Category Archives: Iraq War

How To Prevent National Health Care, Infrastructure Investments And Putting America Back To Work

I’m becoming more and more convinced that a bailout package spending hundred of billions of dollars (arguably trillions in total) is just another way to forestall America investing in itself – much like the Iraq War. Why do we have the most expensive and least comprehensive health care coverage in the world? Well, because we’ve […]

Three Lessons In Crisis From The Bush Administration

1. When they talk about costs in a crisis, assume true costs will be ten to 100 times estimates and that they will hide the real cost. In this current Wall Street crisis please note that the $700 billion bailout does not include the bailout costs of Bear Sterns (up to $29 billion), Fannie Mae/Freddie […]

What’s Wrong With Sarah Palin? She Just Doesn’t Care Enough

[Hat tip Ezra Klein] James Fallows spell out what’s wrong with Sarah Palin not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is here. I was going to blog my own thought about it that boiled down to this: doesn’t she read the newspapers? Any decent newspaper, especially in the Op-Ed section, has discussed the Bush Doctrine of […]

Lieberman-McCain Iraq Surge A “Strategic Victory” – Petraeus Not So Fast

Travis Sharp beat me to writing it (I found his piece while looking for sources). Here’s TPM’s coverage of General Petraeus saying we may never have “victory” in Iraq.

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard Plays The Hand He’s Dealt

There’s been recent discussion of whether Republican Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard blew it when Dillard appeared in an ad for Barack Obama in the Democratic Presidential Primaries. At the time I thought it was a smart move on his part – possibly with an eye to a post in an Obama Administration. I still […]

Gain Perspective At ‘War Or Car?’

[Hat tip to Ezra] Instead of funding the Iraq War, Americans could have done a lot with the money – like give each of us a Toyota Prius or supply the Irish with beer for 1,000 years. War or Car? offers some necessary perspective on the Iraq War’s financial cost. The human cost is worse. […]

Ezra Klein On The American Troop Surge In Iraq

Very worth reading.

Scott Harper Says Congresswoman Biggert Should Remember Veterans With Vote For GI Bill – Offers Petition

Scott Harper has a petition you can sign to demand more affordable college education for veterans here. [Scott Harper at today’s press conference on making college more affordable for veterans.] From the Scott Harper for Congress Campaign: “Harper, Veterans condemn Biggert’s vote against GI Bill, announce launch of petition campaign Romeoville – Scott Harper, the […]

Remaining Employee Says McCain Fired Staff For Lobbying Connections

According to today’s New York Times, Justin Case, John McCain’s Spokesperson/Campaign Manager/Strategist/Chief Fundraiser/Field Manager/All-Around Handy Guy, told reporters that John McCain had fired his staff because of their lobbying connections, including clients like a Russian businessman “barred from entering” the U.S. because of purported links to organized crime, the repressive totalitarian country Myanmar (Burma) and […]

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]