Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life

Wars are like children. Yes they are and darn it if it isn’t tough to choose between favorites, State Dept. Official: Prioritizing Wars Is Like Choosing ‘Which One Of Your Kids You Like Best’

Boucher’s equation comparing war with children underscores why this administration can’t pull out of Iraq and focus on Afghanistan — it is so emotionally invested that it views the Iraq war as its baby.

Officials have clearly pushed aside Afghanistan for Iraq, although admitting so isn’t politically popular. “[P]riorities matter and in order to determine priorities one has to determine where is the greater concern,” said Feingold.

Afghanistan for those that have forgotten is where the guy that masterminded 9-11 is ( or the mountains of northern Pakistan). The Right is running around waving their arms every other day declaring victory, conveniently ignoring how the Right’s approach, letting a madman run free while we pour lives and tax money into the failed state they created deserves the highest priority. The Atlantic Council report in pdf on Afghanistan and it ain’t victory. This is the sort of news that feeds conspiracy theories. Clearly Bush/Cheney and the Americans who support them don’t consider capturing Bin Laden a major part of fighting terrorism. If that were not enough it appears that the Whitehouse had a not unbiased representative working on the original 9-11 Commission, Ex-9/11 Panel Chief Denies Secret White House Ties. I don’t want to go too much into this story now as there is still a lot of plausible he said-she said elements to it. Former Condoleezza Rice aide Philip Zelikow did have Whitehouse ties and he did get Richard Clarke demoted.

What’s another day but a chance for some more Clinton spin, ABC, Tapper Dig In On Piece Reporting Falsely That Bill Clinton Said He Wants To Slow Our Economy. Tapper knew full well that by isolating that quote and using it to lead his story he was pumping it up for far more then it was.

If Barack Obama really is the most liberal Senator of 2007 then good for him, but the way that those rankings are determined is a little odd,  The #1 most liberal senator is … Barack Obama?

What’s more, Obama was the 16th most liberal senator in 2005, and the 10th most liberal in 2006, before racing to the front of the pack in 2007. National Journal suggests this has something to do with Obama moving to the left to curry favor with Democratic primary voters.

But there’s a more logical explanation: Obama missed a whole lot of votes in 2007 — he’s been on the campaign trail — but was on the floor for many of the biggest, most consequential votes. In nearly every instance, he voted with the party. And with that, voila! The most liberal senator in America.

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.”  ~Henry L. Doherty

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TIME Carries Correction on Hotly Disputed Joe Klein Column — And So Does ‘Chic Tribune’, Only there is a difference between TIME’s correction and the Tribune’s

Here’s the Tribune correction:

“A Time magazine essay by Joe Klein that was excerpted on the editorial page Wednesday incorrectly stated that the House Democratic version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would require a court approval of individual foreign surveillance targets. It does not.”

TIME’s correction says there is room for interpretation. The Democrat’s version, at least to a moderately intelligent reader in no way extends the same protection to foreign based terrorists as it does to American citizens. TIME is giving itself Klein a little ledge where they can stand and claim that their reportage on this story  had some fraction of good faith when it clearly did not.