Eight million people are in urgent need of emergency aid; that figure includes over two million who are displaced within the country, and more than two million refugees. Many more are living in poverty, without basic services, and increasingly threatened by disease and malnutrition.
even if the Democrats win in '08 -- which is far from certain -- America is staying in Iraq for a while
It's not the violence caused by the invasion that killed them.
“It's not the first time that citizen ‘investigative journalists’ have uncovered some embarrassing, or telling, nugget from the past that apparently remained buried for years. But it has happened again with the posting of a now wildly popular video on YouTube that shows Dick Cheney explaining in 1994 that trying to take over Iraq would be a ‘bad idea’ and lead to a ‘quagmire.’
The people who put it up come from a site called Grand Theft Country, the on-screen source appears to be the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and the date on the screen is April 15, 1994. That looks right, by the age of Cheney.
Posted on Friday, it had received over 100,000 hits by this morning, after being widely-linked around the Web.”
Still, no doubt he’ll pull something out of the bag. I see yet another of those speeches in which the President feigns surprise and frustration at the media’s failure to report the good news coming out of Iraq. I see him grinning: “I welcome the Iraqis’ eagerness to embrace a market economy.” A black market, admittedly, on which the main commodity traded is stolen U.S. weaponry, but it’s a truly significant step. Or perhaps he could couch it in different terms. “I look at Iraq and I see strong growth in key sectors.” The weaponry transaction sector, sure — but really, we can all see a definite spike here.
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