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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

New books to read & Bush's Iraq Delusions 

The American plan is to get Iraqis to impose order and protect civilians. But insurgents are slaughtering Iraqi police, and attempts to quickly boost police numbers mean the force now has thousands of bad apples. Some are known criminals. Others may be spies and saboteurs. Full story "Cops, Killers & Moles" from Newsweek.

Senior military and national security officials in the Bush administration were repeatedly warned by subordinates in 2002 and 2003 that prisoners in military custody were being abused, according to Sy Hersh's new book Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. (The New York Times)

And in today's media and election climate, I'm sure Kitty Kelly's book will have no effect even though it's getting some play in the press (though it's mostly negative). interviews five-time Emmy-winning investigative journalist Peter Lance about his new book Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror. In his reporting for this book, Lance has uncovered truly shocking evidence of cover ups, incompetence and worse at the highest levels of law enforcement and the 9-11 Commission. (Because Lance is so critical of the Department of Justice, the FBI, the 9-11 Commission and the Bush Administration, he is meeting with significant resistance in the mainstream media. Even shows that booked him to appear for his last book, 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story have declined to cover him this time around.) Click here to read the interview.

I could be off on this but I think Iyad Allawi is deluded. (Telegraph)

And while Bush is saying this about Iraq: " But all the world can be certain: America and our allies will keep our commitments to the Afghan and Iraqi people...." (September 18 Presidential Radio Address)

This is what's really happening: Britain to cut troop levels in Iraq - The British Army is to start pulling troops out of Iraq next month despite the deteriorating security situation in much of the country. (full story at The Observer)

While Paul Krugman's Op-Ed "The Last Deception" today in The New York Times looks at how President Bush is hoping to keep the Iraq disaster under wraps for a few more weeks.

So isn't it about time that Bush Come Clean About This War? (The Washington Post)

And what is Bush hiding about his National Guard service? (I mean I know, but E.J. Dionne Jr. is asking over at The Washington Post)

On the campaign trail, President Bush is busy telling voters that he wants to keep making government "smaller and more efficient" and that his opponent, John Kerry, wants a return to the days of big government. But in fact the Bush tax cuts will do nothing of the kind. Counterintuitive though it may seem, they will inevitably end up increasing the size of government. (Full Op-Ed "How Tax Cuts Feed the Beast" in The New York Times)

And to end: The World's Shortest Blog has just one simple question for Bush. (via Patrick T)

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