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Shirley Sherrod says she will sue Andrew Breitbart.
Controversial for sure: tomorrow’s graphic TIME cover image on "what happens" if we leave Afghan: an Afghan girl with nose and ears cut off by Taliban. Plus story here. And: See MY response here. Jezebel comments on the TIME cover: "It’s not the image, which demands that apathetic readers to confront religiously-sanctioned violence against women without looking away. It’s the headline."
Obama makes fun of poll focus, but in 18 months, the administration has spent at least $4.45 million on the services of seven different pollsters, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Important Andrew Bacevich book coming next week. For a TomDispatch preview go here.
Powerful guest column at Tom Ricks’ Foreign Policy blog, probing U.S. soldier suicides: Is culprit that troubled troops feel they can not betray weakness?
Tough Nick Kristof column blasting our spending on Afghan war as "a gross misallocation of resources. One legacy of the 9/11 attacks was a distortion of American policy: By the standards of history and cost-effectiveness, we are hugely overinvested in military tools and underinvested in education and diplomacy….Under Mr. Obama, we are now spending more money on the military, after adjusting for inflation, than in the peak of the cold war, Vietnam War or Korean War."