In a nutshell.

Glenn Greenwald:

This is how it goes endlessly with people like [Washington Post editorial page editor Fred] Hiatt: (1) If X does not happen, there is no justification for staying; (2) X has not happened; (3) we must stay. That is why nothing they say has any meaning. Staying in Iraq is always the only real goal. Everything else is just pretext and blather to continue to do that.

Having waited until he lost re-election…

Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee quits the Republican party. (h/t Meme)

Operation Iraq Liberation

Alan Greenspan confirms what we’ve known for a long time. From The Sunday Times of London (h/t Libby Spencer @ The Impolitic):

In his long-awaited memoir, to be published tomorrow, Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure as head of the US Federal Reserve was widely admired, will also deliver a stinging critique of President George W Bush’s economic policies.

However, it is his view on the motive for the 2003 Iraq invasion that is likely to provoke the most controversy. “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,” he says.

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

Rachel Maddow (h/t Ellroon @ Rants from the Rookery):

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