Does the IS Curve Slope Upwards?
Jeff Frankel on How the Republicans Have Forgotten Who They Work For

Why We Are in Iraq, According to Leon Panetta

Duncan Black watches Leon Panetta say something that is simply false:

Eschaton: Maintaining The Official Village Myths: Apparently it's job 1.

Panetta made his remarks during his his inaugural visit to Iraq as Pentagon chief. Speaking to about 100 soldiers at Camp Victory, the largest U.S. military installation in Baghdad, he said his primary goal as defense secretary was to defeat al-Qaeda worldwide.

“The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked,” Panetta told the troops. “And 3,000 Americans — 3,000 not just Americans, 3,000 human beings, innocent human beings — got killed because of al-Qaeda. And we’ve been fighting as a result of that.”