Sunday, November 30, 2024
By Steven Taylor

This strikes me as an utter non-story: Clark Post During Waco Gets New Attention, but nonetheless not that kind of thing that a campaign wants mentioned in the same breath as their candidate.

Aside from supplying material, this has always been my understanding of the role of Ft. Hood in the affair:

Clark’s involvement in support of the Waco operation a decade ago was indirect and fleeting, according to his former commanding officer.

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By Steven Taylor

Kevin of Wizbang! has announced the 2003 Weblog Awards and has issued a call for nominations.

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By Steven Taylor

Three al-Qaida Caught in Iraq, U.S. Says

American forces have captured three members of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network in northern Iraq, a U.S. military commander told The Associated Press on Sunday. If confirmed, it would be the first disclosed detention of al-Qaida militants in Iraq.

About 10 members of Ansar al-Islam — an Islamic group U.S. officials believe has al-Qaida links in northern Iraq — also have been arrested by U.S. troops in the past seven months, said Col. Joe Anderson, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.

Of course, given this:

Asked if troops had captured members of al-Qaida, Anderson — whose brigade controls Mosul — replied: “Three, two weeks ago.”

Anderson said he believed the captured al-Qaida men were Iraqi nationals, who had been transferred to Baghdad for further interrogation.

One wonders precisely what their status is.

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By Steven Taylor

No wonder I haven’t seen the joyfulchristian show up as “en fuego” in a long time. He left Blog*Spot back in September!

You find things out when you engage in a little house cleaning!

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By Steven Taylor

Some good news U.S. Forces Say Kill 46 Iraqis Trying to Ambush Them

U.S. soldiers killed 46 Iraqis and captured eight trying to carry out a series of attempted ambushes on U.S. convoys in the central Iraqi city of Samarra on Sunday, a U.S. military spokesman said.

“The fourth infantry division repelled multiple ambush attacks,” Lieutenant Colonel William MacDonald told reporters.
At least 18 attackers, five U.S. soldiers and a civilian traveling with the troops were wounded during the ambushes.

To go with the bad:

Insurgency: 7 Spanish Agents and 2 Japanese Are Slain in Iraq

Seven Spanish intelligence officers and two Japanese diplomats were killed Saturday in separate ambushes in Iraq, the latest in a series of attacks against America’s allies that seemed intended to drive a wedge between them.


Colombian Contractor Killed in Iraq Ambush

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By Steven Taylor

I have finally gotten a list of reciprocal links on the left-hand column. If you have linked to PoliBlog, but you aren’t on the list, let me know.

Henceforth, anyone who permanently links to PoliBlog will be entered on this list.

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By Steven Taylor

Thanks to:

  • Mark the Pundit
  • The Jay Blog

    For linking to PoliBlog

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  • By Steven Taylor

    This could be one of those cases were the perception of hiding something will make people assume guilt, when there may not be much there there: What’s in Howard Dean’s Secret Vermont Files?

    DEAN—WHO HAS BLASTED the Bush administration for excessive secrecy—candidly acknowledged that politics was a major reason for locking up his own files when he left office last January. He told Vermont Public Radio he was putting a 10-year seal on many of his official papers—four years longer than previous Vermont governors—because of “future political considerations… We didn’t want anything embarrassing appearing in the papers at a critical time.” “Most of the records are open,” said Dean spokeswoman Tricia Enright, adding there is “absolutely not” a “smoking gun” in those for which Dean has claimed “executive privilege.” Still, Dean’s efforts to keep official papers secret appear unusually extensive. Late last year, NEWSWEEK has learned, Dean’s chief counsel sent a directive to all state agencies ordering them to cull their files and remove all correspondence that bore Dean’s name—and ship them to the governor’s office to be reviewed for “privilege” claims. This removed a “significant number of records” from state files, said Michael McShane, an assistant Vermont attorney general.

    It is an odd move (especially as the “straight-talking” candidate), and is fraught with all kinds of potential attacks and innuendo.

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    By Steven Taylor

    It’s another two-fer Sunday at PoliBlog. From today’s Mobile Register:

    Don’t anticipate quick involvement by Supreme Court
    Special to the Register

    In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling on same-sex marriages, Alabamians naturally are wondering what the national effect of this ruling will be, and specifically how it will affect their state.

    Read the whole thing here.

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    By Steven Taylor

    In today’s Birmingham News:

    Dean riding steady course to party crown

    Even though we are still about six weeks from the first actual contest of the 2024 primary and caucus season, I am willing to state with confidence that the Democratic Party’s nomination is Howard Dean’s to lose. Barring a total collapse of his campaign, or some shocking revelation about the former Vermont governor, I can’t see any of the other Democrats catching him.

    The whole thing is here.

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