Along with Kat's "Kat's Korner: Doris Day, Rob Crow and what's left unsaid" -- incredible review, wish I'd written it -- Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Non-apology" (above) went up Sunday.
I hope you read C.I.'s "NYT and Scott Shane get bitchy about Camp Ashraf" this morning and I'm guessing a lot of people did. I had e-mailed Jim asking him if he'd log in and check the stats on it and just let me know if it was "not popular," "popular" or "really popular." (I didn't want numbers.) He called me back and said it was "hugely popular." I can see why.
It's the sort of catch The Daily Howler should have made but it only focuses on campaigns these days (and education). The paper was reprimanded by their public editor for doing this type of article on Camp Ashraf in July (public editor weighed in in September on the July article) and here they go and do it again today.
And not only does C.I. call them out for that, she also calls Shane out for his embarrassing single-sentence about the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this month. Because she attended it (and reported on it), C.I. knows what went down in that hearing. Camp Ashraf was raised (to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense and General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint-Chiefs of Staff) by Senators Carl Levin, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Biden.
And Levin warned that if Camp Ashraf were attacked again, the government of Iraq would no longer be trusted by the US Congress.
That was in the hearing even if snotty Scotty Shane couldn't report on it.
I called C.I. and got her as she was going into something so she only had a few minutes. (She was going to be speaking to a group tonight. I don't know if they were college, labor, high school, women or a seniors group.) She said that she had not planned to write any of that this morning and was instead going to do an entry entitled "Iraq and its neighbors." She was going to note Turkey and Syria and Iran. She chose to start with Iran and that's why the piece begins: "Iran borders Iraq on the east and we'll start there. " She planned to start with Iran and work around. But she'd spent the bulk of the morning on the second entry -- she writes both at the same time -- and the violence and got a phone call about the NYT piece. At which point, she went to town and then some.
It's a great piece.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"