WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq's army and police could be ready to take
over security in all 18 provinces by the end of this year as the U.S.
military moves toward a less prominent role in the country, U.S.
officials said on Thursday.
"We look at it every month. We make recommendations. I think that if
we continue along the path we're on now, we'll be able to do that by
the end of 2008," Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the No. 2 commander of U.S.
forces in Iraq, said when asked when Iraqi forces could take the lead
in all provinces.
If this works out as predicted, it will be good news for Major John and all the other Scribal friends either "over there" or on the way. H/t Ace
Shirley MacLaine's most recent literary effort includes a passage about Dennis Kucinich. He must be overjoyed:
Kucinich, she writes on page143-144 of the book, "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived
there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses
drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic
triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for
ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend.
He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his
The thank-you notes are probably piling up right now.
Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts
to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations
for counteracting it.-- AP
. . . I try to ignore the strangely self-absorbed antics of the political class, I really do, but it's like a highway pileup -- sometimes you just can't look away. At least I won't have to watch the well oiled fatty elbow undernourished Burmese monks and Salvation Army bell ringers out of his way as he takes the podium. There's something to be said for ONLY watching Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters on TV.