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The Weekend Journal: June 29-July 1, 2007

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100+ U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq for 3rd Straight Month

The news is dominated by a different kind of grime and grimness in the United States—the Supreme Court's triumphal reversal to pre-Brown v. Board of Education, back to its 1920s mindset—but the Iraq Casualties site Friday morning recorded the 100th American soldier's death in Iraq this month, marking the first time in this war that American troops have lost 100 or more soldiers three months in a row. This, during the "surge," while Iraqis have suffered equally surging casualties, equally record-breaking kill tallies. What am I saying? Not equally, but vastly more deadly. While the press was reporting Friday's killing of five American soldiers in southern Baghdad, news of at least 60 Iraqis killed that single day was buried a bit further down. The day's final tally will be closer to double that number as figures are collected from around the country (the beheadings, the disappeared, the outright murders). Think about that for a moment. More Iraqis die in a single day than any month's American tally. Then think about the anguish those American tallies generate here. And think about the absence of anguish generated by Iraqi tallies—here, but not in Iraq. The contrast begins to explain why Artabs resent Americans' attitudes so much, why they see blind, celebratory chest-pumping military sites like Black Five or its even more craven Michael Yon equivalent (Michael Yon is America's Baghdad Bob) and feel nothing but bile for American cluelessness.

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Off the Teletype

For once, Bush admits defeat. From the Post: “He looked uncharacteristically dejected as he approached the lectern, fiddling with papers as he talked and avoiding the sort of winking eye contact he often makes with reporters. And then President Bush did something he almost never does: He admitted defeat. "A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn't find a common ground," he said an hour after his immigration plan died on Capitol Hill. "It didn't work."”

Actually, it couldn't work, and in large part because of Bush himself. He did his best on this bill. But his seven years of misrule are catching up to him. The tone of divisiveness, of partisanship at any cost, of policy by attack-ad reasoning, is coming home to roost. You cannot rule with imperious dogmatism one moment then expect your congress to turn around and embrace your desire for bi-partisanship the next. Rank expedience has its limits. Bush just discovered it.

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Ohdave on the Supreme's Re-Segregation

“Desegration hasn't been without its problems. Notably, the lack of neighborhood schools as a result of busing kids across the city to achieve racial balance has made parent involvement a challenge for many urban districts. If there is a cloud in this lining, it is that maybe some districts will move towards a neighborhood school concept that allows for greater parental involvement and a greater role for the school in the evening lives of kids, through better extracurricular programs and after school programs. Unfortunately, neighborhood schools, when they are poor, Black, and neglected, also represent the danger desegration sought to address.” The full post at Into My Own...

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THE DAILY JOURNAL: FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007
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