BLOGWATCH: America’s Middle East Commander “resigns”

  • Stop hyperventilating, the war is not back on: Steve Clemons, The Washington Note
    Admiral William “Fox” Fallon — CentCom Commander — has been fired for insubordination, for not stewarding his own views about war and peace privately and in a way that did not embarrass his commander in chief. By numerous accounts, President Bush was absolutely enraged by an Esquire article  — since amended noting Fallon’s demise — that posited that Admiral Fallon was not on the same page as President Bush and that he was the single military man standing between war and peace. Rumors are running rampant now in the aftermath of Fallon’s resignation today that Bush called a war room gathering on Saturday this past weekend — and launched plans to hatch a strike of some sort on Iran this spring. Internet bulletin boards, listserves, and chatter among many on the left and the right are hyperventilating (and some excited) about the prospects of a hot conflict with Iran. My sources in the intelligence arena, in various command staff operations, near Defense Secretary Gates, and even in the White House tell me that nothing structural has changed in America’s stance towards Iran.
  • Bush takes military leaders seriously…if they listen to him: The Carpetbagger Report
  • Esquire’s role in Fallon’s downfall : Hot Air
  • A win for Gen. David Petraeus?


  • PNG’s role in keeping Australia’s emissions down: Robert Merkel, Larvatus Prodeo
    The average vehicle on Australian roads is ten years old . That trend is unlikely to change quickly; you can safely conclude that virtually all the Ford Territories, HSV Clubsports and Lexus LS470s being bought today — let alone the next few years — will still be on the road in 2020. … So much of our transport emissions over the next decade and a half is already locked in. The timescale for replacing Australia’s baseload coal-fired power stations with something more efficient (and that includes renewables) is similarly long; while we might stabilize emissions from the electricity sector by 2020, I very much doubt we’ll make substantial cuts before then without going on something akin to a war footing; the appetite for such substantial sacrifices isn’t clear to me. But the roadmap from the Bali climate change conference implied emissions cuts by rich countries of 25-40% by 2020 . How is this circle going to be squared? I suspect this question has been keeping Penny Wong, and the rest of the federal Cabinet, rather busy. And a big clue can be found in Ross Garnaut’s interim climate change report, and Kevin Rudd’s activities in Papua New Guinea recently.
  • Canada’s big banks ranked on climate change: National Post
  • PETA protests KFC cruelty with babes in a cage: PETA  
  • The Green Homes Concierge Service: The Telegraph


  • The bowel movement hits the big time: Leslie Crawford, Salon
    I looked, all right? This morning, I took a long and unflinching gaze. How do I say this without sounding boastful? There in the bowl was a real beauty, my reward for yesterday’s hearty oatmeal breakfast and black bean and rice dinner. It was the kind of (how do we settle on a comfortable euphemism?) ejecta that would make Mom proud…I am hardly alone in poring over “What’s Your Poo Telling You?” Not only does poo have a lot to tell you, but lately scores of Americans seem anxious to listen. Last spring, Chronicle Books printed 20,000 copies of the little brown book, mostly to be sold as a novelty in Urban Outfitters. Today it has sold more than 225,000 in big-box bookstores nationwide. Apparently its success is proof that at long last poo has come out of the water closet.
  • Memo to the Opposition: Spare us the caring act: Peter Martin

  • The fairytale story of how The NYTimes nabbed Spitzer: The New York Observer

  • Good reasons not to buy Gucci: The Age

  • The website that edits while you wait: Gramlee


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