ThinkFast: March 30, 2006

The administration appears to be taking “measures in Iraq that would wreck its most cherished goal there: democracy.” Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said Bush’s latest efforts cause “concern among the Iraqi people that the democratic process is being threatened.”

The UK Independent presents examples of the Lincoln Group’s propaganda work in Iraq, which one military specialist described as “comical.” One exaggerated headline: ‘IRAQI ARMY DEFEATS TERRORISM.’

The nation’s capital is still not prepared to deal with a terrorist attack.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill yesterday that would put lawsuits challenging the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program on a fast track to the Supreme Court.


Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) “left open the possibility” yesterday that Sen. Russ Feingold’s (D-WI) resolution to censure Bush over his warrantless domestic spying program “could get its day before the full Senate.” Specter “suggested it could be brought to the floor under a rare procedural move.”

Josh Bolten’s first act as chief of staff may be trying to convince Bush to replace Treasury Secretary John Snow “with someone who can more forcefully communicate the administration’s message that the economy is strong.”

Despite spending “money like Paris Hilton at a shoe sale,” the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency investigates itself…and finds nothing wrong. Congress ordered the investigation after Knight-Ridder uncovered overspending in the agency’s purchasing system, spending $20 for plastic ice cube trays that previously had cost 89 cents.

House budget writers saw the writing on the wall yesterday and “dropped President Bush’s proposed cuts to hospitals and other Medicare providers,” while keeping other spending cuts.

Bush rejected increasing calls for him to take tough actions against Russia prior to the upcoming G-8 meeting. He said he needed a personal relationship with President Vladimir Putin so he could walk into a room with him and have him “not throw me out.”

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