Twilight by Randall LaGro, oil on wood panel. Photo courtesy of the Blue Rain Gallery, Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In the news:
Sarkozy's bling-bling lifestyle annoys the French.
The Australian government finally says "sorry" to the Aborigines.
The Bush administration's "kangaroo court" draws international criticism.
Military and spy agencies share blame in producing false information for media.
Scientists trace fake anti-malaria drugs to southern China.
On Tuesday, John McCain told reporters in Richmond, Va. that "anyone who worries about how long we’re in Iraq does not understand the military and does not understand war.” Defying the opinions of military experts, McCain said it is “really almost insulting to one’s intelligence” to question “how long we’re in Iraq.” He said he believes the current “strategy” is “succeeding.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, have voiced concern that “a protracted deployment of U.S. troops”in Iraq would not benefit the military. In October, Casey said it will take "three or four years and a substantial amount of resources to put” the Army “back in balance” and that the time frame depends on when “the conflict ends.” Mullen testified last July before the Senate Armed Services Committee that failing political and economic progress in Iraq, “no amount of troops and no amount of time will make much of a difference.” He said “a protracted deployment of U.S. troops to Iraq…risks further emboldening Iranian hegemonic ambitions.”
But McCain denounces questions about how long US troops will remain in Iraq as "naive." In McCain’s stated views, neither the Army Chief of Staff nor the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “understand the military” as well as he does. In a recent presidential debate, McCain claimed he is "the expert” on Iraq.
Let's see: Ignoring the military experts actually involved in the war and spinning his own reality. Sounds remarkably like George "I'm the decider" Bush.
Meanwhile, the Bush administration is pouring $2.35 million per week of our tax dollars into an Iraqi group of concerned citizens/former insurgents. Yet this money is accomplishing "nothing," the group leader says.
Obama takes the lead
I stayed up past 4 a.m. Paris time to watch the Potamac Primary results. I was thrilled to see Sen. Barack Obama's landslide victory. But before Obama supporters get too excited, don't forget: the real work lies ahead. Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be important challenges. So help rock the vote!