"'Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign,'[Iraqi midfielder Salih] Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. 'He can find another way to advertise himself.'"
SI writer Grant Wahl report: "But they also find it offensive that Bush is using their team for his own gain when they do not support his administration's actions in Iraq. 'My problems are not with the American people,' says Iraqi soccer coach Adnan Hamad. 'They are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the [national] stadium and there are shootings on the road?'"
The New York Daily News Bazinet writes up the SI.com soccer story: LINK
David Bossie's Citizens United is producing a pro-Bush documentary called "The Big Picture." directed by Lionel Chetwynd. As Salon's Joe Conason points out (and Fred Wertheimer has nightmares about), Chetwynd "is also preparing two films to be screened at the Republican National Convention, according to Daily Variety. The first is a 'tribute' to the late President Ronald Reagan, for whom Chetwynd once served as a speechwriter. The second is a 'toast to George W. Bush.'" LINK
The Washington Post 's Alan Cooperman follows yesterday's New York Times report on Bush campaign adviser Deal Hudson: "Deal W. Hudson, publisher of the conservative Catholic magazine Crisis and a close ally of the Bush White House, has resigned as an adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign because of allegations that he sexually harassed a Fordham University student a decade ago." LINK
Yesterday, we suggested that Maureen Dowd's New York Times column implied that she wanted American athletes to be booed at the Olympics. In fact, as the column made clear, she wishes for a world in which swaggering American athletes are welcomed and cheered. We also suggested that no American athletes have been booed, when in fact, the men's basketball team was during its weak efforts. The Note regrets the errors.
The politics of national security:
The Washington Post 's Robin Wright examines the dissatisfaction with President Bush's policies in the Muslim world from both inside the Bush Administration and outside critics who say that the administration has not followed through thoroughly on its plans such as the Greater Middle East Democracy Initiative, or to deal with anti-American anger that is at the heart of the terror threat from the Middle East. The war of ideas — not to mention hearts and minds — hasn't gotten as much attention as homeland security and intelligence, sources tell Wright. LINK
The Washington Post 's Charles Krauthammer heartily endorses President Bush's military re-deployment plan. LINK
The Washington Post 's Sara Kehaulani Goo on how Senator Ted Kennedy ended up being flagged on the government's no-fly list. "Critics said the senator's experience served as the latest example of how a system designed to improve security is instead targeting innocent travelers." LINK
"In at least one instance, a US Airways ticket agent refused to let him board. 'I said, I've been getting on this plane for 42 years,' Kennedy said. 'Why can't I get on the plane back to Washington?' " LINK
Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe writes up how hometown Senator Ted Kennedy found himself unable to board the Shuttle. LINK
The Republican National Convention: