2009/06/30

Iraq withdrawal & Franken wins!!!

I'm very pleased to say that the suspicions I expressed in early March have turned out to be unfounded, at least for now. The first phase of US troop withdrawal from Iraq, the removal of troops from the cities and the ceasing of regular patrols there, occurred on schedule.

Not to worry, though. Presidential spokesperson Robert Gibbs assures us that there will be no "Mission Accomplished" sign.

"I will keep the banner printers from doing anything crazy."

Finally, eight long months of Norm Coleman dragging his feet have come to an end and newly-minted Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is on his way to being sworn in. As Democrats will now have 60 Senators, that means that the Republican ability to frustrate and hamstring the Democratic agenda are pretty much finished. Republicans simply no longer have the numbers to effectively filibuster anything/

An explanation as to just why health insurance companies fear government-run health insurance

Anti-Casino activists protest downtown

ScotusBlog explains why the Supreme Court disagreed with Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Ricci case

And hoo-boy! The conservative media-criticism blog Newsbusters makes a comment that Media Matters has to explain to them. They have to explain that the scandal concerning the SC Governor Mark Sanford is NOT like the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. They need to type slowly, so Newsbusters gets it.

1 comment:

Clint said...

I don't think there's much reason to be excited about the American withdrawal from the cities -- dubbed "National Sovereignty Day."

In some cases, the city lines were simply redrawn so that such a claim could be made. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 American private contractors remain in the country.

Sovereignty is still very very far off for the Iraqi people. It's also interesting to note that Iraqi oil was being auctioned off on the same day as the American "withdrawal."

I wrote more about this here:

http://www.whyweworry.com/blog/2009/07/06/the-iraq-show/