Why Did We Go to War against Iraq?

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emptywheel
According to Atrios' timeline, we've now entered the first phase of a long process that will end in war: Winter/Spring - The clone army of foreign policy "experts" fromconservative foreign policy outfits nobody ever heard of beforesuddenly appear on all the cable news programs all the time, frowningfuriously and expressing concerns about the "grave threat" that Iranposes.

Reading Comprehension Can Be Fun

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emptywheel
Summary: In this post, I review Jason Leopold's claim that Bush authorized domestic surveillance before 9/11. Leopold relies heavily on a December 2000 document to make his claim and cites it out of context. He includes three other sources to support his claim, but these sources are talking about different programs, not the domestic surveillance program James Risen first exposed.

Six Stories

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emptywheel
Judy Miller says that only six of her stories were based on questionable reporting. I'll have to remember that. By my count, there are way more than six that are totally full of shit, just in her war reporting (and watch out, because I'm looking back at her famous aluminum tubes story--something to look forward to in 2006).

Reading between the (Intercepted Communication) Lines

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emptywheel
I'm going to assume (based on abundant evidence) that James Risen and Eric Lichtblau have more logical sense than Pinch and Keller. Therefore, I'm going to also assume that when they present logically inconsistent facts in today's story, they are doing so to tell us some of the super secret stuff about the NSA intercept case that Dick and Bush don't want us to know. Here's the fundamental illogic in their piece
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