There really is nothing very new about the gnashing of teeth and the dire predictions in the world of “respectable” journalism over the prospect of Rupert Murdoch assuming control of the Wall Street Journal. Actually, Murdoch’s purchase of several other “main line” publications over the years, including the Times of London, have raised similar alarms from elitists who populate the editorial side of the declining U.S. newspaper industry.
The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.
In a stinging rebuke to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman responded to questions Clinton raised in May in which she urged the Pentagon to start planning now for the withdrawal of American forces.
A copy of Edelman’s response, dated July 16, was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.
An ill-tempered Senate stalemate may have bought President George W. Bush two more months for his Iraq troop “surge” but a pivotal and even more testy showdown looms over the war’s fate in September.
Democrats failed on Wednesday to overcome blocking maneuvers by Bush’s allies, as a thinning line of Republican support held firm against their latest drive to get most US troops home by the end of next April.
A September report on President George W. Bush’s strategy in Iraq will show whether the plan is progressing, but a fuller assessment will take until November, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday.
Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, deputy U.S. commander in Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon that trends in the war-torn country have begun moving “in the right direction” since Bush’s troop buildup became complete in mid-June.
A U.S. judge on Thursday threw out former CIA analyst Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials for disclosing her identity to the public.
Plame has said her career was destroyed when administration officials blew her cover in 2003 to retaliate against her husband, Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson.
The couple had sought money damages from the officials for violating their constitutional free speech, due process and privacy rights.
U.S. District Court Judge John Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds.