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Report: Bush ignored numerous warnings before invasion

Chilcot Inquiry Rally (6.7.16) (163)

The dirty hippies were right again. I’m sure none of us are surprised, exactly, but it’s still shocking to see it all laid out:

Last week, the independent British committee established to delve into the blunders that led to that country joining the Iraq misadventure released a report astonishing for its breadth and sobriety. It is no easy read—with 2.6 million words in 12 volumes, it explores every detail of the processes and decisions that cost the lives of 179 British servicemen and women. And since the goal of the inquiry was to determine what went wrong across the board, it provides information no Republican politician would allow anyone on Capitol Hill to dig up.

The report’s shocking conclusion is obvious: The White House, the Pentagon and, to a lesser extent, the State Department had no idea what they were doing.

Incompetence permeates the tale, with Bush officials arrogantly waving aside warnings and pleas for better planning. The march toward war took on an unstoppable political momentum as evidence piled up that this invasion would be a colossal catastrophe. Preconceptions—such as blithe dismissals of a humanitarian and governmental role in the invasion for the United Nations, as well as a disregard for day-after-war preparations in favor of gut feelings and slogans—undermined the chance for success. Records show the British considered themselves indispensable to the effort, if only to counter the Bush administration’s reckless planning, which officials in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government derided as fantastical.

If you have the stomach for it, go read the rest.

The First Donald Trump/Mike Pence Interview was Humiliating for the Republican Party (Video)


On Sunday, Donald Trump and Mike Pence appeared on 60 Minutes in their first joint interview since it was announced that the Indiana governor was going to be Trump’s running mate. style=”display:inline-block;width:336px;height:280px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-5626295912827181″ data-ad-slot=”4169069414″> And, wow, this was one of the most awkward things I’ve ever watched. This Trump/Pence team might rank up there with McCain/Palin… Continue Reading →

Rising up


Good Nation post about the NRA’s concept of civilians having guns to rise up against their government — or, as I like to call it, the Red Dawn fantasy:

Micah Johnson was what Wayne LaPierre might call a “good guy with a gun”—a combat veteran with no criminal record. He clearly believed that “a situation [had arisen] when the government grossly violates the rights of American citizens.” He was reportedly “upset about the recent police shootings” of Philando Castile in a suburb of Minneapolis and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. A neighbor said Johnson was a “good kid” who “just snapped” last week, after watching one too many videos of black men being shot down.

CBS reported that Johnson had amassed a large stockpile of weapons and bomb-making materials. On Facebook, he had liked radical black groups that had posted “calls to arms” similar to what you might find at an Oath Keepers or militia website. One post read, “The Pig has shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! You and I know what we must do and I don’t mean marching, making a lot of noise, or attending conventions. We must ‘Rally The Troops!’ It is time to visit Louisiana and hold a barbeque.”

Is something wrong with Trump?

I haven’t had the time to watch this hour-and-a-half-long speech Donald made last night, but everyone I know who did watch it said there was something obviously wrong with him, like he was coked up. Here’s Steve Benen:

Trump wanted to talk about the anti-Semitic image in his recent tweet, and his belief that his campaign shouldn’t have deleted his original message. Trump wanted to talk about the parts of Saddam Hussein’s record he agrees with. Trump wanted to talk about how much he likes the Brexit policy he knows little about.
Trump wanted to accuse his critics of “racial profiling,” a phrase the GOP candidate likes to use, though it’s not clear he knows what it means. Trump wanted to list the various Jewish people he knows personally.
The Washington Post added this gem of a sentence: “At one point he also swatted at a mosquito, then pretended the bug was Clinton and spoke to it.”
The Atlantic’s James Fallows, watching this spectacle unfold, wrote, “It would be rash ever to declare Peak Trump. But really, there is something wrong with this man.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes added, “I’ve been watching these now for 13 months … and that was the most unhinged thing that I’ve seen from him. It was all over the place. It was like Charlie Sheen during his ‘Winning’ tour.”
And then it got worse.
After the event, Trump took on the role of an online troll, publishing an image from Disney with a six-pointed star, demanding to know why the media isn’t outraged by this.
This probably shouldn’t be necessary, but The New Republic’s Jeet Heer explained, “What Trump fails to realize is that the original tweet was offensive because of the context: The star was placed over money in a message about political corruption, playing to old anti-Semitic tropes about wealthy Jews controlling the political process. (It doesn’t help that the image came from an anti-Semitic message board.) None of that, of course, applies to Frozen.”

Police: 10 officers shot, 3 dead in Dallas

Maybe it would be a good idea to stop selling people guns.

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