why Mickey Kaus is an asshat.

General Pace didn't jump for the chance to quit as Chair of the Joint Chiefs - he had to be pushed.

Substandard treatment at Walter reed even extended to that holy-of-holies, the soldier's mail. A contract employee has been dismissed after the discovery of 4,500 letters and parcels - some dating to May 2006 - at Walter Reed that were never delivered to soldiers.

The bhc at Anything They Say looks at the mainstream media's disinformation pipeline and the Iraq Oil Law.

I can't decide which is my favorite post at Comments From Left Field so just go read them all.

And if all that isn't enough for you, there's always the Memeorandum aggregator - the place where bloggers go to find out what bloggers are saying.

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