"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Moving Day

Okay, folks. Time to trim the workload around here.  Yours truly is moving on.  To a new job in a new industry and I can't keep two blogs rolling.  So, if you're finding us via wb42.blogspot.com, delete that bookmark and move on up to the new site or drop in via www.dougkrile.com..


I'm getting out of the media business, and into something completely different.  It's an exciting time and I'll tell you more about it as time goes on.  We're building something from the ground up, so it's going to be a lot of work.  Bottom line - the old wb42 site is history after tonight.  I have family matters piled up this weekend, so posts will be sparse.  But, move on over to the new site and be ready for some fun!



 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Just A Little Fun Among Friends

Those White House News Conferences with Tony Snow.


In Heated Exchanges, Reporters Press Snow To Justify Iran Claims



At today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Tony Snow faced intense questioning over administration claims that Iranians have smuggled weapons into Iraq with “the approval of senior Iranian officials.” Yesterday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace seemed to contradict this claim, saying that he has not seen evidence that the Iranian government “clearly [...]



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Oh, Yeah

One more thing. Did you hear this story?


Another Republican Corruption Indictment



Federal grand jury indicts Foggo, Wilkes,A federal grand jury on Tuesday issued indictments against Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former high-ranking CIA official Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, [...]



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Missing Data And Missing Laptops

Who knows what evil lurks in the halls of the FBI?


FBI still losing laptops, weapons



The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost or had stolen 160 laptops in four years, including 10 with sensitive or classified information, and one containing personal information on FBI employees, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Justice inspector general. In addition, 160 weapons [...]



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Political Suicide

We have, indeed, been talking about this for darn near a full year now.  It's beginning to look like the early "conspiracy theories" are close to reality.


Cheney's Top Aid Says War With Iran "Real Possibility in '07"



As the Bush administration ratchets up pressure on Iran, Vice President Cheney's top national security aide has been quoted by the Washington Post - in the 10th paragraph on page A18 - that war with Iran is "a real possibility" this year: "Some senior administration officials still relish the [...]



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Philosophical Changes

Talk about a past that will come to haunt him.  Look at Mitt Romney's presidential chances.


GOPer Mitt Romney jumps in the race for the White House, hypocrisy and all



Today, former Massachusetts governor Mitt ‘more conservative today than yesterday‘ Romney, announced his Presidential plans- formally- in his home state of Michigan. In the former Republican governor’s 2,151 word speech, he mentioned the word “Massachusetts” only twice: he doesn’t want to remind conservative southern primary voters where he’s been active in politics for the last [...]



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A Blogger Calls It Quits

Even though her boss stood up for her, she just couldn't stay.


Edwards' Bigoted Blogger Resigns



Just when it mattered least, Amanda Marcotte resigned from the John Edwards campaign: "I was hired by the Edwards campaign for the skills and talents I bring to the table, and my willingness to work hard for what’s right. Unfortunately, [...]



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Slip Of The Tongue

This is why I could never be a politician. One slip of the tongue and you get your words crammed right back down your throat. I'm still looking for the law that says politicians must be perfect.


Obama’s ‘waste’ gaffe



In New Hampshire over the weekend, Barack Obama told an audience that “we ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.” It was a well-received comment [...]



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Monday, February 12, 2007

Let's All Sing

They won. They won big.  But...


Country Radio Refuses To Accept Dixie Chicks: Listeners Are "Outraged"



Country radio still isn't ready to make nice with the Dixie Chicks. With a haul of Grammys Sunday, the Texas trio topped their comeback from their 2003 Bush-bashing comment that turned them from superstars to pariahs -- but Music Row isn't welcoming them back into [...]



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All To Balance The Federal Budget

Cutting corners where corners should not be cut.


Bush plans more cuts to veterans' health care



The Bush administration plans to cut funding for veterans' health care two years from now - even as badly wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the system. Bush is using the cuts, critics say, to help fulfill his pledge to balance the budget by 2012. After an increase sought for [...]



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Still Breaking News

Countdown is talking tonight about how the military is doing a bit of a turnaround on this story. I'll update with more details.  But, up until mid-day today, this was the story and the analysis.


Bush administration anonymously presents evidence against Iran



Bush administration officials have been hinting for weeks that they had quite a presentation to show reporters about Iranian meddling in the war in Iraq, and would provide proof just as soon as they could find some. I mean, as soon as they nailed down the details. Yes, that’s it. Yesterday, reporters in Iraq finally received [...]



UPDATE:  Here's the problem -


The White House’s Iran claims begin to fall apart



When Pentagon officials presented a 16-slide PowerPoint presentation to reporters Sunday in Baghdad, they did not imagine they would be on the defensive, only hours later. The briefing, reminiscent of many pre-Iraq war briefings, was highly unusual because the officials that conducted it refused to let reporters attach their names to the intel they were presenting. [...]



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Still Breaking News

Countdown is talking tonight about how the military is doing a bit of a turnaround on this story. I'll update with more details.  But, up until mid-day today, this was the story and the analysis.


Bush administration anonymously presents evidence against Iran



Bush administration officials have been hinting for weeks that they had quite a presentation to show reporters about Iranian meddling in the war in Iraq, and would provide proof just as soon as they could find some. I mean, as soon as they nailed down the details. Yes, that’s it. Yesterday, reporters in Iraq finally received [...]



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Ungodly Behavior

Life in prison would be bad, at best.  At worst, this:


What Goes On in Our Prisons



Human Rights Watch has issued a report on male-on-male prison rape in American prisons. As part of their research they solicited mail from prisoners. The following letter is the one they chose to open their report. Hat tip to Chrisopher Hayes. "I've been sentenced for a D.U.I. offense. My 3rd one. When I first came to prison, I had no idea what to expect. Certainly none of this. I'm a tall white male, who unfortunately has a small amount of feminine characteristics. And very shy. These characteristics have got me [...]



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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Bad News

Or, at least it would seem that way.


US Sending Third Carrier Strike Group to Persian Gulf



The Iranians have reason to feel paranoid. At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and a third carrier will [...]



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Just A Bit of History

Fascinating stuff, those old political speeches.


FLASHBACK: Here's Hillary's Full Speech On Eve Of War Vote



The other day, Hillary Clinton told the New Hampshire Union Leader that when she voted to give President Bush the authority to go to war, "I said that it was not a vote for pre-emptive war." So we thought it would be a good idea to dig up the speech she gave at the time. She said: "My vote is not, however, a vote  [...]



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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Negative Picture

So, how are things in Iraq?


Democracy..not possible in Iraq



The Iraqi political parties that formed the current Iraqi government claim to seek establishing a democratic system in Iraq. The very same political parties don’t practice democracy. The main five political parties that rule the country are: The Supreme Council [...]



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The Big Speech

Obama's speech today really was quite good. On several levels.


Obama's Speech Accomplishes More Than It Appears



A couple of very quick thoughts on Barack Obama's speech. First, one peculiar aspect of this Dem primary is that there is not one, but two potentially history-making candidates -- he and Hillary Clinton -- meaning that they'll in a sense be vying for the role of most potentially history-making contender. By drawing a direct line from [...]



UPDATE:  A bit of response from the Right.


Official Blogs for Bush Commentary on Sen. Obama's Presidential Announcement



1. He hasn't the experience: Certainly the most impertinent Presidential campaign since Wilke in 1940. 2. Should he get elected, his ultra-liberal policy proposals will just be more-of-the-same political gamesmanship when placed into practice. 3. Democrats would be monumentally stupid [...]



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Before It Makes The Bigtime

This could be a HUGE story.


Is Harry Reid getting ready to sue AP & John Solomon?



I hate putting this important a story up on a Saturday night, but I'm not gonna be scooped on this baby. Check out this Associated Press story from a few days back that nobody seemed to notice. It looks to me like Harry Reid is getting ready to sue the AP and their former [...]



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Friday, February 09, 2007

Unbelievable

I really don't want to get into the Anna Nicole story.  But, this is just too much....


Zsa Zsa Gabor's Husband Says He Might Be The Father



The husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor said Friday that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and may be her infant daughter's father. The claim by Prince Frederick von Anhalt comes amid a paternity suit over Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn's father as attorney Howard K. Stern, but former Smith boyfriend [...]



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Today's Big Story

Not Anna Nicole Smith.  But the lies that led to the Iraq War. Read on....


Cheney’s Other Liars



First, a heads-up: Christy will be on Air America with Sam Seder about 9:15 a.m. EST. Somewhere in the lead up to the Iraq war, the Bush/Cheney Administration decided they needed two strands of intelligence to convince the American people and the world that a preemptive war on Iraq was justified. The first would be [...]



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White House ‘red-faced’ over Rove remark.


Karl Rove was quoted telling a group of conservatives he supports President Bush’s immigration policies because “I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.” ABC reports: “The White House does not deny that Rove made the remark but claims it has been taken out of context. [...]



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Those Prisons

Yet another account you should read.


Former Iraqi Interrogator Admits Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners: "I Will Never Forgive Myself"



Despite my best efforts, I cannot ignore the mistakes I made at the interrogation facility in Fallujah. I failed to disobey a meritless order, I failed to protect a prisoner in my custody, and I failed to uphold the standards of human decency. Instead, I intimidated, degraded and humiliated a man [...]



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Rove On A Roll

Karl seems to have really stepped in it this time.


Karl Rove is a Racist Elitist Pig



The following anecdote does not come from a left-wing blogger but from National Review Online's The Corner. Karl Rove managed to be such a racist snob that he even offended that crowd. According to a congressman's wife who attended a Republican women's luncheon yesterday, Karl Rove explained the rationale behind the president's amnesty/open-borders proposal this way: "I don't want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas." And I thought Rove just wanted to keep enough of the Hispanic vote to win elections past [...]



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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Room For Condi At The Libby Trial

With memory lapses like this one, she'd fit right in.


Ex-Rice Aide: Memory Lapse on Iran "Really Quite Curious"



I just got off the phone with Flynt Leverett, a former CIA Mideast analyst and National Security Council staffer during President Bush's first term. Leverett says he finds it "really quite curious" that Secretary Rice is pleading a memory lapse [...]



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The Big Story

That's what this story was.  Until Anna Nicole Smith suddenly died.  Basic info here -


Hastert Used Military Aircraft To Fly Foley Page Scandal Figure To Washington



The media continues to pound a false Washington Times report accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of wasting government resources by “demanding permanent access to a large military jet for herself, her staff, other Members and supporters.” In fact, Pelosi’s office has stated repeatedly, from the beginning, that “it is up to the Air Force to [...]



Major update here -


A new statement...



A new statement from the House Sergeant at Arms on the Pelosi-plane-ridiculousness ... "For Immediate Release February 8, 2007 As the Sergeant at Arms, I have the responsibility to ensure the security of the members of the House of Representatives, to include the Speaker of the House. The Speaker requires additional precautions due to her responsibilities as the leader of the House and her [...]



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The New Polls

Still, the bounce just ain't happening. No matter how hard you look, it's tough to find much of optimism for the Administration.


Morning musings: Bush continues to flail in the quicksand



A new survey shows President Bush’s approval rating is at an all-time low. In fact, the only political leader with a lower approval rating is Ariel Sharon.  Let’s think about that for a second. The only world leader with a lower approval rating than Bush is a Jew among Palestinians. The only world leader with a [...]



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This Looks Like...

Not much more than a slap on the wrist, to me.  Or, is that all that's really warranted?


Breaking: a long-awaited...



Breaking: a long-awaited report on the Office of Special Plans, the intelligence shop in the Pentagon notorious for its bogus intel on Saddam Hussein's ties to Al Qaeda, is coming out tomorrow. Some details here, via [...]



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But...

Will it make any difference?  Will the number of suicide bombings decrease?  Will the number of civilian deaths decrease? Will the number of military deaths decrease?


al Qaeda on the run



Via Iraq Pictures: A suspected insurgent training site is destroyed with explosives north of Baghdad. This news from Iraq, via the Jawa Report, should be top story. But since Anna Nicole Smith died, it won't get the coverage it deserves: [...]



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Yes, Things Can Get Worse....A Continuing Series


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Managing Our Money

It is, after all, our tax dollars they're losing.  Simply unbelievable.  This story has floated around the web for a long time now.  Finally, pretty much confirmed, the world is getting a glimpse of just how badly the Iraq War has been run.


Pallets Of Cash - Billions



Well, years later it's finally hitting a mainstream outlet - the Bush administration sent pallots of cash to a war zone, and didn't have any way to track where it went (which was probably the plan): [ ...]



Some more interesting thoughts on the vanishing $$$$$$ here -


Someone Else's Money


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MM And Imus

Mary Matlin with Don Imus this morning.  Just downright bizarre.  Weird. And strange. Transcripts and audio via Crooks and Liars and others.


Mary Matalin is Dazed and Confused



Her appearance on Imus this morning was just bizarre. The main point Imus wanted to cover is if she actually told Libby that Tim Russert hated Chris Matthews. I edited some stuff out (it's still a long clip) and tried to focus on her responses to this point and the Libby trial. Basically—try to follow [...]



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The Prosecutor Purge

The stars are lining up and this one is looking more and more like the title of this post - a true purge of prosecutors who might not be explicitly friendly to the Bush Administraton.


‘I was ordered to resign’



The more we learn about the Bush administration’s prosecutor purge, the more disconcerting it looks. Bud Cummins’ dismissal was suspicious in Arkansas, Carol Lam’s removal was odd in San Diego, and now we’re learning more about John McKay’s dismissal in Seattle. Former U.S. Attorney John McKay told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his resignation this [...]



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It's Enough To Make Your Head Hurt

Are you having as much trouble as I, trying to figure out what's happening with the Scooter Libby trial? I've read through this post a couple of times and STILL can't really figure who's saying the good stuff and who's not. Comment away and straighten me out.  Oh, by the way, make sure you read the comments on the post quoted below -


JustOneMinute: What Is Russert's Game (And Is Fitzgerald Helping Him Play It?)



Tim Russert's testimony, as elicited by the defense, painted a picture of a pundit with a puzzling problem. Arianna Huffington has a great collection of links and a quick summary of Russert's baffling testimony and Jane Hamsher offered some helpful hints as well [and let's include Swopa's liveblogging 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Let me point out a few dots that the defense has introduced and make [...]



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Nice Save

John Edwards did a pretty darn good job of defusing the big "Blogger Blowup".  (See the post directly below this one for earlier information).  This really could have blown up and caused big problems for his campaign.  He effectively puts out the fire.  Read on to find out how.


Edwards Comes Through in the Clutch



A lot of people pulled together yesterday to exert maximum pressure on John Edwards not to fire his two female netroots outreach employees, Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister and Big Brass Blog. And it payed off. "John Edwards in News Feed of 2/08/2007 at 11:36 AM EST The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk [...]



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Nice Save

John Edwards did a pretty darn good job of defusing the big "Blogger Blowup".  (See the post directly below this one for earlier information).  This really could have blown up and caused big problems for his campaign.  He effectively puts out the fire.  Read on to find out how.


Edwards Comes Through in the Clutch



A lot of people pulled together yesterday to exert maximum pressure on John Edwards not to fire his two female netroots outreach employees, Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister and Big Brass Blog. And it payed off. "John Edwards in News Feed of 2/08/2007 at 11:36 AM EST The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk [...]



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Nice Save

John Edwards did a apretty darn good job of defusing the big "Blogger Blowup".  (See the post directly below this one for earlier information).  This really could have blown up and caused big problems for his campaign.  He effectively puts out the fire.  Read on to find out how.


Edwards Comes Through in the Clutch



A lot of people pulled together yesterday to exert maximum pressure on John Edwards not to fire his two female netroots outreach employees, Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister and Big Brass Blog. And it payed off. "John Edwards in News Feed of 2/08/2007 at 11:36 AM EST The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk [...]



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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Blogger Blowup

Big shakeups among big-time bloggers.  Maybe.  All over some old posts. Sheesh.


The Edwards’ Blogger Firestorm



A few days ago the Edwards campaign announced they had hired liberal bloggers Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon) and Melissa McEwan (Shakespeare’s Sister). No sooner did the news break, when wingnut bloggers started a firestorm over opinions expressed on their blogs. In particular, Marcotte’s Pandagon blog. Now the firestorm has hit the mainstream media with the news [...]



And, there's more.


Edwards Camp, Under Siege, Is In Bunker Mode Over Blogger Story



The John Edwards campaign appears to be in bunker mode over the big blogger controversy. Staffers aren't answering phone calls and emails. The statement on this whole dust-up promised to Salon earlier today has yet to materialize. Meanwhile, the Edwards camp is under blogospheric siege from some quarters. Chris Bowers of MyDD is threatening not to support Edwards if the two bloggers are fired. He writes: [...]



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Lilbby Trial Update

I've been watching (and listening to) the audio tapes of Scooter Libby's Grand Jury testimony.  Quite the fascinating stuff! I'm sure you'll find posts here in the future linking to the audio.  However, there's something like eight hours of the stuff.  So, you might want to start with this summary of one bit of key testimony.


Russert Destroys Libby on Stand



Tim Russert has finally taken the stand in the Scooter Libby case. Here is a quick refresher for the non-Plameologists. Scooter Libby testified that he did not leak Valerie Plame's identity or occupation to anyone until after he heard about her from Tim Russert. He called Tim Russert on July 10th, 2003 to complain about Chris Matthew's Hardball shows of July 8 and 9. And Libby told the FBI and testified to the grand jury that during this conversation Russert asked him if he knew that Ambassador Wilson's wife worked [...]



PS.  Don't forget - if you're reading this at the old site, it's time to move your bookmarks. We're working on RSS feeds for the new one - www.dougkrile.com or krilefiles.blogspot.com.


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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Housekeeping Duties

Time to move it on over to the new blog, after one final post.  New URL's are www.dougkrile.com or krilefiles.blogspot.com.  Obviously, the new name is "The Krile Files". So, here's one final post for the old blog and another fresh one for the new blog. Whatcha think about THIS idea? Pretty strange, in my book.


Interesting New Twist in the Marriage Debate



One has to give them an "A" for originality - from NWCN.com: OLYMPIA, Wash. - An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled. Initiative [...]



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Housekeeping Duties

Time to move it on over to the new blog, after one final post.  New URL's are www.dougkrile.com or krilefiles.blogspot.com.  Obviously, the new name is "The Krile Files". So, here's one final post for the old blog and another fresh one for the new blog. Whatcha think about THIS idea? Pretty strange, in my book.


Interesting New Twist in the Marriage Debate



One has to give them an "A" for originality - from NWCN.com: OLYMPIA, Wash. - An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled. Initiative [...]



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Monday, February 05, 2007

New Posts, New Site

Okay, folks. If  you haven't bookmarked it yet, do it now.  We're bailing out of the old, tied-to TV, site and will be working on a new one. It's up and running, albeit a bit empty right now. Bookmark either of these urls - This one or This one.


And, watch for more fun and excitement ahead.


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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Nice

Just so very nice.


UK "Inadvertantly" Sent 15 Underage Troops To Iraq War Zones



Defense Minister Adam Ingram, who gave the figure in a written statement to lawmakers, said the "vast majority" of the young troops had been within a week of turning 18 when they were deployed, or had been removed from the war zone less than a week after arriving. "Fewer than five" were women, and none [...]



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And, People Actually Listen to Limbaugh

Even though the says stuff like this -


Limbaugh: Stranded Polar Bears Are ‘Just Playing Around…Like Your Cat Goes To Its Litter Box’



This week, the UK Daily Mail published photos of polar bears stranded on ice floes in the Arctic. Determined to deny the existence of global warming, Rush Limbaugh said on Friday that the bears were “just playing around…just like your cat goes to its litter box”: This whole thing is totally misleading. They’re not even stranded [...]



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Oh, By The Way...

Today was a bad day in Iraq. Really bad.


Deadliest Bombing Yet Today in Iraq



The deadliest suicide bombing to date occurred in Iraq today. More than 100 were killed and 300 were injured, many of whom are expected to die. "The pick-up truck that exploded was left at the entrance of [...]



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What's Wrong In Iraq

It's really quite simple.


The Deadly, But Simple Logic of Anarchy in Iraq



Greetings from the PlameHouse apartment in Washington, D.C.  Between packing for my flight, getting to and from airports, flying across the country, and catching up on sleep, I didn't have much chance to follow the news for a shocking 18 hours or so.  When I did finally get a look at the headlines, I [...]



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Going After Iran

With little to back up the push. So very little.


Where’s the Evidence?



Despite the ever increasing drumbeat from the Bush administration on the threat that Iran poses to the U.S. the L.A. Times reports that, “Bush administration officials acknowledged Friday that they had yet to compile evidence strong enough to back up publicly their claims that Iran is fomenting violence against U.S. troops in Iraq.” Administration officials have [...]


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It's Only Money

Your money. And my money.


Bush requests largest military budget ever for last year in office



President Bush is requesting the largest military budget in all of US history for his last year in office, 2008. The budget is more than half a trillion dollars- $622 billion to be exact. The Administration is also requesting an extra $93 billion for this year, 2007. Depending on the fate of the current Warner-Levin compromise [...]



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Dick Cheney, et al

Oh, this is such good reading.


Frank Rich Has It Right - The Libby Trial Is VERY BAD for Cheney and This White House



Blogged by Brad from the road... See RAW STORY for their excerpts from Frank Rich's analysis about what's going on at the White House and in Dick Cheney's brain right now. We happily associate ourselves with his take on things. Particularly the part about most of the DC insiders "misunderestimating" all that is likely at stake [...]



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In-Fighting

I always love it when bloggers attack each other. Particularly when they're supposed to be on the same side. Still, it makes for good reading.


Not What Digby Said



In my continuing campaign of disagreeing with Left bloggers and writers, I now turn to everybody's favorite (but my favorite first) blogger, Digby, who appears to endorse the very line of argument I find infuriating: "Deciding what to do next about Iraq is hard — on the merits, and in the politics [...]



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Friday, February 02, 2007

New Digs

Don't forget to bookmark the new digs for this blog - krilefiles.blogspot.com or www.dougkrile.com.  It's still pretty empty over there, but we'll paint the walls and get some furniture in soon!


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Before Bed

You should know that we've lost another chopper and crew.


Progress in Iraq



Unfortunately, this progress is working against us: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Army helicopter crashed Friday in a hail of gunfire north of Baghdad, police and witnesses said — the fourth lost in Iraq in the last two weeks. The U.S. command said two crew members were killed, and the top [...]



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Commentary Time

Sometimes, while exploring the blogosphere, you stumble on something written by a little-known writer who makes a lot of sense. Here's a case in point.


Listen Up, Congress - It's Time to Show us What You Are Made Of



Forget the talk about wanting Bush to withdraw from Iraq by 2009. Forget the self congratulating with respect to a (warning: .pdf) toothless and meaningless but symbolic vote. Hell, even something like censure is barely sufficient as far as action. Here is the plain fact. America wants out of Iraq. As soon as possible. Period. If you want to have any chance of gaining the public’s confidence, and as a nice little side benefit, control of Congress for a generation as well as the next few presidencies, listen and [...]



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Commentary Time

Sometimes, while exploring the blogosphere, you stumble on something written by a little-known writer who makes a lot of sense. Here's a case in point.


Listen Up, Congress - It's Time to Show us What You Are Made Of



Forget the talk about wanting Bush to withdraw from Iraq by 2009. Forget the self congratulating with respect to a (warning: .pdf) toothless and meaningless but symbolic vote. Hell, even something like censure is barely sufficient as far as action. Here is the plain fact. America wants out of Iraq. As soon as possible. Period. If you want to have any chance of gaining the public’s confidence, and as a nice little side benefit, control of Congress for a generation as well as the next few presidencies, listen and [...]



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Followup Time

Quick followup posts to a couple of important stories.  Both via ThinkProgress.  First topic - White House response to the NIE.


Hadley Ignores NIE, Says White House Will Still Not Call Iraq A ‘Civil War’



At a press briefing this morning, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said the White House will continue to avoid using the term “civil war” to describe events in Iraq, despite the findings of the new National Intelligence Estimate. Hadley was pressed on the issue by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: “Why do you go out of [...]



And, just for good measure, something of note about New Orleans.


Bush shifts $1.3 billion away from levee funding.



“President Bush is expected to shift $1.3 billion away from raising and armoring levees, installing floodgates and building permanent pumping in Southeast Louisiana in order to plug long-anticipated financial shortfalls in other hurricane-protection projects, a move Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) describes as a retreat from the president’s commitment to protect the [...]



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The Other Big Story

You have your DNC meeting (first post below this one) and, then,  you have the hugely important NIE Report.  The Washington Post did a great job of summarizing it.  Via AmericaBlog, where John offered a comment.


New "National Intelligence Estimate" looks grim for Iraq



Funny, that. Iran is supposedly, per Bush, one of our biggest problems in Iraq. Yet, according to the massive intelligence community review, Iran is mentioned only as [...]



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The Big Meeting

The DNC meeting in Washington today produced some interesting comments from the candidates.  Some good speeches.  Some not-so-good speeches.  TPMCafe blog has some good analysis and some video clips.


DNC Meeting Highlights



Because you all want to know how the Dem Presidential candidates did at the DNC's Winter Meeting today, we've compiled some highlights! We've got videos of the best moments lodged by Hillary, Obama, Kucinich, the whole bunch....First up was Chris Dodd, kicking off his underdog campaign with a [...]



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Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Site

It's very new. Not very fancy. But, we're going to be moving this site to a new one.  If  you want to go there directly, it's http://krilefiles.blogspot.com It's just duplicated posts right now.  http://www.dougkrile.com will redirect shortly.




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Quick Turnaround

We're sending troops back to Iraq much quicker than they expect.  And, some of them aren't happy about it.  Not one little bit.


Why The Coming Fight On Iraq Starts Now



I know my wife hasn't seen the following headline yet, or there'd be one hell of an angry, angst-ridden email in my inbox: Oklahoma National Guard to Deploy to Iraq in 2008. It seems that my brigade has been given a warning order to prepare to deploy to Iraq in 2008, about six months after I get home. I don't know if it's [...]



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Like A Freight Train

We appear to be headed for big-time trouble with Iran.  How many months have we been talking about this? I believe my first post was last August. Now, it's getting serious.


The Edge of The Abyss



I've had a knot in my stomach for weeks as the rhetoric out of Washington amped up against Iran.  As others have pointed out, this is deja vu, all over again.  Sean-Paul Kelley at The Agonist pulls it all together and it paints one very scary picture. The drumbeat for an attack on Iran is [...]



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What He Said Then

Versus what he says now.  There are some mighty big questions, here, my friends.


Now he tells us



In an otherwise unremarkable interview with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, the president explained a bit about how he came to realize his strategy in Iraq wasn’t working. WSJ: Was there a moment in the war when you said we have to make a major change in the way we’re doing things in Iraq? GWB: Yes, [...]



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New Numbers

No, not another set of poll numbers.  We're talking troop numbers.  For Iraq.


BREAKING: Bush "surge" likely sending DOUBLE the number of troops to Iraq - 35,000 to 48,000 - NOT 21,000




Leaked Congressional Budget Office report says real number of Bush troop surge is between 35,000 and 48,000 additional troops. UPDATE: And that $5.6 billion Bush asked for to pay for the "surge," it was a lie too. From CBO: [...]



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The Libby Trial

We haven't done this justice.  It really has become much more fascinating than many expected.  All because of testimony like today's.


The Vice-President is Guilty



There are a lot of sexy witnesses in the Libby trial but it is a no-name FBI case agent that is providing the most damning testimony. Ms. Deborah S. Bond questioned Scooter Libby in October and November of 2003. Scooter Libby concocted a phony baloney story to cover up the Vice-President's role in outing Valerie Plame. It went like this: Scooter Libby learned about Valerie Plame from the Vice-President back in early June 2003. He then promptly forgot about learning this because he was a very busy man. Then Joe [...]



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