"Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction." -- President Ford in an interview with Bob Woodward, embargoed until after his death. The interview was conducted in July, 2004.
“The basic theory of counterinsurgency warfare is that the defenders must demonstrate momentum towards victory or success,” said Loren B. Thompson, an analyst at the Lexington Institute, a military policy organization in Virginia. “If you can’t prove you are making progress then by definition you are losing.”
22: Number of questions on Laura Bush’s skin cancer.Even Spokesman Tony Snow announced it was officially a slow news day. (Think Progress)
18: Number of questions on Iraq.
3: Number of questions on Iran.
1: Number of questions on North Korea.
"Absolutely, we're winning." -- President Bush, November 5, 2006The President also wants to expand the Army to better handle the rate and pace of current deployments. He talks about adding as many as 70,000 more troops than are currently on active duty.
"We're not winning, we're not losing." -- President Bush in an interview with the Washington Post, December 19, 2006
"2004 was pathetic, and 2006 was worse." -- Newt GingrichMr Gingrich blames a series of Bush administration failures including Iraq, Hurricane Katrina response, and a lack of an agenda. (Insight)
"[O]ne of the best ways we can impose more discipline on federal spending is by addressing the problem of earmarks. … My administration will soon lay out a
series of reforms that will help make earmarks more transparent, that will hold the members who propose earmarks more accountable, and that will help reduce the number of earmarks inserted into large spending bills."
"He may be number two in the White House, but to us he'll always be number one with a bullet." -- from Texas Monthly on their choice of Dick Cheney as "Bum Steer of the Year"The issue hits newstands next week. Lock and load.
"The hardy group -- about 25 strong -- includes Sens. Kent ConradThey'll be flying on military transports -- avoiding long lines at the airports -- oh yeah, and having to buy their own tickets. (WaPo)
(D-N.D.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), plus spouses, Senate aides and military escorts, we're told."
"Of the 383 pieces of legislation that were signed into law during the two-year 109th Congress, more than one-quarter dealt with naming or renaming federal buildings and structures -- primarily post offices -- after various Americans."Three-day work weeks, the least time in session in decades, and most of last year's budget left unfinished.
"We are not part of the war on Christmas. All we asked for was inclusion and now we're getting hate mail and angry messages." -- Harvey Grad, attorney for Rabbi Elazar BogomilskyThe airport's now changed it's mind -- returning the trees and saying they'll have a Menorah in time for Hannukkah. (Reuters)
“I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal.”Here's the CNN report:
"I have created this blog in order to provide Americans with a new meeting place where such opinions and viewpoints might be better shared, discussed and debated; a place where conservative and traditionalist Americans might speak truth to power and to one another.There you go, confirming them rumors on the Internet. (TomDelay.com)
In all honesty, I did not fully realize the impact or potential of the blogosphere until very recently…"
"The US Army at the beginning of World War II had fewer than 200,000 men (26,000 of them in the Army Air Corps), which meant it ranked 16th in the world, right behind Romania. The Army was pitifully smaller than the millions of men in the Japanese, German, and Italian armies. By June, 1941, the US Army Air Corps had been built up to 1,257 combat planes, nearly all of them inferior to the Japanese Zero, which outnumbered them anyway, and to the German Luftwaffe's fighter fleet, which was four times larger than the American fleet and growing rapidly."
"Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation's intelligence agencies. Instead, Democratic leaders may create a panel to look at the issue and produce recommendations, according to congressional aides and lawmakers."The Commission wanted Congress to give more power to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. They wanted the Committees to help shape the nation's intel policies.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.During the campaign, Mr Webb wore a pair of his son's combat boots at his appearances. (WaPo)
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House."
"The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29" with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown."Wanna play critic and send them your review? Here's the MPAA's contact info. (Slashdot)