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The RAND corporation, a company that does studies on and for government and society was commissioned by the Army to do a study about the Iraq war. When the study found failure in every organization at every level, the Army buried it- including the declassified version. The reason? According to Lt. Gen. James Lovelace it,

“lacked perspective needed for future planning by the U.S. Army.”

Sounds typical of this particular slate of leadership, no one fails, if you can just twist the logic enough eventually it’ll look like success. It’s all about perspective. Right. (more…)

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According to documents given to the organization Wikileaks, a secure document repository for whistle-blowers, the 2005 ROE for US forces engaged in operations in Iraq were allowed to move into Iran and Syria if in pursuit of former members of Saddam Hussien’s government. That’s not the only thing contained in these ROE we find troubling, we’ve got excerpts and analysis on the flipside (more…)

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Apparently, not only is the executive branch so powerful and so omniscient it doesn’t exist, those who used to be known as the members of it – President Bush and Dick Cheney have decided that laws are for other people. Two deals the administration is working on would effectively protect corporate America from any sort of legal redress when they spy on you, or wantonly murder civilians in Iraq, or anywhere else they are providing “security”. (more…)

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As we all know and reported on earlier here, the new release of the National Intelligence Estimate makes the Powell UN speech look like childs play. Now the administration is saying they didn’t get the estimate until moments before it’s release, and they too where shocked by the findings. But, that doesn’t change Bush’s hardline stance, or plans for war if he can swing it. Video and analysis after the jump… (more…)

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The Bush Administration’s attempt to doctor up a war with Iran suffered a blow yesterday with the release of the National Intelligence Estimate which lists as part of it’s key judgements the following:

Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005.We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough HEU for a weapon is late 2009, but that this is very unlikely.

Our assessment that Iran halted the program in 2003 primarily in response to international pressure indicates Tehran’s decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic, and military costs.

News and analysis after the jump… (more…)

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Back in June, we reported about the “Anbar Model”, aka paying sunni’s to fight with us instead of against us. This has continued and expanded. At the time we thought of myriad of reasons why this was a bad idea and a few why it might be ok. It seems as though we were right to second guess it. (more…)

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