Day: April 9, 2006

Article: U.S. Study Paints Somber Portrait of Iraqi Discord

The news flow is turning into a tornado and George Bush is, as usual, the center of it and the cause of it. Bet he wishes he could click his oil and blood soaked ruby slippers and land back in Kansas or Texas or wherever he came from. That angry little mind of his must be getting ready to explode… Poor FT was much better off as a coke head buffoon running companies into the ground than a president (running the country and world into the ground).

U.S. Study Paints Somber Portrait of Iraqi Discord

WASHINGTON, April 8 — An internal staff report by the United States Embassy and the military command in Baghdad provides a sobering province-by-province snapshot of Iraq’s political, economic and security situation, rating the overall stability of 6 of the 18 provinces “serious” and one “critical.” The report is a counterpoint to some recent upbeat public statements by top American politicians and military officials.

The report, 10 pages of briefing points titled “Provincial Stability Assessment,” underscores the shift in the nature of the Iraq war three years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Warnings of sectarian and ethnic frictions are raised in many regions, even in those provinces generally described as nonviolent by American officials.

There are alerts about the growing power of Iranian-backed religious Shiite parties, several of which the United States helped put into power, and rival militias in the south. The authors also point to the Arab-Kurdish fault line in the north as a major concern, with the two ethnicities vying for power in Mosul, where violence is rampant, and Kirkuk, whose oil fields are critical for jump-starting economic growth in Iraq.



Article: Washington’s First and Last Lesson: Power Is Fleeting

From the April 9th New York Times:

The Nation
Washington’s First and Last Lesson: Power Is Fleeting

SENATOR TRENT LOTT, the former Republican leader, was headed out of the Capitol on Friday when he was asked to sum up a week in which Tom Delay said he would quit Congress, the House budget unraveled, the Senate immigration bill crumbled and President Bush became embroiled in the city’s most famous leak probe.

Mr. Lott hopped into an elevator and gestured toward Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, a member of the current Republican leadership. “Our spokesperson will handle this response,” he said, evoking laughter from reporters as the elevator doors shut.

Mr. Lott’s deft disappearing act was just a taste of how odd life had become in Washington last week.


RSA Security — Quick Update

Just a quick note regarding Friday’s 3.9% drop on increased and above average volume to close below the 20-day EMA for the first time since the recent rally began. This is something to watch to see if it’s a pre-rally shakeout or an actual breakdown.

On the brighter side…


Article: A ‘Concerted Effort’ to Discredit Bush Critic

Again, no surprise here, but we must watch as this story evolves in the hopes that it helps bring about change in the White House… like fire and/or put them all in jail and start fresh with some humble people with honesty, integrity, creativity, optimism, etc.

From the April 9th Washington Post:

A ‘Concerted Effort’ to Discredit Bush Critic
Prosecutor Describes Cheney, Libby as Key Voices Pitching Iraq-Niger Story

By Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 9, 2006; A01

As he drew back the curtain this week on the evidence against Vice President Cheney’s former top aide, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the first time described a “concerted action” by “multiple people in the White House” — using classified information — to “discredit, punish or seek revenge against” a critic of President Bush’s war in Iraq.

Bluntly and repeatedly, Fitzgerald placed Cheney at the center of that campaign. Citing grand jury testimony from the vice president’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Fitzgerald fingered Cheney as the first to voice a line of attack that at least three White House officials would soon deploy against former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.