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Former Interrogator Shoots Down Cheney Logic

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But he didn’t shoot him in the face.

Hey, It’s Only A Few Lost Years, Right? No Hard Feelings, Right?

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From Truthout:

Camp Bucca, Iraq – Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links to insurgents or militants are being freed by this summer because there is little or no evidence against them.

Their release comes as the U.S. prepares to turn over its detention system to the fledgling Iraqi government by early 2010. In the six years since the war began, the military ultimately detained some 100,000 suspects, many of whom were picked up in U.S.-led raids during a raging, bloody insurgency that has since died down.

Well, Well, Well…..Who’d A Thunk It? Part 2

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From McClatchy:

WASHINGTON — The top Marine commander said Friday that his forces already had begun pulling equipment out of Iraq and that nearly all of his troops could be out in as little as six months.

“The time is right for the Marines to leave Iraq,” Gen. James Conway, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said at a breakfast with reporters. Any “sustainment force” in Iraq, he added, will be almost exclusively from the Army.

By the way, McClatchy was about the only major news outlet that did not climb on board the “Let’s Invade Iraq Before They Kill Us” bandwagon.  Through some diligent reporting they actually provided hard news and information that contradicted the Bush Administration’s claims regarding the imminent threat of Saddam and those now-legendary Weapons of Mass Destruction, which have taken their rightful place among other legends like Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and the “Gol-darned Librul Media.”

As I think on it, my apologies to Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster for drawing them into such an unsavory comparison.

As for the “Gol-darned Librul Media,” it is not so much the liberalism as it is the whoredom.   Except for McCatchy.  And Frank Rich.  And Sy Hersch.  You all are patriots.  You stood your watch while people like “Stretch” Gregory showed off their fancy dance moves with their friends.

While We’re All Giddy Over the Inauguration, Iraq Has Big Dreams Too

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REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Reuters reports that the intellectuals and artists who have been courageous enough to remain in Iraq-and lucky enough to remain alive- are planning a widespread campaign to replace martial statues and monuments with art extolling the virtues of  peace.

However, some in the intellectual and arts communities have reservations.  An unnamed college art instructor expressed concern that the ongoing carnage wrought by militant violence would deter artists from participating.  He is unnamed in the article because he lives in fear after having been personally threatened by militants.

The report mentions a recent piece he created which features 3 people chained to a wall in the ruins of a temple, symbolizing the current reality of Iraqis feeling chained captive by unrelenting violence and by the U.S. occupation.

Murtadha Hedad, a sculptor and professor at Baghdad University’s College of Fine Arts, maintained a sense of hope that the planned monument makeover would call Iraq back to it’s true roots.  “We have a lot of ideas, like statues of intellectuals or writers, because Baghdad is the cradle of civilization,” Hedad said.

Given the anti-intellectual, anti-literary and anti-fine arts movement that has plunged the entire world into a Global War on Tolerance, one wonders if some of these Iraqi artists could be lured to work in safer locations where their vision is just as important and likely to be unimpeded by death threats.   Maybe they could place their art in the places that need it just as much as Iraq, places that Iraq’s current occupiers call home.

Shoe-Throwing Journalist New Arab Hero

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And he has also put the Iraqi government and it’s American Overlord shadow government in a bit of a predicament regarding how they should handle him.  The smart thing to do would be to have some sort of speedy small court hearing where Muntazer-al-Zaidi is fined and then quickly released and expelled from the country.  Of course, we’re talking about such proceedings taking place in the clusterf**k called post-invasion Iraq, so all bets are off.  Recent history would instead suggest that a stupid sort of brutality would come into play, and indeed we are now hearing that the guy has been beaten in prison.  Meanwhile, the shoes heard round the world have captured the anger and hostility toward George Bush’s America among many, many people in the Arab world.

Reuters reports that Arab and Iranian TV stations have been replaying the clip over and over, using slow motion and capturing the audio in which Bush is called a dog.  The report continues with these observations from voices in the Arab world:

“The Iraqi journalist is a true and free Baghdadi,” said a Saudi private sector employee who gave his name as Abu Faisal. “He was brave and did us proud. Bush destroyed (Iraq) so surely he deserved to be beaten with a shoe”.

Khalid al-Dakhil, a Saudi university lecturer in social politics, said the incident summed up Bush’s impact on the Middle East, which “will haunt this region for a long time”….

Some Palestinians, whose hopes of independent statehood have withered in the eight-year Bush era, relished the moment.  “A shoe company in Hebron claimed the attack on Bush and they will give the attacker shoes all his life,” runs one joke being exchanged on mobile telephones in the Gaza Strip.