<em>Without Me</em>? What Syrian Ambassador Moustapha Has In Common with Eminem



(Syrian Ambassador to the United States Imad Moustapha) Remember that snappy Eminem song that pushed a kind of edgy vulgarity that seemed, still, like it couldn’t be deleted or ignored, Without Me? These lyrics came to mind this morning when I learned that Syria’s Ambassador to Washington Imad Moustapha was not among those Arab Ambassadors…

14 cents per Iraqi Refugee per Year vs. $300 million per Day to Finance Occupation



President Bush probably chuckled when Colin Powell left the room after advising the President about the “Pottery Barn Rule” — “you break it, you own it.” (yes, I know Pottery Barn doesn’t make you pay. . .but you get the point. . .

Ari Fleishcher Blows Hole in Libby’s Plame Case Defense



Ari Fleischer was told “days earlier” than anyone previously knew by Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby that Valerie Plame was not only Joe Wilson’s wife but that she worked in the CIA’s counter-proliferation division. Fleisher also indicated that Libby said this info was on “the QT.

John Bolton Endorses Biden-Gelb Iraq Plan?



Not entirely. . .but pretty close. According to a piece that has just appeared in the International Herald Tribune: Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations John Bolton said in an interview published in France that the United States has “no strategic interest” in a united Iraq. . .

Chalabi Surfaces to Take Inappropriate Credit for Iraq’s “Reverse Course”



Ahmed Chalabi has surfaced after a long period of silence in Iraq. He appeared at a news conference to announce that some of those “purged” from government positions have been allowed back into Iraqi government staff jobs. This is a couple of years too late in my view — but it’s a start.