TGIF, everybody. You may need to hit a bar early after you check out the following:
- VoteVet‘s Vice Chair Brandon Friedman — who we all know here as “Angry Rakkasan” — has posted a recommended diary at Daily Kos: “Breaking: Petraeus: ‘It has not worked out as we had hoped’.” [UPDATE: Brandon will be on CNN’s “This Week At War” Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. And don’t miss the ad for Brandon’s book in the middle column, or click The War I Always Wanted: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War: A Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq.]
- The “Staging Nukes for Iran?” story, linked by blogs worldwide (even in Iran*) is going strong, and the 208+ comments, particularly from those with military/nuclear expertise, are must-reads. (*Do any of you know Farsi so you could translate?)
- Be embarrassed. Be very, very embarrassed: “Bush has bad day at Sydney Opera House” (Even though I never voted for the thuggish bozo, he represents me and all Americans, so his innumerable follies embarrass me.)
- Josh Marshall insists: “Don’t miss this. I’m just starting to read it now. ‘The Myth of AQI: Fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq is the last big argument for keeping U.S. troops in the country. But the military’s estimation of the threat is alarmingly wrong.’ It’s in the Washington Monthly. And it’s by Andrew Tilghman who was an Iraq correspondent for Stars and Stripes in 2005 and 2006.”
- Good ol’ A16 — ah, that’s pre-war Walter Pincus territory in the Washington Post. Josh Marshall, again: ” I think Karen DeYoung’s piece in today’s Post — regrettably on A16 — settles once and for all that the numbers we’re hearing [on the success of the ‘surge’] are basically a scam.”
- KagroX has a must-read on “Checks and balances?“
And there is so much more. Add your own!