ThinkFast: November 20, 2006

The Army is rewriting a key field manual, the authoritative guidebook on how to conduct ground operations, “in a way that rejects the Rumsfeld doctrine [emphasizing speed over massive troop numbers] and counsels against using it again.”

“Tony Blair’s apparent agreement with a suggestion that the Iraqi war has been disastrous was a ‘straightforward slip of the tongue,’ said the British Prime Minister’s official spokesperson on Saturday.”

A new report by the Government Accountability Office has “criticized the Bush administration for failing to check if federally funded abstinence-only programs actually work to curb teen sex.”

Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance bill: “Not gonna happen.” Last week, Bush sent Capitol Hill a “plea for a legislative stamp of approval on the controversial spy effort,” calling it an “important priority in the war on terror.” Senate Republicans responded with “deafening silence.”


A top secret Pentagon group tasked with refocusing Iraq strategy has “devised a hybrid plan” that combines a temporary increase of 20,000–30,000 troops with a subsequent partial withdrawal and long-term effort to train and advise Iraqi forces.

Following a nationwide rash of harassing election week “robocalls,” officials in Virginia, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania have introduced measures to curb the practice.

Some five years after No Child Left Behind was made law, there has been “little progress” toward closing the minority/white test-score gap, which is “so large that, on average, African-American and Hispanic students in high school can read and do arithmetic at only the average level of whites in junior high school.”

Preliminary findings from a 10-month investigation into NASA’s Inspector General “outlines allegations that he stifled investigations, mistreated department employees and maintained a close personal relationship with top officials of the agency he was supposed to independently monitor.”

The author of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration advisory on asbestos in brakes faces suspension from the agency after refusing to alter the warning to include language from the automobile industry.


And finally: Connecticut for Lieberman attacks Lieberman. Fairfield University professor John Orman has “seized control” of the party “after registering as its sole member and electing himself as chairman.” Orman has established new bylaws that open up the nomination process to “anyone whose last name is Lieberman…or any critic of the senator.” “It’s an interesting little wrinkle,” said an attorney for the Secretary of State’s office.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments section.