Iraq in peril; cronyism pays; Cheney should resign...

*MILITARY DOESN'T WANT TO BE IN IRAQ: 19%: The percentage of military members in North Carolina ("the nation's most military-friendly state") who feel the war was worth it.

*IRAQIS DON'T WANT MILITARY IN IRAQ: A secret nationwide poll of Iraqis by the British Ministry of Defence, "demonstrates for the first time the true strength of anti-Western feeling in Iraq after more than two and a half years of bloody occupation," according to the Telegraph's Defence Correspondent, Sean Rayment.

It ain't a small band of bad apples: "Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province... 82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops"


Andrew Robathan, a former member of the SAS and the Tory shadow defence minister, said last night that the poll clearly showed a complete failure of Government policy.
He said: "This clearly states that the Government's hearts-and-minds policy has been disastrous. The coalition is now part of the problem and not the solution.

*POLITICAL DONATIONS; A WISE INVESTMENT: Political contributions are an excellent investment. To wit: A a Toledo Blade article reveals that Ohio supporters who contributed a total of $4.1 million received a total of $1.2 billion in public funds for their companies and clients. That's billion. Quite a bit more lucrative than your average mutual fund. Can you imagine investing $4 and getting $1200 back? Me neither.

*CHENEY SHOULD TALK OR RESIGN: Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes:
"If Mr. Cheney can't address the questions about his conduct, if he can't be forthcoming about the activities in his office that gave rise to the investigation, then he should resign. And if he won't resign, Mr. Bush should demand his resignation."
*ITALIAN PM WARNED BUSH: In a soon-to-be-aired interview, Bush-ally Silvio Berlusconi claims that he repeatedly warned Bush against invading Iraq: "I have never been convinced that war was the best system to make a country democratic and help it escape dictatorship, even a bloody one..."

*ALITO TO THE RIGHT OF, WELL, EVERYONE: Responding to the nomination of Alito for Supreme Court Justice (aka Project Fitzgerald investigation smokescreen), George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley told Katie Couric: "...There will be no one to the right of Sam Alito on this Court. This is a pretty hardcore fellow on abortion issues."
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