Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Barack Wins The Terrible" and Kat's "Kat's Korner: Cher and the too far gone 70s" both went up last night. Be sure to read Kat's outstanding review.
In "Roundtable," I noted I was voting for Jill Stein for governor. Just disclosing that. I came to the decision this weekend. I'll be voting in the mid-terms. I'm not sure if I'll vote for any other office. Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate. If you live in my state, please consider checking out her website. She may or may not be right for you, that's up to you to decide; however, I know she's gotten very little media coverage so you may not be familiar with her.
The NewsHour (PBS) tonight covered the WikiLeaks release:
MARGARET WARNER: Is -- what -- do you agree, Professor Mearsheimer, that this indicates something about the cost of the sort of surge-and--transition strategy that we're now following in Afghanistan, where you surge in a lot of U.S. troops, you try to secure things enough, but then you pretty quickly start handing off responsibility?
JOHN MEARSHEIMER: Well, I disagree with Peter.
First of all, Iraq was not a sovereign state. The United States invaded Iraq. And we basically ran Iraq for many years, including many of the years in which these abuses were taking place. We were in charge.
Secondly, it's quite clear from the documents that numerous cases are found where Americans were reporting these abuses. The problem is that people further up the chain of command, both the military and civilian individuals, didn't do anything to stop it.
There is no question that the Americans knew what was going on. It's not like this was happening in the dark, and we only suspected it and didn't really know about it. We knew about it, and we didn't do anything to stop it. We effectively turned a blind eye. And this was strategically foolish and, I think, morally bankrupt.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: