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Brand new Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin sure to enrage fans–wait for backlash any minute now.
Once again, a great Anthony Shadid piece on how many average Iraqis feel really "nothing’s changed" in quality of their lives since Saddam ousted…. Rachel Maddow claims Obama in Iraq speech last night left war proponents off easy. It’s a wonder Judy Miller didn’t show up on Fox claiming WMD are still out there… Proto-hawk Bill Kristol kinda liked the speech.
Tom Friedman says Obama making audacious moves in Iraq and on Israel and Palestinians–expect progress in, maybe, one Friedman Unit…. Spencer Ackerman with 5 points on the speech (quicker Afghan exit? who says we’re really gone soon in Iraq?)… Too bad the thousands of troops and vets who have committed suicide in recent years not here to view Obama speech.
Meanwhile, in his memoirs, Tony Blair says he "wept" over lives lost in Iraq — but still justifies invasion.
NYT‘s James Glanz visits grave of a former colleague killed in Iraq….. As 6 more U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan, 19 in four days. But hey, it’s still early.
My new piece here re-visiting this day five years ago when my blog carried chilling news from New Orleans, with one newspaper site a life line for some.
David Corn: Glenn Beck’s "whopper" about touching George Washington disputed. …. Wash Post probes how Glenn Beck has gotten away with being a Mormon, leading a Christian revival — but many Christians don’t even believe Mormons are Christians. Perhaps his most of his followers are still in the dark about that — as with so much else…. And Kathleen Parker finds in him the "addictive" personality of a former addict and hopes he "gets well" soon.