Saturday, May 06, 2006

One of those mysteries

Porter Goss on why he was forced out: “it’s one of those mysteries.” They stopped letting him give the daily briefing to Bush because that’s how he answered every single question.

Enter that veritable Hercule Poirot, Gen. Michael Hayden. His appointment is a sign that the CIA’s intelligence-gathering is being given priority over its covert action side, which Rumsfeld has largely poached for himself.

By the way, is not Kyle “Dusty” Foggo the bestest name ever for a CIA official? Le Carré by way of Dickens.

Follow-up: those officials sent to explain to the UN Committee Against Torture that we don’t torture claimed that “rendition” is legal under the Convention Against Torture so long as the rendee was caught outside the US, that is, the convention’s “obligations do not apply extraterritorially.”

A British helicopter is shot down over Basra, crashes and bursts into flames, sending up plumes of British understatement: the BBC says the crash “sparks unrest”; the Guardian says the reaction of Basrans shows “discontent” over the foreign occupation. You mean dancing around the burning helicopter filled with dead, crispy soldiers, that sort of discontent? And setting armored vehicles on fire and throwing stones at British soldiers, is that what you mean by unrest?

I’m a little curious about the press. How many of them were wandering around the rioting? I mean, these two pictures of the same stone-throwing kid come from two different photographers working for two different news agencies.

Mad dogs and English soldiers...

Some more Basrans. Not a female in sight.

Didn’t I see this in the preview for Mission Impossible 3?

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