First the news: The New York Times this morning reports that the Iraq Study Group is recommending a pullback of combat troops. This is the James. A. Baker and Lee Hamilton-led, 10 person, bipartisan panel. It's not setting a timetable, but calling for a gradual pullback of the 15 brigades over there.
Now the commentary:
Atrios says it's not going to happen.
The lefty from Philly writes:
Barring tremendous political leadership by, well, our political leaders we aren't leaving. Leaving is losing. Bush has made this clear.
Texas Hold 'Em writes:
Let me get this straight: many of the same people who screwed up the Gulf War in the early 1990s by leaving before the job was finished, encouraging the Iraqi people to finish it and then bailing on them now want us to do the exact same thing again.
And from the middle, the Moderate Voice writes:
You can already tell that some on the right will dismiss the report as not allowing enough latitude to win. And some on the left will say it doesn't set deadlines. But it's clear that the members of the commission aren't endorsing a policy status quo: if next year is not marked by troop withdrawals, the administration is likely to face a "pile on" of bad news cycles where it's under fire from some former commission members and Democrats, who want a speedier timetable. Plus, the already marked differences between members of Bush 41 Administration and Bush 43 Administration become even more marked and, most likely, public.
Not sure whether to file this under sports or education, but Freddie Mitchell apparently went from 4th and 26 to Saved by the Bell. The spotlight-if-not-football grabbing former Eagle receiver wound up in a Deadspin reader exclusive regarding his previously unheralded role teaching Indiana teens this summer. The report alleges Fred-Ex spent a bit of time trying to get the 411 of young lady fans before being dismissed.
This goes under sports: Swing & a Miss writes how this is the magic moment for the Phillies; they're poised to win the hearts of long-suffering Philadelphia sports fans. It's sunny for Philadelphia: "The Eagles, Flyers and Sixers are all down and out, a cheerless mixture of aging veterans, disappointing rookies, front office upheavals and questionable coaching. The Phillies, on the other hand, have a nucleus of bright young stars who seem poised for greatness. All thats missing are a few pieces to propel them into the playoffs. Well, maybe there are several missing pieces, but the core of young stars is in place."
Speaking of it always being sunny in Philadelphia, anyone watch Danny DeVito's never-ending night? Only problem: it was the next morning. On "The View."
Now for a pair of lifestyle blog entries. Help this man find his true love; he thinks he met his match in line at Macy's in Center City last Saturday. He was with his kids, waiting to see Dickens' Village. She was with her kids. Forget classifieds - he's turned to blogs to find her. He writes:
While in line, the most beautiful women I have ever seen began to talk to me. When I turned to look at her and into her beautiful eyes my mind immediately went blank. I thought I was frozen in time and I suppose I was. I couldnt think of anything to say, not even anything stupid or meaningless. I just stood there, smiled and stared at her. Im in my mid fortys now and I felt like a teenager again. For the first time in quite a while I smiled at someone from the bottom of my broken heart. The same heart I thought I had lost. Today, I knew it was still there because it was beating fast, really fast.
And as a counterpoint, help this nice young woman slip this Facebook stalker.
"Hey, Pal. Do you like steak?" Philly detective "Wyatt Earp" goes to the Lowe's to buy some topseed. Runs into a scruffy character selling meat out of truck. Which is my cheesy transition into the Cops Writing Cops blog, a national place to let off a little steam. Which we're all for. We recommend the Dicks of the Month feature.
Finally, for now, what took them so long?