Failed Iraq Policy

From the Center for American Progress:

  • The American public is no longer buying the administration’s line on Iraq. While the media’s attention has largely strayed from the ongoing chaos in Iraq, the American public remains focused on that issue, ranking it as the most important factor they will consider when going to the polls this November. Sixty-one percent of Americans believe that the Bush administration does not have a clear plan for handling Iraq, and 58 percent believe Congress is not doing enough to oversee the administration’s policy. Rather than addressing the substantive concerns the public has about Iraq, administration officials have instead offered beyond-the-pale rhetoric comparing war critics to Hitler appeasers and assailing them as terrorist abetters. Eighty-four percent of national security experts polled recently, on a balanced nonpartisan basis, said that we’re losing the war on terror; an additional three percent said that the war in Iraq has had a negative impact on the war on terror. Continue reading

Georgia voting law gets the boot

From WaPo:

A state judge yesterday rejected a Georgia law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, writing in his decision, “This cannot be.”

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. said the law, pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to fight voter fraud, violates the state constitution because it disenfranchises citizens who are otherwise qualified to vote.

State officials vowed to appeal Bedford’s ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court before the Nov. 7 general election.

The timing of the judge’s decision could have political ramifications in Washington. The House is set today to vote on legislation that would require voters in 2008 to present a valid photo identification that “could not have been obtained without proof of citizenship.”

The bill is part of a package of measures designed to demonstrate a new get-tough attitude on illegal immigration and border security.

“There have been enough reports over the years of voter fraud that it is time to have a picture ID to ensure the integrity of our voting process,” House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday. more

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This is a good one to ask – Where’s the Outrage? As far as I know the constitution asks for voters to be American citizens and of age, that’s all. You don’t have to have a driver’s license. You don’t have to have a house. You have to be of age and a citizen. That’s it. Most of the voter fraud that I have read about hasn’t little or nothing to do with who votes. It is about Parties preventing people from voting by putting up roadblocks (not enough voting machines, not enough voting stations, etc.) which in turn make voters wait for hours and finally give up.

Annan: Iraq close to civil war

From Reuters:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday Iraq was in danger of descending into civil war, as insurgents killed more than 30 people in a fresh wave of bomb attacks ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

Annan, opening an international aid conference for Iraq, said: “If current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of full-scale civil war.”

Bracing Baghdad for an expected increase in attacks by al Qaeda and other Sunni militant groups fighting the Shi’ite-led government, U.S. and Iraqi officials are planning to shield the capital from car bombers by sealing off its entrances with checkpoints and trenches. Ramadan starts next week.  more

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It is clear to Koffi Annan.  It is clear to me.  Unfortunately, it really isn’t clear to President Bush.