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U.S. steps up convert ops in Iran

U.S. congressional leaders agreed late last year to President George W. Bush’s funding request for a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing its leadership, according to a report in The New Yorker magazine published online on Sunday.

‘Poor planning…lack of vision’

US military operations in Iraq following the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein suffered from poor planning and lack of vision, according to an army report released Sunday.

The 696-page report, called "On Point II: Transition to the New Campaign," is the army’s historical account of the 18 months following President George W. Bush’s declaration of the end of major combat in May 2003.

Military leaders and civilian officials were fixated on military triumph and removing Saddam from power, but paid too little attention to the phases that would follow, said the report posted on the army’s combined arms center website.

So, who’s responsible?

Rather than do something productive to increase fuel supplies, Congress wastes time hunting bogeymen and fabricating distractions. Lately they have excoriated Big Oil for the cardinal sin of "under-investing" in alternative energy.

Our broken government

Every day there is another example of how our government is broken.

The presidential candidates are so busy assuring us that they have good values, love their country and will give us cheaper energy that they have no time to talk about broken government.

In Washington, hypocrisy is forever

Exactly a decade ago Washington’s social elites went into a pearl-clutching swoon over Bill Clinton lying to the nation — and, far less forgivably, to them — about the details of his sex life.

‘Tis better to flip than flop

As one who stands tall like a lighthouse in a storm, the waves beating futilely against my rock foundations, my literary lamp has always shone in regular intervals to keep simple mariners away from life’s shoals.

Another racial slur by Don Imus?

Don Imus is defending a remark he made about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones, saying he was trying to "make a sarcastic point."

Imus spoke Tuesday on his morning show about the on-air comments that sparked a flurry of criticism. Months ago, he pledged to mend the wounds caused by a racist remark about a women’s basketball team.

The high cost of economic stimulus

Those "economic stimulus" checks Americans are getting aren’t coming cheap. The federal government now estimates the cost of printing, mailing and administering the program to reach as much as $1 billion.

Comedian George Carlin dead at 71

George Carlin, the dean of counterculture comedians whose biting insights on life and language were immortalized in his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV" routine, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 71.