Must-see TV: MoveOn hosts footage of Donald Rumsfeld backpedaling during a TV appearance where he's contronted about his claims he never characterized Iraq's threat as "imminent." No wonder global mistrust of the US has skyrocketed, while a majority of Pakistani and Turkish residents view Osama bin Laden favorably, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The House of Bush: Paul Krugman says that just about the only thing left for Bush to campaign on is foreign policy--and even that's based on illusions. If his priority is to eradicate terrorism and protect US soil, why divert resources from the hunt for the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks to fight Iraq? "Some of the administration's actions have been so strange that those who reported them were initially accused of being nutty conspiracy theorists," he writes. "For example, what are we to make of the post-9/11 Saudi airlift? Just days after the attack, at a time when private air travel was banned, the administration gave special clearance to flights that gathered up Saudi nationals, including a number of members of the bin Laden family, who were in the U.S. at the time. These Saudis were then allowed to leave the country, after at best cursory interviews with the F.B.I." Craig Unger's new book, House of Bush, House of Saud, takes a stab: maybe the $1.477 billion that's flowed from the House of Saud to Bush family and friends has something to do with it.

"This war is evil." Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, a National Guard infantryman who fought in Iraq then refused to return when his leave expired, has turned himself into authorities."I can no longer be an instrument of violence," he said. "I am not against the military. The military has been my family. My commanders are not evil but this war is evil. I did not sign up for the military to go halfway around the world to be an instrument of oppression... I don't think we're fighting terror in Iraq. I think we're fighting for oil." He's seeking conscientious objector status.

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