Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Morning copy 9.27.2005


CNN's story on Posse Comitatus:

Critics argue that putting active-duty troops on American streets would violate a long-standing tradition that keeps the military out of domestic law enforcement.

But Bush said he wanted to improve the federal response to a "catastrophic" event like Katrina, which left more than 1,000 people dead after it struck last month.

Washington Post: "FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid":

"What really frosts me about all this is, here is an administration that didn't do its job and now is trying to dig itself out by making right-wing groups happy," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

"Brownie" is still on the FEMA payroll and has a big day before the Congress today.

The New York Times reports that tougher bankruptcy laws are likely to hit Katrina victims hard:

"Six to nine months from now, FEMA will be gone, the church groups will be gone and creditors will once more be demanding their money," said Bradford W. Botes, a bankruptcy lawyer whose firm represented victims of Hurricane Ivan, which struck Florida a year ago.

GOP v. Conservatives

The Washington Post's lede really says it all:

Squeezed between a conservative clamor for spending cuts and the rising cost of hurricane relief, Republican congressional leaders will respond this week with a public relations offensive to win over angry conservatives -- but no substantive changes in budget policy.

War on terror

Top Zarqawi aide killed, WaPo.

A Baghdad neighborhood's troubles in the WaPo as well:

Like the rest of Baghdad, Karrada is messier, more beat up than it was before the invasion. Merchants leave some damage from bombings unrepaired, anticipating more violence. Rubbish tends to pile up in once-tidy streets, neglected by a weak, cobbled-together government.

The emerging Iraqi army in Slate:

Juwad's battalion—the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Brigade—has been stationed in Fallujah for eight months, arriving after the main battle. At first, they were reluctant to venture out from their base except in huge numbers. The nearby Marines—Battalion 1/6—took an interest in the jundis and invited them on joint patrols. As the months passed, the jundis learned patrolling techniques and gained self-confidence. By September, they were patrolling on their own, sometimes accompanied by a few advisers. Battalion 1/6 had stepped back to a supporting role. Operations were laid out in a weekly joint meeting, with the Iraqis submitting, in Arabic, their operational orders, using the standard template employed by all U.S. Army and Marine infantry battalions.

A year was frittered away in training the Iraqi army because the administration violated unity of wartime command. The administration created a Coalition Provisional Authority that set policy and allocated money for the Iraqi security forces, while the U.S. military remained responsible for security on the ground until the Iraqis could take care of it themselves. That separation between authority and responsibility was corrected about a year ago. Currently, when an Iraqi battalion is finished with basic training and assigned to an area, it is linked to an American battalion for mentoring and to ensure it will not disintegrate when first experiencing combat.

Page A16 in the Washington Post:

ROME, Sept. 26 -- An Internet video newscast called the Voice of the Caliphate was broadcast for the first time on Monday, purporting to be a production of al Qaeda and featuring an anchorman who wore a black ski mask and an ammunition belt.

The anchorman, who said the report would appear once a week, presented news about the Gaza Strip and Iraq and expressed happiness about recent hurricanes in the United States. A copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, was placed by his right hand and a rifle affixed to a tripod was pointed at the camera.

Scotland on Sunday has this about the Basra police force:

DEFENCE Secretary John Reid is planning to scrap the 25,000-strong police force in southern Iraq and replace it with a new military-style unit capable of maintaining law and order.

That did not work well when Bremer stood down the Iraqi army.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair will not announce an end to his tenure as PM, Guardian. Thus resulting in a rift:

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were again at odds last night over the timing of the "orderly transition" which will see the Labour leadership and the premiership pass between the two men at an undetermined point in the next three years.

After the chancellor had used his annual keynote speech to Labour's Brighton conference to set out his vision of what a "renewed" New Labour administration might be like, Blair aides signalled that the prime minister's own speech today show he has no intention of handing over the reins in the next 18 months, as the Brown camp wants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blair's one of the best Prime Ministers Britain has ever had.

8:26 PM  

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