You ain’t a bitch or a ho. WASHINGTON – House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday embraced a call by a prominent member of her rank-and-file to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, two weeks after she declined to endorse it. “We should follow the lead of Congressman John Murtha, who has put forth a plan to make American safer, to make our military stronger and to make Iraq more stable,” Pelosi said. “That is what the American people and our troops deserve.” House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., accused Pelosi of playing politics with the war. “This war and the … Continue reading U-N-I-T-Y

Pioneering Corruption

From Holden: From The Hill: [Brent Wilkes, president of defense contractor ADCS Inc. named by former Rep. Duke Cunningham as a co-conspirator in his bribery conviction] is a prominent Bush fundraiser, earning a designation as a “Bush pioneer” in 2004 for raising more than $100,000. If Wilkes is indicted, he will be the third Bush pioneer, after Abramoff and Ohio fundraiser Tom Noe, to be indicted this year. Continue reading Pioneering Corruption

The Analysis, For What It’s Worth

From Holden: I just don’t see any plan here. No “we will do x, y, and z.” No milestones, benchmarks, or requirements. Just the same old fuzzy wishes without any details about how those wishes will be acheived. And talk about repetitive — 13,328 words that could easily be cut down to 100. Rumsfeld tried to ban the words “insurgent” and “insurgency” yesterday, but Chimpy’s New and Improved Plan uses both 21 times. “Victory” pops up 27 times, but saying the word over and over again won’t make it happen. Still, “Victory” can’t hold a candle to “Build” or “Building” … Continue reading The Analysis, For What It’s Worth

Go Sign Up!

If you’re like me, you were heartbroken yesterday when Bill O’Reilly’s “enemies” list came out and you weren’t on it. (Unless you were. Hi, Keith! Call me!) But we at First Draft hate it when you’re unhappy, so we’ve come up with a solution. It’s called Put Us On Your List, Bill! Go over there, comment on the site, and tell Bill why you should be on his official enemies list. And remember, have a happy, happy holiday! A. Continue reading Go Sign Up!

Chimpy’s Homework, Part I

From Holden: Maybe Condi can get the Chimpster to glance at this article in Time Magazine prior to tonight’s “major” speech. Throughout the day, members of Blue Platoon had been hunkered down in their battle-scarred observation post (dubbed “Hotel”) in Ramadi, sniping at reconnaissance units. Then, four hours before Murtha spoke, al-Qaeda let loose an attack on all five American outposts in the city–an assault that a hardened Army sniper dubbed a mini–Tet offensive, referring to the coordinated military actions the Viet Cong launched across South Vietnam one fateful day in 1968. With the mini-Tet raging, more than 50 rebels … Continue reading Chimpy’s Homework, Part I

Chimpy’s Homework, Part II

From Holden: Harriet Miers should slip this analysis of the situation in Iraq by top Army analysts under Chimpy’s nose before today’s “major” speech. Andrew Terrill [professor at the Army War College’s strategic studies institute] and Conrad Crane [professor of history at the United States Military Academy] advise against setting a schedule to withdraw of U-S troops. But a new study from the Army War College experts says an American presence in Iraq probably can’t go on more than three more years. Terrill and Crane also think it’s increasingly unlikely that coalition forces will “crush” the insurgency before withdrawing. They … Continue reading Chimpy’s Homework, Part II

Dick’s Halliburton House a No-Fly Zone

From Holden: My, what considerate citizens we have in the executive. The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed flight restrictions over Vice President Dick Cheney’s new Maryland house, angering private pilots because they cannot fly overhead even when he is not there. A spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Chris Dancy, said Tuesday that the aviation agency imposed restrictions over Mr. Cheney’s house in Jackson Hole, Wyo., only when he was present. Mr. Dancy questioned a need to have the restrictions in place at all times over a house in Maryland, where there is much more air traffic. [snip] … Continue reading Dick’s Halliburton House a No-Fly Zone

Europe Reacts to the American Gulag

From Holden: Looks like Chimpy’s secreet chain of terror prisons has Europe in an uproar. [T]he new German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, raised concerns on Tuesday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about reported American practices in the handling and interrogation of captives, according to American and German officials. In addition, European officials said the British foreign secretary, Jack Straw, sent a letter to Ms. Rice on Tuesday on behalf of the European Union asking for clarifications. Britain currently holds the union’s presidency. [snip] “All U.S. actions comply with U.S. laws,” Mr. McCormack said. “They comply with the United States … Continue reading Europe Reacts to the American Gulag

Rummy v. Reality

From Holden: Don Rumsfailed is messing with the language again. “This is a group of people who don’t merit the word `insurgency,’ I think,” Rumsfeld said Tuesday at a Pentagon news conference. He said the thought had come to him suddenly over the Thanksgiving weekend. [snip] “I think that you can have a legitimate insurgency in a country that has popular support and has a cohesiveness and has a legitimate gripe,” he said. “These people don’t have a legitimate gripe.” Still, he acknowledged that his point may not be supported by the standard definition of `insurgent.’ He promised to look … Continue reading Rummy v. Reality

Your President Speaks!

From Holden: Without answering the question. Q Is there going to be investigating the allegations that there are U.S.-run terrorist detention centers abroad? Don’t the American people deserve an accounting of why these places exist and what’s being done there? THE PRESIDENT: The United States of America does not torture. And that’s important for people around the world to understand. Continue reading Your President Speaks!

Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden: Well, Little Scottie crawled out from the rock he’s been hiding under for two-and-a-half weeks and gave a gaggle both yesterday and today. Rumor is Chimpy actually has a plan. Well, I’m not going to preview the speech today. I expect that we will do some more previewing tomorrow for the speech for Wednesday; today, we’re going to stay focused on immigration reform. But I think you can expect that the President — between now and the upcoming elections in Iraq, I think you can expect that the President will spend a good bit of time talking about … Continue reading Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Orrin. Orrin Who?

From Holden: Orrin’t you sorry you said Vietnam? Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, flubbed Monday and referred to Iraq as Vietnam while commenting on Fox News against an immediate troop withdrawal. “The Democratic Party seems to be taken over by the Michael Moore contingent in their attitude toward Vietnam, and they continually call for a withdrawal of troops at a time when we haven’t finished the job,” Hatch said on the network’s morning show. Hatch’s spokesman acknowledged the error, which was first reported on the American Prospect Web log. It was Sam Rosenfeld who picked up Hatch’s slip for Tapped. Continue reading Knock-Knock. Who’s There? Orrin. Orrin Who?

‘Serial Abusers’

Bill Moyers to Tomlinson: Ride my bologna pony. Right-wing partisans like Tomlinson have always attacked aggressive reporting as liberal. We were biased, all right—in favor of uncovering the news that powerful people wanted to keep hidden: conflicts of interest at the Department of Interior, secret meetings between Vice President Cheney and the oil industry, backdoor shenanigans by lobbyists at the FCC, corruption in Congress, neglect of wounded veterans returning from Iraq, Pentagon cost overruns, the manipulation of intelligence leading to the invasion of Iraq. We were way ahead of the news curve on these stories, and the administration turned its … Continue reading ‘Serial Abusers’

What We Need In Newspapers

I was gonna do this whole thing. You know, work up a good and righteous head of steam about newspapers needing to get back to their roots and quit blaming readers for not liking them when all they do anymore is bitch about their own stuff like that meta crap is interesting to anybody with a real job and a social life. But I think commenter BlackSheepOne said it best when I asked you guys last night in this post about what you wanted in newspapers: I want the local news. I want to know what’s going on in my … Continue reading What We Need In Newspapers

Chimnpeachment — It’s the New Black

From Holden: Via ImpeachPAC.org, Tony Trupiano, Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District, finds impeachment to be a crowd pleaser. Tony held a “Take Back the House” rally last Monday. It was the first event of his campaign, and “the best part,” he said when I spoke to him on Saturday, “was the Q & A.” One of the questions that someone asked Tony was what three pieces of legislation would be the first he would introduce. The first that Tony named was a bill to restore value to the federal minimum wage. He never got to the third, … Continue reading Chimnpeachment — It’s the New Black

Would You Change?

To the sick the doctors wisely recommend a change of air and scenery. Thank Heaven, here is not all the world. The buckeye does not grow in New England, and the mockingbird is rarely heard here. The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern bayou. Even the bison, to some extent, keeps pace with the seasons cropping the pastures of the Colorado only till a greener and sweeter grass awaits him by the Yellowstone. Yet we think … Continue reading Would You Change?