Fifteen Republicans voted against the bill, as did every single Democrat. Welcome to Republican America - tired, hungry, sick and uneducated unless you happen to be rich.
Shelton Young, the Pentagon's acting deputy inspector general for intelligence, told senior Pentagon officials Wednesday that his office would investigate whether Feith's operation "conducted unauthorized, unlawful or inappropriate intelligence activities."
Just don't hold your breath, ok?
Jerry Falwell is promoting a drive to fund over 1,500 lawyers, who will sue anyone Falwell thinks is subverting Christmas. He's supported by other zealot morons like American Family Association President Tim Wildmon and Bill O'Reilly. Sorry guys, but I have to inform you that just about everything about Christmas, from trees to presents to the baby in the manger was stolen from the pagans - just like everything else about Christianity. Have a cool Yule, Jerry.
Suppose that George W. Bush had sent our troops into battle unarmed, because he thought that if you point your finger at someone and say "BANG!", the other person dies. The American people would rightly refuse to let their sons and daughters go off to fight, and support for the war would vanish. This would not show that the American people were weak, or lacked resolve, or failed to appreciate the disastrous consequences of losing in Iraq. It would show that people do not generally let Presidents throw their children's lives away when they are manifestly incompetent, as any President who thought that pointing your finger at the enemy and saying "BANG!" would kill him would have to be.
To my mind, our prosecution of the war in Iraq has been only slightly less incompetent than that. George W. Bush is not so childish that he thinks that you can kill people by pointing your finger at them and saying "BANG!" But he is childish enough to think that looking tough is a substitute for serious thought and careful planning; that striking an attitude is all you need to do to get what you want.
Awesomely well written and well thought out stuff.
Update One more excellent post for you. Shamanic at Simianbrain hits it out of the park as she discusses how prewar intelligence on mobile Iraqi chemical factories was provided by a source, codenemed "Curveball", who everyone knew was a nutcase but the Bush administration deliberately ignored that fact in their rush to war.