Secret Pentagon Study: Armor Problems Have Killed Many

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President Bush: Why does Donald Rumsfeld STILL have his job? If Abu Ghraib wasn’t enough — why isn’t negligence on the job that has resulted in many deaths? The New York Times has acquired a secret Pentagon study showing that had appropriate body armor been distributed to military personnel, 80% of Marines who died from upper body wounds might have survived. According to Michael Moss’ Times report: A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of…

More on “Strike ’em Down” Pat Robertson

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The wedge strategy is in play. The White House has now denounced Pat Robertson calling his comments about Ariel Sharon “wholly inappropriate and offensive.” Now let’s see if we can get the Israeli government to strip from Pat Robertson and his allies the right to build a “biblical theme park by the Sea of Gallilee”. Leon Hadar has a nice write-up about this ‘Pat Robertson Holy Adventure Land’ today. According to Conal Urquhart’s report in The Guardian: The Israeli government…

Pat Robertson Says God Struck Down Ariel Sharon for Dividing God’s Land

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Who and what will be blamed when Pat Robertson is finally “struck down”? Today on CBN’s The 700 Club, Robertson said that God struck down Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Rabin for dividing his land: ROBERTSON: I have said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous period of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person. I am sad to see him in…

Howard Fineman Calls the Abramoff Scandal Winners & Losers

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Howard Fineman has a punchy, interesting piece on who loses and wins in the wake of the Abramoff guilty plea. He notes that one of the big losers is Abramoff’s best buddy Tom DeLay. TWN has been arguing since nearly the inception of this blog that forcing DeLay from power would automatically improve all other realms of public policy from gay rights to environmental protection to getting U.S. foreign policy back on track. He was a guy that mattered —…

Doug Bandow’s Confession and Call for Debate on Punditry Ethics

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Doug Bandow offers a realistic picture of the shoddy state of think tank and public intellectual punditry in Washington in this confessionary op-ed today in the Los Angeles Times. He writes: My deal with Abramoff created an appearance of a conflict of interest; it made it seem that I spoke for him (or his clients) rather than for myself when I wrote. That was a mistake, and I’m paying a high price. Fair enough. But this episode ought to do…

John Bolton & NSA Intercepts: The Connection That Mattered Was International

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TWN has been inundated with emails asking why I have not written more about revelations about non-court approved NSA intercepts of electronic phone and email transmissions within the United States and the connection to John Bolton’s requests for NSA intercept material when he served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. My response will no doubt frustrate many, but it is an honest one. I don’t believe that John Bolton was involved with electronic monitoring or…

PowerBook G4 Experts

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If there are any PowerBook G4 experts out there who know about Microsoft Entourage and downloading contact and other data via an Exchange Server from Microsoft Outlook 2003, I’d love to speak with you. I have the Exchange Server account set up, verified, and all that — but it still does not seem to work. If you have any thoughts, post a note, and I can email you or call. Thanks in advance. — Steve Clemons