Muse’s Monday Menagerie

Henry Kissinger likes Hillary Clinton for Obama’s Secretary of State. Is that a good thing..? Bill Clinton is pushing for Hillary as well. Is there much chance for President Obama to select Bill Richardson?

Iraq’s Cabinet approves the proposed security agreement with the US and calls for a full withdrawal of American forces from the country by the end of 2011. More from Juan Cole at Informed Comment.

Marc Ash of Truthout warns us that we must Never Forget. (Tough picture)

Jeremy Scahill (at CommonDreams) writes Blackwater Busted?

After more than five years of rampant violence and misconduct carried out by the massive army of private corporate contractors in Iraq–actions that have gone totally unpunished under any system of law–the US Justice Department appears to be on the verge of handing down the first indictments against armed private forces for crimes committed in Iraq. The reported targets of the “draft” indictments: six Blackwater operatives involved in the September 16, 2007, killing of seventeen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Obama is to meet with John McCain today in the transition office.

The wildfires in California are expected to burn until at least midweek.

Frank Rich of The New York Times writes an entertaining op-ed this last weekend called The Moose Stops Here as he takes a look at the election aftermath and the “conservative crackup”.

Robert Parry writes at ConsortiumNews about why Barack Obama should NOT keep on Robert Gates as Defense Secretary.

“Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan has revealed that it was George W. Bush himself who authorized Dick Cheney to ‘out’ Valerie Plame.” This from The Existentialist Cowboy (along with the video of McClellan saying it). He also writes about unanswered questions surrounding the events of 9/11.

While you are there, he also recently wrote an excellent post called “The GOP: Architects of Another ‘Great Depression'”

More on a global depression found at GlobalResearch by Michel Chossudovsky: The Great Depression of the 21st Century: Collapse of the Real Economy. Professor Chossudovsky also writes about the people in the running for Secretary of the Treasury.

Still on the subject of the economy and where we are headed, “The Shock Doctrine”‘s Naomi Klein writes In Praise of a Rocky Transition:

The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal..

The bailout tally so far? Try $3.8 trillion and counting. That’s $3,800,000.000.000.

Brent Budowsky tells us to get ready for those pardons..

And if you missed the article by Eliot Spitzer a couple of days ago, here it is again: How to Ground The Street. I would frankly like to see Barack Obama find a good use for Mr. Spitzer in his administration, working to keep financial markets in check.

At least one in four U.S. veterans of the 1991 Gulf War suffers from “Gulf War Illness”. This article refers to exposure to toxic chemicals.

And for the latest on the Ted Stevens/Mark Begich race in Alaska, Recount Expected In Alaska Senate Race, Even After Winner Declared. The final tally is supposed to happen tomorrow. Currently:

The Alaska Division of Elections said unofficial results shows Begich with 138,959 votes and 137,937 votes for Stevens. On Friday, Rauch sent out another email after Begich widened his lead against Stevens earlier in the day to 1,022 votes from 814 votes. 

Have a good day!

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