Saturday, May 01, 2004

More quick hits

* Jeff Jarvis outlines the recent imbroglio at the FCC, where a battle between a "moral minority" an "edgy elite" is taking place.

* The British have uncovered their own torture scandal in Iraq.

* Geov Parrish asks, "Remember Afghanistan?"

* Happy Labor Day!

* More Treasury Department agents track Fidel Castro than Osama Bin Laden. How emblematic is this of the ineptitude of the "war on terror"?

* "Seven months after Congress approved the largest foreign aid package in history to rebuild Iraq, less than 5 percent of the $18.4 billion has been spent and occupation officials have begun shifting more than $300 million earmarked for reconstruction projects to administrative and security expenses," the Washington Post reports.

* Shaun Waterman of UPI reports on how the investigation into the oil-for-food scandal at the UN is likely to evolve.

* "One year after President George W Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq," Jim Lobe reports, "the United States appears to be teetering on the brink of strategic defeat in its Mesopotamian adventure."

* The United States is not stuck in a quagmire in Iraq, says Naomi Klein. Rather, "it is free-falling off a cliff. The only question now is: who will follow the Bush clan off this precipice, and who will refuse to jump?"

* Ray McGovern undresses Bob Woodward, the "Court Historian." As McGovern notes, an examination of Plan of Attack reveals that Woodward just doesn't get it, since the Bush administration's preoccupation with WMD was always a sham.

* George Packer has some critical remarks about bloggers.