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Pentagon classifies fiction
The Iraq War short story classified as a state secret
Major General’s alternate history “How All This Ends: It’s Fourth and Long” is ‘national security’ risk

In a reflective piece of fiction set after the War in Iraq concludes, then-Major General David A. Fastabend outlines a strategy for victory: He said the United States needed bold, decisive moves, a focus on local reconciliation and, perhaps most controversially, a willingness to cut deals with insurgent organizations.

Written in 2007 and set in 2009, it would become a piece of alternative history, a what-could-have-been. And after word of it was spread by Thomas E. Ricks’ book, The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, its existence was first denied and then its text classified.


The M in MICC has been doing that sort of censorship for a long time. I wouldn’t read neither book but that’s just MO.


Of course, we cut deals with “insurgents” all the time. But reconciliation would be awesome.

It seems that every day, more proof emerges that we have become the oppressor we love to pretend that we fight in the movies. Psyops, banning books….



For the summer festivals — often leafy affairs for families, picnics, and a bit of Shakespeare under the stars — the venting has been a jarring reminder of the country’s political divisions. And while company directors say that Shakespeare, whose works are wildly adaptable to a variety of social contexts, is no stranger to controversy, the current maelstrom has taken their breath away.

“You have to understand, we work primarily with a 400-year-old playwright: There’s been a lot of water over the dam,” said Shakespeare & Company artistic director Allyn Burrows. “I don’t know that it’s ever been this acute. We’ve had people express severe incredulity, but we’re in an environment now where the verbal gloves are off.”

New York’s Public Theater, whose staging of “Julius Caesar” features a title character in a telltale orangeish wig, long red tie, and unbuttoned overcoat, has been widely condemned in conservative circles, prompting corporate sponsors Delta Air Lines and Bank of America to withdraw their support. The play, a cautionary tale about the perils of power, has been adapted by various companies over the years to feature title characters reminiscent of Italian strongman Benito Mussolini and former presidents John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama.

But the Trump depiction has hit a nerve, prompting the National Endowment for the Arts to distance itself from the production, and unleashing a powerful stream of invective against the Public, an off-Broadway darling that’s earned recent acclaim for helping to develop “Hamilton.”


oh, geez, the NEA? Worried about their funding?


US Continues To Attack Syria In “Self Defense” To Provoke Assad Retaliation

To get a picture of what this revised strategy for Syria looks like, try this: imagine that your neighbor breaks into your house, comes into your living room, and stands very close to you. He takes up as much of your space as he possibly can, stands in front of you so you can’t see, breathes down your neck, puts his hands in your pockets, takes your food out of your hand when you try to eat. If during this time you accidentally brush up against your neighbor, he screams at you and slaps you in the face. And you know during all this that if at any time you retaliate by slapping him back, your neighbor will murder you and take your house.

This is what we are seeing in Syria today, where yet another deadly attack on Assad’s forces has been carried out by US military invaders in the name of “self defense” in order to provoke a response from the Syrian government so that the US power establishment can finally get its regime change war.



A leading option in the Senate’s ObamaCare repeal-and-replace debate is to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid spending than the bill passed by the House, according to lobbyists and aides.

The proposal would start out the growth rate for a new cap on Medicaid spending at the same levels as the House bill, but then drop to a lower growth rate that would cut spending more, known as CPI-U, starting in 2025, the sources said.

That proposal has been sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for analysis, a Senate GOP aide said.


Where are their mothers and fathers? what happened in their lives and how might I change it?


Chickenshi(t)s–look at when the cuts will start. No wonder digby almost blew a gasket the other day. McCrapnell and the boys really think we are all rubes.



Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday denied that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of climate change.

Asked in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” whether he believed that carbon dioxide was “the primary control knob for the temperature of the Earth and for climate,” Perry said that “No, most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.”

Perry added that “the fact is this shouldn’t be a debate about, ‘Is the climate changing, is man having an effect on it?’ Yeah, we are. The question should be just how much, and what are the policy changes that we need to make to effect that?”

Perry’s comments fall in line with what Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said in a March interview on the program. Pruitt said then that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

Both men’s views contradict the conclusions of scientists at Pruitt’s own EPA as well as NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.



LOL Someone’s missing from this poll. Well I guess he’s officially not a Dem


Among a current list of possible 2020 candidates, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the most popular Democrat who is not named Joe Biden.

A new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll found that just over half of Democratic voters (51 percent) have a favorable view of the progressive icon, well short of the 74 percent of party faithful who view the former vice president favorably.

The June 8-June 12 survey asked registered Democratic voters if they had favorable or unfavorable view of 19 Democratic politicians who are viewed as possible contenders to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 if he runs for re-election.

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That IS funny!


No doubt they would and then finding out its true go right back into a coma




A New Harvard Study Just Shattered the Biggest Myth About Bernie Supporters

did i just see this here? if so, sorry. just what we knew–minorities love the bern.

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Yuck, yuck, yuck! 🙂


LD: I know you have been a yeoman battling the tech gremlins on here full-bore. The constant repetition of whole chunks/sections of posts is making it hard to follow. 🙁

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