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The War over Iraq; Zoellick at the Bank?; Intel Failure Redux

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The Political War Over the Iraq War
By John Isaacs | May 30, 2007

What seems like a huge defeat—scrapping the deadlines for troop withdrawal in the latest war-funding bill—could instead be a minor setback. Unfortunately, however, it has become all too clear that President Bush wants to draw out the Iraq War until he can hand off the mess to his successor. Read full story.

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Robert Zoellick
President Bush’s nominee to replace Paul Wolfowitz at the helm of the World Bank is regarded as a non-ideological member of the Republican Party elite, despite his support for neoconservative-led advocacy campaigns aimed at driving the country to war. Zoellick also has a long history of unilateral tendencies.

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Blame It on the Management
By Emad Mekay | May 30, 2007

It was Paul Wolfowitz’s bad choices that sealed his fate at the World Bank, insiders say, and not his role in the Iraq War. Read full story.

Heads in the Sand
By Jim Lobe | May 29, 2007

The pre-war intelligence reports that foresaw the disaster in Iraq prove that the Bush administration ignored experts’ warnings. Read full story.

Right Web Profile: David Jeremiah
A retired admiral and current adviser to the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Jeremiah has close ties to both the government and the defense industry.

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