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ARNETT HIRED

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ARNETT HIRED: Brit Hume mentioned this earlier, but I have now seen confirmation: Daily Mirror hires Peter Arnett. Not too surprising, I guess, given the sleazy nature of that tabloid. You have to love Arnett’s gall, though. His announcement upon being fired by NBC: Arnett, on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, said he was sorry […]

BLOG*SPOT SUCKS

Well, I have finally grown tired of Blog*Spot’s inability to maintain adequate server capacity and redundancy. It was bad enough when I was using their free service; it is simply theft when they’re charging for it. Not only is the site totally down or inordinately slow way too often but they offer virtually no customer […]

BLAME GAME

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BLAME GAME: Newsweek’s cover story, “A Plan Under Attack,” discusses the bureaucratic wrangling going on behind the scenes as well as some “lessons learned” Iraq may have taken from Somalia.

ARNETT ‘TOON

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ARNETT ‘TOON: Cox & Forkum provide their entry. I suspect others will be forthcoming.

MAP, WATCH, AND COMPASS

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MAP, WATCH, AND COMPASS: Tom Donnelly offers a withering attack on know-nothing war pundits. A taste: Now let’s consult the watch. How long does it take the thousands of vehicles in a U.S. heavy division–like, say, the 3rd Infantry Division–to drive past a single point? As every commuter knows, it depends on the size of […]

CAPTION CONTEST

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CAPTION CONTEST: Don’t forget to submit your entries in the latest OTB caption contest. There are several good entries already. The results will be announced after noon Eastern tomorrow.

SUPPLY WAR

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SUPPLY WAR: Lawrence Freedman offers superb analysis of the supply problems inherent in guerrilla warfare, noting the time-honored maxim that, “The drama of war lies in combat but the source of victory lies in logistics.”

OTB STATUS

OTB STATUS: I have to venture inside the beltway for a meeting, so no new posting for a few hours.

GERALDO BOOTED

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GERALDO BOOTED: A bad day all around for publicity hounds. Drudge reports Geraldo has been thrown out of Iraq after “giving away crucial details of future military operations during a live broadcast.” Michele reports that CNN has aired reports saying the same thing.

ANNOYING PUNDITS

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US News reports the Administration is briefing former President Clinton and is getting annoyed at TVs talking generals: The crowd of mouthy retired generals questioning the Pentagon’s tactics in the Iraq war is really starting to irk the White House and the Pentagon. “They’re out of control,” says a top Bush insider. “At best, their […]

GAME THEORY

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GAME THEORY: GeekPress links this piece on similiarities between war and poker.

LET SLEEPING POPE LIE

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LET SLEEPING POPE LIE: Paul McCartney has been asked to keep the volume down when his concert tour hits Rome, in order not to wake the Pope.

DUNNIGAN’S ROUNDUP

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DUNNIGAN’S ROUNDUP: StrategyPage’s daily Iraq summary evokes the movie Star Wars in discussing the inside debate on the military strategy, reveals that the Serbs have been giving Saddam tactical advice, and notes that most of the pundits have been wrong about, well, everything.

BAGHDAD PETE

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BAGHDAD PETE: He’s at it again: Reporter Arnett: U.S. War Plan Has Failed. Arnett said it is clear that within the United States there is growing opposition to the war and a growing challenge to President Bush about the war’s conduct. “Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are […]

SNAP JUDGMENTS

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SNAP JUDGMENTS: Former corporal William Safire makes some interesting observations about the war thus far. My favorite: 5. Most effective turnaround of longtime left-wing lingo: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s labeling of Uday’s paramilitaries as “death squads.” and 7. Most overdue revelation by the Pentagon: that Russia has long been smuggling sophisticated arms to Saddam’s regime with […]

FAST FOOD WAR?

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FAST FOOD WAR? Tim Hames rips the doomsayers, observing It would seem that, from the media coverage of the past week, the Big Mac effect also extends to warfare. If a conflict is not over in the time it takes to acquire and dispose of a cheeseburger, fries and strawberry shake, then something seriously disturbing […]

PAUSING REDUX NYT

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NYT: Infantry Attacks Baghdad Defense With First Probes. Maybe it’s time to change the battery in that remote. . . .

PAUSING TOWARD BAGHDAD

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PAUSING TOWARD BAGHDAD: The units that went on a 4-6 day pause yesterday are moving closer to Baghdad. Franks must have accidentally hit the “super-slow-mo” button rather than “pause.” Happens to me all the time.

BATTLEFIELD EUROPE

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BATTLEFIELD EUROPE: Walter Russell Mead has an amusing and inciteful analysis of the Franco-German partnership (via LATimes, requires free registration). I particularly love this passage: They may be partners, but France and Germany have different visions of what that union should be. Think of France as a kid who loves and knows basketball — how […]

WINNING?

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WINNING? Marky Steyn goes out on a limb and predicts a Coalition victory in this war. A snippet for my female and/or gay readers out there: Gen. Tommy Franks has been transformed from the new MacArthur into the new MacArthur Park: Someone left his cakewalk in the rain, we don’t think that he can take […]

MATH LESSON

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MATH LESSON: Much has been posted about the idiot anthropology prof at Columbia who wanted Iraq to become “a million Mogadishus.” Cato the Youngest does the math. Great read.

25,000!

25,000! OTB has passed the 25,000 visitor mark. While the site is still an Insignificant Microbe in the great wide blogosphere, it’s making steady progress considering it started a little under two months ago. Thanks to all who visit and, especially, link to the site.

CONFLICTING PROPAGANDA

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CONFLICTING PROPAGANDA: WaPo has me confused. All of these were on the front of their website a few minutes ago: Outrage Spreads in Arab World, Channel-Surfing Carnage of War, Saudis’ Anger At U.S. Grows, and Images of Destruction Inflict Setback for U.S. Propaganda War Which I find to be in strange juxtaposition with photos like […]

NEW CAPTION CONTEST

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NEW CAPTION CONTEST: From Drudge: Write your own caption in the Comments below.

WARS ARE UGLY

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Former Reagan SecNav James Webb compares this war to Vietnam. The enemy’s tactics are similar: Other reports corroborate the direction that the war, as well as its aftermath, promises to take: Iraqi militiamen, in civilian clothes, firing weapons and disappearing inside the anonymity of the local populace. So-called civilians riding in buses to move toward […]

TERROR LINKS REDUX

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TERROR LINKS REDUX: And more still.

TERROR LINKS

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TERROR LINKS: Yet more evidence that Saddam and Islamic terrorist groups are working together against their common enemy, internecine squabbles or no.

CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS

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CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS: The caption contest for Friday’s pic has ended: The winners: 1st April with, “Our intelligence sources have confirmed that Saddam does, in fact, have a dick this small…” 2nd Nan with, “With a snap of his fingers, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld demonstrates how long he estimates the French would have lasted […]

TRAGEDY OF THE ARABS

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Ralph Peters correctly points out the Arab media is once again setting their citizens up for a rude awakening when Iraq inevitably falls. Certainly true. Indeed, even relatively modern Egypt still has all sorts of memorials to the 1973 war with Israel, in which they were soundly thumped, hailing it as a massive victory. Peters […]

STRATEGIC DISCONNECT

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STRATEGIC DISCONNECT: The collection of stories in WaPo this morning would seem to indicate some political wrangling and dodging on the war front. The lead story, “War’s Military, Political Goals Begin to Diverge” gives the impression of a major clash between Rumsfeld and the rest of theOffice of the Secretary of Defense and the combatant […]

REWARD: NYT reports Saddam Hussein

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REWARD: NYT reports Saddam Hussein honored the suicide bomber who killed four U.S. soldiers on Saturday with a posthumous promotion, medals and a huge financial windfall for his family.

THE ARMY’S GAMBLE

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THE ARMY’S GAMBLE: James Kitfield has a superb behind the scenes look at the planning and logistics of the current campaign. The audacity and fluidity of the strategy is remarkable. The debate about the TipFid toward the end is particularly instructive; it’s the best explanation I’ve seen about why some of the generals are unhappy […]

MORALITY GAP

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MORALITY GAP: RealClear Politics has an excellent commentary on the comparative treatment of POWs by Coalition and Iraqi forces. This is not a holier than thou tirade or an indictment of all of Islam. It is, however, a recognition of the truth that our enemies – Iraqi soldiers and terrorists of all stripes – are […]

BAATH TIME

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BAATH TIME: Gulf Daily News, “The Voice of Bahrain,” reports Coalition forces killed 200 members of Saddam’s Baath party in a missile attack.

NO, SADDAM’S NOT A TERRORIST

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NO, SADDAM’S NOT A TERRORIST: Saddam: I’ll hit UK with terror squads.

CHAIN OF COMMAND

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CHAIN OF COMMAND: New Yorker Magazine reports that civilian control of the military indeed exists.

BLOGSHARES, REDUX

BLOGSHARES, REDUX: For what it’s worth–which is to say nothing–I’m currently the #1 player on Blogshares.

BLOGSHARES

BLOGSHARES: The blogmarket I mentioned last night has now moved to its permanent location:

STEALTH TANKS?

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STEALTH TANKS? NYT reports several Coalition efforts to weaken the Baath Party’s grip including this one: In the first foray of a psychological campaign intended to turn residents of Basra against the ruling Baath Party, British armored units sneaked into the besieged city last night and destroyed two statues, presumably of President Saddam Hussein, British […]

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

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CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? WaPo reports looting and other “lawlessness” taking place in southern Iraq as government forces are driven out and Coalition forces continue their march towards Baghdad. Villagers in Mushirij gathered today outside the command post of the Fusiliers’ Zulu Company, complaining loudly that while the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, dubbed […]

ON DISSENT

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Norman Mitchell (via RCP) argues that anti-war protesters are helping Saddam: When you protest now, you encourage Saddam Hussein, giving him the impression he enjoys more support here than he actually does. You are simply prolonging the war, not shortening it. Our troops do hear about protesters. As a veteran, I can say that it […]

UAVs OVER IRAQ

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UAVs OVER IRAQ: StrategyPage analyzes the role of UAVs and other technology in Iraq. The multitude of UAV types–nine others in addition to the Predator–is interesting.

PROTEST PIC

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PROTEST PIC: An Iraqi woman joins an anti-war protest in Kuala Lumpur March 29, 2003. An estimated 5,000 Malaysians took to the streets in a demonstration organized by activists from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s ruling party along with non-partisan groups. Photo by Zainal Abd Halim/Reuters

HUMAN RIGHTS

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HUMAN RIGHTS: Amitai Etzioni reports that a 15-year-old Scottish schoolgirl is claiming that being put on detention violates her rights under Article V of the European Convention on Human Rights. No word yet on France’s position.

MEDIA ON MEDIA

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MEDIA ON MEDIA: Washington Times reports the press corps dismisses complaints that they’re reporting the war unfairly. I guess they would know. My apologies for any unkind words I may have written about the media.

TAKING A BREAK?

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TAKING A BREAK? WaPo/Reuters report that US commanders have ordered a 4-6 day pause because of supply shortages and stiff Iraqi resistance. Many of the details in the story strike me as suspicious. For one thing, the M1 Abrams runs on diesel, not gasoline. For another, it is highly unlikely that any heavy division embarked […]

COVERT OPS

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COVERT OPS: WaPo reports that joint CIA-SpecOps teams are working to kill key Iraqi leaders.

KURDS V. KURDS

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KURDS V. KURDS: Yet more evidence that the war in Iraq is part of the larger war on terrorism.

SUICIDE BOMBER

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SUICIDE BOMBER: If more evidence were needed that we’re not fighting a civilized enemy, this would certainly cinch it.

GLORY?

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GLORY? Love this headline from Reuters: US Pilots ‘Bask in Glory’ of Bombing Baghdad. Oddly, it portrays American pilots in a bad light, contrasting their lust for killing with the poor Iraqi civilians being killed. Smoke and fire light the night sky of Baghdad after an air strike March 28, 2003. The United States staged […]

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