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George Bush Fesses Up

May 26th, 2006

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Yesterday, in a startling and uncharacteristic bout of honesty, President Bush admitted that he has talked tough on Iraq but that talk was totally empty.

PRESIDENT BUSH: “Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here—saying “bring it on,” kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner—you know, “wanted dead or alive,” that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted…” Read the rest of this entry »

Third Way in Iraq #13: Miracles Still Happen

May 25th, 2006

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May 25, 2006

Editors’ Note:

Tomorrow, Sean Barney will be discharged from the hospital and will return to Philadelphia to continue his rehabilitation.

All of Sean’s friends and collegues are overjoyed about his miraculous recovery, though we know that he has some tough times ahead to fully recover from his injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Way in Iraq #12: An Update on Sean’s Injuries

May 18th, 2006

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May 18, 2006

Editors Note:

As we indicated in our last posting, Sean was badly wounded in action in Fallujah and has been returned to the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Take the olive branch.

May 16th, 2006

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I won’t opine on the wisdom, or lack thereof, of using the National Guard to help secure the U.S./Mexican border. It’s not my area of expertise, and I personally don’t’ get a queasy feeling about “militarizing” our border. Five hundred thousand people illegally cross it each year; another million give it the ol’ college try. Let’s not pretend that there aren’t some serious problems in policing that barrier. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Way in Iraq #11: Wounded and Returned to America

May 16th, 2006

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May 16, 2006

Editors Note:

On May 12, Sean was seriously wounded in an ambush in Fallujah. While we do not yet know the details of the attack or if others in his unit were hurt, Sean was shot in the neck, treated in Iraq and quickly evacuated to Germany and then to Bethesda Medical Center in Maryland. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Way in Iraq #10: Life in a War Zone

May 16th, 2006

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(This arrived as a letter from Sean dated May 1, 2006)

Well, one month down, six months to go. Time is moving fairly quickly here. The days that we are patrolling or conducting other operations are hectic, so time flies. The days we are on the FOB security move more slowly, but they provide us a chance to rest our bodies. Read the rest of this entry »