ThinkFast: October 10, 2006

Axis of Evil update: “Nearly five years after President Bush introduced the concept of an ‘axis of evil’ comprising Iraq, Iran and North Korea, the administration has reached a crisis point with each nation.”

Three national polls released today find the American public has deep concerns over Iraq. A USA Today poll found a 56 percent majority saying that sending troops to Iraq was a mistake. A WP/ABC poll said only 35 percent approve of Bush’s handling of Iraq. According to a NYT/CBS poll, only 3 percent are saying the war is going very well.

The FBI is “struggling to reinvent itself to fight terror,” a NYT analysis shows. “If you look at, for example, the four key ingredients for counterterrorism success — agents, analysts, managers and computers — the F.B.I. is struggling to get the basics right on all of them,” an analyst says.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), the Senate’s king of pork, “killed a requirement for the Defense Department to evaluate unauthorized earmarks imposed by members of Congress on the Pentagon,” Bob Novak reports.


Stock options that Sen. George Allen (R-VA) failed to report were “worth as much as $1.1 million at one point,” Bloomberg reports. Allen claimed the options were “worthless” in a story published Sunday.79 percent of Americans believe the House leadership was more interested in their own political standing than in the safety of the pages as the Foley scandal emerged, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

“Hotter temperatures and higher sea levels” caused by climate change “could devastate Asian economies, displace millions of people and put millions more at risk from infectious disease,” Australia’s main research agency found. “Local and regional economies will be hit hard from chronic food and water insecurity and epidemic disease, as well as extreme weather events.”

U.S. Gen. James Jones, the top NATO commander, last week “did not dispute” claims in Woodward’s new book “saying he described the Iraq war as a debacle and considered resigning over the conflict.”

The Foley scandal is sparking political concerns at the highest levels of the White House, with strategist Karl Rove conceding in a private briefing yesterday that the matter “complicates things” for conservative candidates who have been linked to the scandal.

And finally: The Stewart/Colbert dream ticket will have to wait. Jon Stewart dispelled any rumors he would appear with Stephen Colbert on a presidential ballot. Stewart said people wearing “Stewart/Colbert ‘08” t-shirts “are a real sign of how sad people are” about the country’s direction. “Nothing says ‘I am ashamed of you my government’ more than ‘Stewart/Colbert ‘08,’” he added.

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