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When Senator Joe Biden who represents the top tier of U.S. corporations knows the U.S. has crashed in Iraq, we've crashed.
Meanwhile the usually more realistic Juan Cole has gone all goo-gah over the notion that "the professionals" have taken charge. New players -- Gates, Petraeus, Crocker, whoever -- adult and well-meaning as they may be, can't fix the unfixable. They can merely serve as cover for the criminals who launched this war. If they are really such paragons, will they stand up to a sociopathic president?
And the killing goes on.