ThinkFast: April 3, 2007

“They were just making fun of us and paid this visit just for their own interests,” said Jaafar Moussa Thamir, a merchant in the Shorja market visited by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) congressional delegation. “Do they think that when they come and speak few Arabic words in a very bad manner it will make us love them?”

In the “latest evidence of stepped up sectarian and insurgent killings outside Baghdad,” a “truck bomber carrying food supplies killed eight Iraqi schoolgirls and a baby in the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Monday as suspected Sunni militants executed 21 Shiite workers north of Baghdad.”

The Justice Department has notified Italia Federici that she is a target of the ongoing Abramoff investigation. Federici is the former girlfriend of Stephen Griles, the most senior Bush official thus far convicted in the Abramoff probe. Federici offered Abramoff access to high-level Bush administration officials in return for money.

“Despite repeated requests from a House committee chairman and government investigators, the Pentagon has failed to hand over its official assessments of the readiness of US-trained Iraqi security units to take over key functions from the US military.”


“His job on the line, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shelved plans for a family vacation and began prepping yesterday for a showdown with senators over the firings of federal prosecutors.”

Meghan O’Sullivan, President Bush’s “top day-to-day adviser on Iraq,” who has “played a key behind-the-scenes role in implementing Bush’s controversial Iraq policies over the past four years, will leave later this spring.” O’Sullivan, 37, was known for her “steady optimism over the eventual outcome in Iraq.”

Lawmakers are calling for the resignation of NASA’s Inspector General, who “created a hostile and dysfunctional workplace…and compromised his independence by appearing to be close to former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe.”

“The world needs at least 4 million health care professionals, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.” The crisis is “most severe in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 24% of the global burden of diseases but has only 3% of the health workforce.”

And finally: You, too, can now dress down Bill O’Reilly. Or dress him up. Cartoon Doll Emporium has released an interactive O’Reilly dress-up doll (falafel not included).

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