UPDATE: Great news. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) will deliver the Democrats’ response to Bush’s SOTU next Tuesday.
TOP POST, on Iraq, from No Quarter regular Leslie, originally posted at BoomanTribune.com. And, despite the title, she is so not confused:
Is anyone else as confused as I am about who Bush is supporting in Iraq: Sunni or Shia? Let’s see: US support for Maliki’s Shia government is OK, but Iran’s support for Shias isn’t. The Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is least likely to be aligned with Iran, is our enemy. But the most likely Shia cleric to be aligned with Iran, al-Hakim, is our friend. Chalabi, who’s a discredited friend of Iran, remains our friend. But it’s the foreign jihadists operating under bin Laden’s direction in Iraq who are our real enemies–so things are becoming clearer. Even though there were even fewer of them in Iraq before we invaded. But we killed Zarqawi, who was a Salifist and not really a true blue al Qaeda, so things got better until they got worse. And Bush thinks Muqtada al-Sadr will attack Detroit any minute, even though he’s not al Qaeda, which is predominately Sunni. The Saudi Wahabists are still our friends even though they’re [unofficially] supplying Iraq’s Sunni militias, who are killing US troops.
I’m sooooo confused. — Leslie
NEXT, STIMSON v. BILL OF RIGHTS ET AL. and the LIBBY TRIAL:
STIMSON v. BILL OF RIGHTS ET AL.: I hope you saw Keith Olbermann’s segment last night on Pentagon Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson, an opponent of the U.S. Constitution (what’s left of it). Keith had the video of Stimson’s nasty remarks about the top-drawer law firms around the country who have stepped up and helped defend detainees. (Sadly, MSNBC not only doesn’t have Monday’s transcript up yet, they don’t even have last Friday’s transcript up!) This morning, Josh Marshall adds:
USAToday editorializes about Pentagon Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson and his attacks on the rule of law. Why hasn’t this guy been fired yet? Has anybody asked Secretary Gates about Stimson’s efforts to shut down trials for Guantanamo detainees? How about Tony Snow? Anyone in the White House press corps thought to pose this question yet?
LIBBY TRIAL: Firedoglake blog is doing a bang-up job covering the Libby trial, which begins today with voir dire, and is also providing educational posts on how federal trials are conducted (the latest is “Libby Trial Primer: Evidence II“).
By Pachacutec @ 7:00 am
My approach to your coverage will be informed by my training in clinical psychology. Yes, for the process of jury selection, you get a shrink’s eye view, with the caveat that in my professional life, I don’t specialize in forensic matters or jury selection. I will sustain writing under my online pseudonym out of respect and deference toward my clients in real life: I keep my blogging separate from my professional life. …
By Christy Hardin Smith @ 5:30 am
Jury selection begins today in the Libby trial. Pachacutec will be on the scene to report for us today — in the courtroom, watching the proceedings, and taking note of how things move forward as the jury of peers that will sit in judgment of Scooter Libby is selected.
That’s right, boys and girls, it’s Libby time.
While we’re waiting for some on scene reporting, I thought a recap of some of the Libby news from the last few days would be of interest for everyone.
– First off, Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft will be answering questions live on the WaPo this afternoon at 2 pm ET. You can submit questions prior to the chat, so please do — I’m sure you can all think of some great questions which need answering about the Cheney cabal’s conduct.
– Speaking of Vice President Cheney, if you haven’t read Murray Waas’ superb piece on the Libby case, Cheney’s role in pressing Libby to get the word out on former Amb. Joe Wilson, and the looming questions about Libby’s plausibility in the story that he wove on two separate occasions for FBI agents, and then later on two other separate occasions for the grand jury…and whether that constituted an attempt to obstruct and thwart a federal criminal investigation into the heart of this scandal. But Murray says it better: …
UPDATE: I just spotted this bookmarked post at Think Progress. It is a bit out of date, but may still be a handy resource:
23 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak
The cast of administration characters with known connections to the outing of an undercover CIA agent [FOLLOWED BY THIS LIST, EACH NAME LINKED at Think Progress]:
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
Vice President Dick Cheney
President George W. Bush