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Blamestorming Haditha

Saturday, Jun. 03, 2006 2:52 AM

More meaningless dribble from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld:

"We know that 99.9 percent of our forces conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. We also know that in conflicts things that shouldn't happen do happen."

But this is now the second time that bothersome one-tenth of a percent has come to the forefront, and the second time that something which shouldn't have happened, did. Or was there some other kind of review that took place in the wake of Abu Ghraib?

Oh, wait. It's not our fault, but the Iraqis' fault.

"My assessment of the situation is that the government that has been elected under the new constitution needs to appoint a defense minister and a minister of interior and get about the task of governing the country," said Rumsfeld.

Except the incident at Haditha happened in November of 2005.

The elections were in December.


Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is promising his government will conduct their own investigation into the Haditha massacre, as well as other incidents resulting in civilian casualties.

Of course, White House Spokesworm Tony Snow is saying that U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told him that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had told him that he had been misquoted in regards to the above.

Snow couldn't explain how, exactly.


There's a new trend cropping up at major sporting events.

Faith Night.

Instead of traditional tailgating, you get a prayer meeting. Forget the bobble-head dolls of players – take home a bobble-head Moses.

The Atlanta Braves plan three such outings this summer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have one on the boards for August.

Evangelical Christians think it's an opportunity to bring the Word to people, while executives consider anything that boosts ticket sales to be a good thing.

IMHO, on the rare occasion I go to an actual game, I'm going to see a game, not get glad-handed by Christians. I'd feel the same way if it were the Moonies, or the Hari Krishnas, or Jehovahs Witnesses.

I'm wondering how long it will be before someone sues a Major League Baseball franchise for discrimination.


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