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  1. -01-11-07 A Cynical Deconstruction of Bush's Speech (MSNBC Hardblogger)
      Bob Shrum comments on President Bush's speech on January 10th, 2007. 01-07

  2. -01-11-07 How Republicans Win If Iraq Is Lost (
      "IF YOU THINK the growing similarity between Iraq and Vietnam is tragic but inadvertent, you're not being cynical enough."

      "The surge makes Bush look, as Goldberg suggests, like he really wants to win, even as he refuses to take the necessary and honest steps to mitigate the terrible damage we've already done. The surge buys time — and meanwhile, the Democratic Party is placed in the same untenable position it was in during the last stages of the Vietnam War." 01-07

  3. -Editorial: A Cynical View of "The Surge" (MSNBC News)
      "The likelihood of Maliki stepping up to the task [of controlling the Shiite militia] is so remote that some lawmakers see the Bush surge as a kind of secret exit plan. In their view, Bush knows he’s got a bad deal, and Maliki will never purge the Mahdi army; when the Iraqi prime minister fails to deliver, Bush can blame the Iraqis for being weak and feckless and corrupt, and begin to withdraw U.S. troops. Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dubs this scenario 'blame and run.' "

      "There is [also] a widespread view that the war is lost, and Bush is postponing the inevitable until after he leaves office—or worse, preparing to widen the war to Iran and Syria rather than accept defeat." 01-07

  4. -Editorial: Reaction to Bush's Plans to Expand War Into Iran (MSNBC News)
      "Only this president, only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude, could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran." 01-07

  5. 02-01-07 Thom Hartmann to Replace Al Frankin on Air America (
      "Yesterday, Al Franken announced that he'll end his run on Air America on February 14. He's widely reported to be considering running for the US Senate in Minnesota in 2008 - against Senator Norm Coleman (R)."

      "In a number of communities across the country, the Al Franken Show had already been replaced by the nationally syndicated Thom Hartmann Show. Now, all the remaining Air America venues will also shift to the Thom Hartmann Show - extending Thom's reach to some 75-80 stations." 01-07

  6. Editorial: Democrats Are Enthusiastic About Presidential Candidates (MSNBC News)
      "Clinton and Obama are generating an enthusiasm among Democrats not seen since Kennedy was in the White House." 02-07


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