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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.