Addition by Detraction

I just got the memo — and at the risk of being classified a “determined detractor,” I want ON Rummy’s “electronic media engagement team.”

Because the best offense is the defense of the known unknowns.

“Fewer than 10 blogs written by those who oppose U.S. operations, which CENTCOM calls “determined detractors,” have established links, [CENTCOM’s Lt. Col. Richard McNorton] said.”

On Thursday Rumsfeld drew comparisons to the Truman years of the Cold War: “the future then too was unclear, the tasks often seemed insurmountable, and it was difficult to view things with the perspective that only history can offer.”

So Commie pinkos will be damned, we PATRIOTs shall spread nukes to whomever doesn’t yet want us dead — maybe they too will discover a “hopeful” existence, perhaps some sort of Asian democracy.centcom

McNorton: “‘The enemy’ even ha[s] virtual Caliphates. We were so far behind the curve,”

Sign me UP — and lift us up where we belong!

‘Four years, five months, 18 days and counting’

President Bush actually had the gall to make a surprise visit to Afghanistan Wednesday, where he was lambasted by journalists (only four questions were allowed) in a country which he considers to be one of his more successful pet projects.

The blinders, however were on full-force, when he responded to criticism (ahem, bin Laden… deteriorating security situation since U.S. troops left) with this robotic statement:

“….[W]e’re bringing the people to justice, and the world is better for it, as a result of our steady progress.”

Read Froomkin for the full recap.

Also…. more in-depth criticism of the NSA scandal has prompted AG Gonzales to attempt to clarify his testimony. And a survey reveals that 2/3 of the country finds Bush’s sidestepping FISA to be “clearly” illegal.


Recent Polls Blast War Effort

BBC World Service: extensive global survey reveals majority skeptical about war in Iraq. (download .pdf)

Zogby: 72% of U.S. Troops in iraq say End War in 2006

CBS News: Bush Job Approval at 34% = lowest ever
(was 35% post-Katrina)

Could we be looking at “defeat and retreat?”

BREAKING: President Bush to ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas Tuesday:

“…. my policy has not changed. To summarize it, as the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down.”

+ Zogby breaks down his poll.

1,300 – How did WaPo get this number?

Washington Post February 28, 2006

When does solid reporting trump the “official word?” and Where is backup evidence to support the Post’s number? Today, most news outlets are reporting the Iraqi Cabinet’s official number of civilians killed since the bombing of the Askariya mosque in Samarra last week. Finally, this afternoon, AP has added some clarification, including the 1,300 number reported in the Washington Post:

The Iraqi Cabinet said 379 people had been killed and 458 wounded in reprisal attacks in the week since bombers destroyed the golden dome atop an important Shiite shrine in the predominantly Sunni Muslim central city of Samarra.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that more than 1,300 Iraqis had been killed since the shrine attack, but the Cabinet statement described that account as “inaccurate and exaggerated.” The Post cited figures from the Baghdad central morgue, but an official there told The Associated Press that as of Sunday night they had received only 249 bodies tied to the violence. The Post figure appeared high based on police and hospital reports from the major population centers at the time of the attacks.

Riverbend: “Volatile Days” – a report from her neighborhood in Baghdad
Al Jazeera: “Iraqi Bloggers Tell of Violence, Hope”
TimesUK: “Bomb Blasts Kill 55 on Eve of Bush Visit to India

AP: “Multiple Bombings Kill At Least 66 in Baghdad” – 2/28