Post Launches Updated Wireless Homepage

This week The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com re-launched our Wireless Application Protocol, or WAP, web site for readers who surf the web using mobile devices.

Redesigned to include more content and increase ease of use and navigation, the site can be accessed from anywhere you have coverage by pointing your wireless browser to mobile.washingtonpost.com and bookmarking the page. (You can also view the site via regular web browser using that same address.)

The new site includes a full selection of up-to-date articles and commentary from Post writers, arranged into the following topics: Politics, Nation, World, Opinions, Metro, Sports, Business & Technology, Style and Entertainment.

Our other free wireless services continue to be available.

City Guide information to go: Users of our online City Guide, an exhaustive listing of information about area restaurants, nightclubs, attractions and events can have location and other data about many of these entries sent directly to their mobile phones for use while out and about.

High school sports scores: You can track your favorite teams using ScorePost. At the ScorePost site, you can enter your mobile number and select the teams you want to track. In return, we'll send you scores for those teams as soon as The Post has them in our system.

You can get more details on these and other wireless offerings from our wireless services page at washingtonpost.com/mobile.

Also, users of the old WAP URL, twp.com, will be automatically forwarded to the new site.

Thanks,

Jim Brady
Executive Editor
washingtonpost.com

By Jim Brady |  September 19, 2006; 11:50 AM ET  | Category:  Content
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Thanks for this service. This can only be head and shoulders above was what a rather clumsy and not very user-friendly AvantGo method of access. Previous access through "wireless" methods was so bad I waited out downloads from the Main site.

I'm very much looking forward to this.

Posted by: CW | September 19, 2006 01:19 PM

I've got full internet access on my Sprint Treo, but thanks to the Washington Post's idiotic requirement that you register and sign in to use their site I can't access WP from my Treo. The registration page won't fit down onto a Treo screen, as it loses the 'Submit' button, making it literally impossible to register that device for use.

Since more and more of us are using our PDAs for internet browsing, you'd think the WP would at least try their system out on a couple of PDAs....

Posted by: Frustrated user | September 20, 2006 09:46 PM

Thanks. I've been lokking for this for some time. However, as I hopped over to your mobile site, I noticed that the "world news" is not updated..there are old stories in there? Is that in the works?

Posted by: Jose Soler | September 21, 2006 10:35 AM

Soler raises a valid point. So far this appears to be only slightly improved over the tired old Avantgo version. The info seems not to be updated and in fact does carry over from day to day. This is an increasingly important way to access the net and if the service doesn't get any better than this the Post will be left behind. If looking to get "paid" is an element of this, you would be wist to look at the experience of CNN and others who do a good job of this and work it into your business plan for the main site.

Posted by: CW | September 21, 2006 01:00 PM

Just a quick note on the user experience reported above.

I'm guessing that you're trying to access the URL washingtonpost.com on your mobile device. As you've noted, that URL isn't currently optimized for mobile users.

However, if you go to mobile.washingtonpost.com or twp.com from your device, you'll get a different page and experience that does not require registration and is specifically designed for mobile use.

We're working on fixing things so that if you visit washingtonpost.com from a phone or handheld you will be forwarded to the mobile site. For now, please try one of the other URLs.

As for the stories updating, that's a separate issue and thanks for the heads-up.

Please let me know whether or not this helps. I'll be visiting this thread regularly.

Yours,

David P. Marino-Nachison
washingtonpost.com

Posted by: David P. Marino-Nachison | September 25, 2006 10:37 AM

I had been getting Washington Post on my computer every day, I read it top-to-bottom everyday. Wthout warning it went away, I am unable to recall the title, it had trivia, complete world news, letters to the editor. I really miss getting it, my recall isn't very good now so I don't know had to go about getting it back. Can you help me.

tharmonwv@peoplepc.com

Thank you

Posted by: Ted Harmon | September 26, 2006 09:30 AM

I read the Post online numerous times daily, but note that it has been quite difficult to find stories regarding Senator Allen's alleged use of racial epithets - a huge story elsewhere that could prove critical to control of the Senate. I initially assumed that the Post was not publishing these stories until they could be more thoroughly sourced. But as the number of seemingly credible sources grew, the plausibility of that explanation waned. Finally I found another news outlet linking to a Post article and, after re-searching the site, realized that the Post has in fact been publishing on this for days in print, and that certain Post blogs are rife with comment on the matter. What's the deal? Today (under Metro, rather than Politics or Nation!!), rather than any link to the allegations against Allen, there is instead a link titled "Webb Explains His Use of Slur" which headline seems at least somewhat at odds with the article in question, which reports the Webb claim that he has "never used it himself as a racial slur," despite using it as character dialogue in his novel. I obviously am not the only one who has not been able to find news of this event on the Post site, as stories on this subject are nowhere to be found in recent lists of "most emailed articles." Given the interest in this story and its explosive nature, that would seem attributable to the fact that the online editors have buried it. What am I missing?

Posted by: Marc | September 28, 2006 10:25 AM

Dear America ,

I am a third generation war vet my name is Steven Martin Sykes, a disable veteran, formally Sgt. in the USAF. My father was the first war veteran a WWII, Korean War veteran by the name of Lewis Edward Sykes, formally Sgt 1st class US Army. My brother name is Timothy Lewis Sykes, A Nam Vet, my father and brother both pass a way 6years apart from one another with out ever being compensated for their war time injuries and PTSD. Sir, I served my country with pride and faithful service and I do not want to pass on with knowing that my time and life was not spent in vain in this great country we fought so hard to maintain FREE.


To whom it may concern:

My name is Sgt. Steven M Sykes, I served in the USAF from 12-10-86 to 9-14-92, during that time I supported desert shield/desert storm, and the numerous other missions including the Panama conflict. I played football for the CSC Europe military league as well as basketball for my unit. During that time I broke my ankle and detach a ligament in my right ankle. Upon getting assigned to Rheinmain AB in Germany I acquired a Commendation medal/Achievement medal from my duty in the Azores at Lajes Field, Azores Portugal. Shortly after arriving to Rheinmain AB I was out with several Airman about town sight seeing when we were attack by Turkish Kurds that lived in Germany. It was a small militant group that control the pub district of Frankfurt Germany. Desert shield had just began an I found my self in the middle of being assaulted by the same people we were protecting in Desert Storm. I was left unconscious laying on a cobble street in downtown Frankfurt we I came to I was being question by the German Police, next at the scene was either the 5th core MP"S or the Abrams complex MP's cannot remember which military police actually showed at the scene. I was rushed to 97th general hospital in Wiesbaden Germany. I was only identified by my dog tags and military ID. The hold incident was politically swept under the rug and i went on with my Airforce career. But, today I now suffer from PTSD and paranoid episodes due to this I since loss all my family and friends because of my mental challenges I am force to live with daily. During my deployment back to Lajes Field, Azores during the Panama Conflict I was force to pull duty in the MASS unit building which the Command Post was located. This building was being service by government contractors which was removing asbestos from the building every office with in this building re-located to a different building accept the Command Post when I ask why we could not re-locate it was said that it would have taken the approval of the Joint Chief of Staff to strategically relocate the Command Post the during a War because of its High Priority and its Class A resource. So with out any form of protection and I went faithfully serving my country and a building for 90 days during the Panama Conflict. Only to have severe asthma today I currently take 4 different inhalers including one steroid based inhaler. I am currently in a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan . I know I don't have long 2 lived with these type of injuries from my faithful service to my country during these years. But, today I do not receive one dime for my disability's. I cannot walk with out braces and support. I cannot breath with out aid and medicine, the support for my very own children is suffering because I cannot work. I was up for the medical board during my last year in the service I walked with a cane and tennis shoe waiver during my last year in the service I was force to pulled duty out side the Command Post daily and force to weight in monthly even though I could not run PT or exercise due to my injuries I was still given a LOR each month for each weight in, finally receiving a 39-10 discharge my transitional briefing into the civilian world lasted 45minutes from there I was show the front gate of the base. My road to recovery has been long and challenging. But before I was disable veteran with PTSD and unknown diseases I was a Airman of the US Airforce and I loved my duty! Please help if you can I need directions today.



Steven Martin Sykes, Sgt(USAF)
A 0% Veteran Administration Disability Rated Gulf War Vetera


Posted by: Sgt. Steven M Sykes USAF | October 3, 2006 12:04 PM

My issue is that the wireless site doesn't seem to update and has a lot of stale comment. If you check it early am there doesn't seem to be much need to check back later in the day.

The relaunch of the NY Times site seems to be doing a mucn better job of providing updated content, which let's face it would be a lot of the reason for accessing it on a wireless device.

Posted by: CW | October 3, 2006 04:59 PM

WHAT IS A SPORE? ACCORDING THE THE FINDING WITH THE CDC A SPORE IS SOMTHING THAT CAN REMAIN DORMANT IN A HUMANS BODY FOR YEARS. AS A RESULT ALL OF THE AFFEFCTED POSTAL EMPLOYEES OF THE BRENTWOOD FACILITY HAVE TO B E MINDFUL THAT A SPORE COULD BE GROWING IN THEIR BODY. SO WHY IS IT THAT IN THE IMMEDIATE AFFECTED IN THE POSTAL FACILITY, THERE ARE SUPPOSEDLY 5 WOMEN WHO ARE CURRENTLY BEING TREATED FOR BREAST CANCER. HAS ANYONE BOTHERED TO EVEN TRACK THESE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH SINCE THE ATTACKS.

Posted by: OTIS B FRAZIER | October 3, 2006 05:17 PM

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LIBERAL THE MEDIA WE ARE SICK TIRED OF YOU BASTARDS ATTACKING THE PRESIDENT THIS ADMINISTRATION SO KNOCK IT OFF BOB WOODWARD SHOULD BE FIRE OR KILLED FOR THIS NEW BOOK OF LIESWE ARE DISGUSTED WITH BOB WOODWARD HE SHOULD BE KILLED WE HAVE HAD IT WITH HIM GOING AFTER THE PRESIDENT SOMEBODY SHOULD BE GOD DAMN ASS IN JAIL ALL DMEOCRATS ARE NATIOANLS DISGRACE EVEN HELEN THOMAS SHOULD BE SHOT DEATH

Posted by: GEORGE JOHNSTON | October 3, 2006 05:57 PM

The American People Are Disgusted With The Democratic Party And The Main Street Media Lies About This President The Democrats Own The President Apologizs I Think Its disgusted The way the Democrats been treating The President for the last several years WE have had It With The Democrats and the main street media Bob Woodward should Resign be fired immedialty hes national disgrace to The America The Homsexurals Are natioanls disgrace embbarestment to the america also so KNOCK IT OFF LEAVE THE PRESIDENT ALONE ALL OF YOU

Posted by: Lynda careter | October 3, 2006 06:28 PM

I WANT THE WASHINGTON POST TO WRITE A APOLOGIZ TO THE PRESIDENT I WANT YOU TO ISSUE IT IN YOUR NEWSPAPERS TELL HELEN THOMAS SHOULD APOLOGIZ TO THE PRESIDENT BOBWOODWARD SHOULD WRITE A N APOLOGIZ TO THE PRESIDENT FOR LYING TO US ABOUT HIMAND THIS WAR THEY ALL NATIOANL DISGRACE TO AMERICA SHAME ON ALL OF YOU IN THE MEDIA FOR LYING TO US ABOUT THIS PRESIDENT WE ARE ASHEMED OF YOU IN THE MEDIA AND THE DMEOCRATS ARE DISGRACE

Posted by: Jack Peel | October 3, 2006 06:51 PM

BOB WOODWARD SHOULD BE FIRED AS SOON AS POSSIABLE SO LETS SEE HIM FIRED CAUSE HE DONT DESERVER A JOB CAUSE HES PATHLOGICAL LIAR SHOULD BE IN PRISION FOR TRYING TO HURT THE PRESIDENT HE SHOULD RESIGN RIGHT NOW THAT NEW BOOK SHOULD BE BURNED RIGHT AWAY HES NATIONAL DISGRACE LIAR THE WASHINGTON POST IF HE WORKS HERE HE SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIALTY

Posted by: CHRISTINA JONES | October 3, 2006 07:03 PM

I'd like it very much if the wireless content didn't require a "next page" click for every paragraph; just send me the story I ask for, or if you must know whether I'm reading past the first paragraph, split it in at most two entries.

It is frustrating to wait for the every tiny screenful of a news story, and if I could fetch the whole story to my phone, I would be able to read a bit on the metro in the afternoons.

Posted by: Neil | October 3, 2006 09:52 PM

So the Post says

"We continue to agree with Mr. Bush that it would be wrong and dangerous for U.S. troops simply to withdraw. But it is also dangerous when leaders such as Mr. Bush, Vice President Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld continue to resist reality."

And they leave it there. Apparently willing to simply not look at what this means. And then they scold the president for being unable to face reality.

The reality is that either the Post editorial board calls for significant troop increases in Iraq (to the tune of about 200,000 soldiers) and an extended stay in that country in order to nation-build and give our troops the tools and time they need to do so.

Or we leave now and cut our losses, leaving the Iraqis to clean up after us and accepting defeat.

Or we "stay the course" refusing to make the kinds of changes and up the level of resources that can help stem the current death by a thousand cuts that our military and the nation of Iraq are experiencing.

So face reality. Say which option you support. It is deeply irresponsible to state a position as you did above, and then not look seriously at the requirements and ramifications of the option you choose.

Your criticism of the president is as useless as the president's grief over the war dead. If you aren't willing to analyse the causes and face the costs of the cure, your just whistling while Iraq burns.


Posted by: AJ | October 4, 2006 06:14 AM

at long, last sir, have you no shame

Posted by: kij | October 4, 2006 02:56 PM

This President And Hes cabinet Are Not Dangerous this country The Democrats Are More dangerlous to This Country because they are siding with The Terriots They Are Telling The Terriots To come and Kill American and the troops The Democrats Are Not helping Our Milltary with their Hate Speeches and Lies ABout this President We The people are Sick and tired of their Lies About this President And This War Nancy Pelosi And harry Reid Teddy kennedy And The Democrats And the media is putting Out Troops In Harms ways the Democrats ARE Dividing This Country To hate This president The Troops Its sick very sad Its has to Stop with the Attacks on this president and the troops and Hes cabinet Its Putting americanns at Risk all of you should stop attacking the president Now The Democrats and The Main street media And Bob woodward other will have to stop lying to us about this President The Democrats are The main Liars Here Not the President media Lied To us about President bush and this war DONT EVER FOR GET WE ALL LOST family loved friends on 9/11 everyone of us i am very angery with the Democrats and the media sos top Bashing the President NOW

Posted by: Karen Johnston | October 4, 2006 07:52 PM

The Democrats In Congress and The Media And Hollywood Democrats have You have No Shame For Their Lies Coverups and Scandles ? The American People ARE PLAIN SICK Tired of your Lies Bashing And The Attacks On This President The Media WIll have To Go bash The Democrats Party Start With Howard Dean And Bob Woodward hes national disgrace For Hes Book of Lies Bob Woodward Should Resign And Helen Thomas homas Should resign Wait to Die She way To old To Work Vote For The Democrats is Vote For Terriots Repubilcans IS working for the american people NOT The Terriots

Posted by: Albert Mills | October 4, 2006 08:05 PM

Iran President want to wipe Isreal We Must not let them do that We Must Stand together with Isreal protect God children at all cost Get The Book Jerusalem Count Down by John Hagee Hes Tells The Up Coming War With Iran We WIll Have ALOT More bloody Wars In the Near Future GOD IS Behide This GOD is in Control Our Disteny So If You Do Not Know Jesus Christ You have Time Do it He will Protect Hes children WE Need GOD IN AMERICA Again More then Ever before WE need To Get Down On Our Hands Knees Ask Forgiviness Ask God To Come in Our Lives

Posted by: Patti Johnston | October 5, 2006 09:30 AM

Iran President want to wipe Isreal We Must not let them do that We Must Stand together with Isreal protect God children at all cost Get The Book Jerusalem Count Down by John Hagee Hes Tells The Up Coming War With Iran We WIll Have ALOT More bloody Wars In the Near Future GOD IS Behide This GOD is in Control Our Disteny So If You Do Not Know Jesus Christ You have Time Do it He will Protect Hes children WE Need GOD IN AMERICA Again More then Ever before WE need To Get Down On Our Hands Knees Ask Forgiviness Ask God To Come in Our Lives

Posted by: Patti Johnston | October 5, 2006 09:30 AM

Nancy Pelosi Harry Reid Teddy Kennedy All The Democrats Hide their Scandles thanks to the Main street media should Resign they all have Scandles also the media Coverup all the Democratic Scandles cause they all Democrats The Democrats Are All National Disgrace WE are on To Them Big time So Stop bashing Any or All The Repbuilcans Democrats Should Resign WE Are sick of their Lies Howard dean is national disgrace Pathlogical Liar Disgrace

Posted by: Jamie | October 5, 2006 10:08 AM

America Get Right With The Lord Give Your Life to Jesus Stop Acting Like Spolied Children Start Getting In To Prayers For The Childrens All Over The World We Need God In America Again We Need Hes Hand To Protect Us From The Evil Doers in The World Be ThankFull With What You Have In Your Life We Need God Grace in The World We Need To Elect People In Congress And The White House Who Walk The Walk In God Jesus is Very Angery With hes Children Right Now All Over The world So Ask God For Giveness For Your Sins While We have Time To Do it We Are All Brother And Siters on This Great Planet Earth Go Get Some Great Gosple Cds Listen To The Beautifull Gosple Music Out Their God Loves Each One Of Us As hes Chiildren

Posted by: Stephanie Hill | October 5, 2006 12:28 PM

I Think Howard Dean Should Resign As Chairman Of The Democratic Party of Liars He has brought Disgrace Shame To The Democratic Party of Cut And Run In Iraqi They Are Siding With The Terriots We The People Are Fedup With The Democratic Liberal Bias Lies Bob Woodward Is Also Cant be Trusted With Hes Written Lies American People Are on You The Media And The Democratic Party We Are Disgusted With You Howard Dean The Democratic Leaders Have Lied To Us The People About This War The Haterd in This Country Is Sicking Very Sick The Washington Media Crowed Should be Ashemed of Them Self Helen Thomas Is National Disgrace Cant Be Trusted Either

Posted by: Jennifer Lunden | October 5, 2006 02:03 PM

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL IMPEACH HILLARY CLINTON IF THE DMEOCRATS IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH THEY AMERICAN PEOPLE CANT NOT TRUST THE CLINTON'S THE PEOPLE OF ARKANSAS COULDNT TRUST THE CLINTON'S TO RUNUING THE STATE OF ARKANSASTHEY HAVE DISGRACE THE STATE OF ARKANSAS WHEN THEY WERE IN POWERTHE DMEOCRATS ARE SIDNG WITH THE TERRIOSTS WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY ARE THEY HATE AMERICA THEY HATE EVERYTHING HIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR HILLIARY CLINTON IS NATIONAL DISGRACE FOR EVERYTHING SHE STANDS FOR SHE IS EMBARRESTMENT SHE'S NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT I HOPE NOBODY WANT THIS WOMAN AS PRESIDENT REALLY HER MIND IS SICK WHAT SHE WOULD DO FOR THIS NATION AS PRESIDENT

Posted by: Josh Taylor | October 5, 2006 06:43 PM

While the leadership in Congress has self-destructed over the revelations of an unmatched, and unrelieved, march through a cesspool ...

While the leadership inside the White House has self-destructed over the revelations of a book with a glowing red cover ...

The president of the United States -- unbowed, undeterred and unconnected to reality -- has continued his extraordinary trek through our country rooting out the enemies of freedom: the Democrats.

Yesterday at a fundraiser for an Arizona congressman, Mr. Bush claimed, quote, "177 of the opposition party said, 'You know, we don't think we ought to be listening to the conversations of terrorists.'"

The hell they did.

One hundred seventy-seven Democrats opposed the president's seizure of another part of the Constitution.

Not even the White House press office could actually name a single Democrat who had ever said the government shouldn't be listening to the conversations of terrorists.

President Bush hears what he wants.

Tuesday, at another fundraiser in California, he had said, "Democrats take a law enforcement approach to terrorism. That means America will wait until we're attacked again before we respond."

Mr. Bush fabricated that, too.

And evidently he has begun to fancy himself as a mind reader.

"If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democratic Party," the president said at another fundraiser Monday in Nevada, "it sounds like they think the best way to protect the American people is -- wait until we're attacked again."

The president doesn't just hear what he wants.

He hears things that only he can hear.

It defies belief that this president and his administration could continue to find new unexplored political gutters into which they could wallow.

Yet they do.

It is startling enough that such things could be said out loud by any president of this nation.

Rhetorically, it is about an inch short of Mr. Bush accusing Democratic leaders, Democrats, the majority of Americans who disagree with his policies of treason.

But it is the context that truly makes the head spin.

Just 25 days ago, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this same man spoke to this nation and insisted, "We must put aside our differences and work together to meet the test that history has given us."

Mr. Bush, this is a test you have already failed.

If your commitment to "put aside differences and work together" is replaced in the span of just three weeks by claiming your political opponents prefer to wait to see this country attacked again, and by spewing fabrications about what they've said, then the questions your critics need to be asking are no longer about your policies.

They are, instead, solemn and even terrible questions, about your fitness to fulfill the responsibilities of your office.

No Democrat, sir, has ever said anything approaching the suggestion that the best means of self-defense is to "wait until we're attacked again."

No critic, no commentator, no reluctant Republican in the Senate has ever said anything that any responsible person could even have exaggerated into the slander you spoke in Nevada on Monday night, nor the slander you spoke in California on Tuesday, nor the slander you spoke in Arizona on Wednesday ... nor whatever is next.

You have dishonored your party, sir; you have dishonored your supporters; you have dishonored yourself.

But tonight the stark question we must face is -- why?

Why has the ferocity of your venom against the Democrats now exceeded the ferocity of your venom against the terrorists?

Why have you chosen to go down in history as the president who made things up?

In less than one month you have gone from a flawed call to unity to this clarion call to hatred of Americans, by Americans.

If this is not simply the most shameless example of the rhetoric of political hackery, then it would have to be the cry of a leader crumbling under the weight of his own lies.

We have, of course, survived all manner of political hackery, of every shape, size and party. We will have to suffer it, for as long as the Republic stands.

But the premise of a president who comes across as a compulsive liar is nothing less than terrifying.

A president who since 9/11 will not listen, is not listening -- and thanks to Bob Woodward's most recent account -- evidently has never listened.

A president who since 9/11 so hates or fears other Americans that he accuses them of advocating deliberate inaction in the face of the enemy.

A president who since 9/11 has savaged the very freedoms he claims to be protecting from attack -- attack by terrorists, or by Democrats, or by both -- it is now impossible to find a consistent thread of logic as to who Mr. Bush believes the enemy is.

But if we know one thing for certain about Mr. Bush, it is this: This president -- in his bullying of the Senate last month and in his slandering of the Democrats this month -- has shown us that he believes whoever the enemies are, they are hiding themselves inside a dangerous cloak called the Constitution of the United States of America.

How often do we find priceless truth in the unlikeliest of places?

I tonight quote not Jefferson nor Voltaire, but Cigar Aficionado Magazine.

On Sept. 11th, 2003, the editor of that publication interviewed General Tommy Franks, at that point, just retired from his post as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command -- of Cent-Com.

And amid his quaint defenses of the then-nagging absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or the continuing freedom of Osama bin Laden, General Franks said some of the most profound words of this generation.

He spoke of "the worst thing that can happen" to this country:

First, quoting, a "massive casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western World -- it may be in the United States of America."

Then, the general continued, "the Western World, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for a couple of hundred years, in this grand experiment that we call democracy."

It was this super-patriotic warrior's fear that we would lose that most cherished liberty, because of another attack, one -- again quoting General Franks -- "that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass-casualty-producing event. Which, in fact, then begins to potentially unravel the fabric of our Constitution."

And here we are, the fabric of our Constitution being unraveled, anyway.

Habeus corpus neutered; the rights of self-defense now as malleable and impermanent as clay; a president stifling all critics by every means available and, when he runs out of those, by simply lying about what they said or felt.

And all this, even without the dreaded attack.

General Franks, like all of us, loves this country, and believes not just in its values, but in its continuity.

He has been trained to look for threats to that continuity from without.

He has, perhaps been as naïve as the rest of us, in failing to keep close enough vigil on the threats to that continuity from within.

Secretary of State Rice first cannot remember urgent cautionary meetings with counterterrorism officials before 9/11. Then within hours of this lie, her spokesman confirms the meetings in question. Then she dismisses those meetings as nothing new -- yet insists she wanted the same cautions expressed to Secretaries Ashcroft and Rumsfeld.

Mr. Rumsfeld, meantime, has been unable to accept the most logical and simple influence of the most noble and neutral of advisers. He and his employer insist they rely on the "generals in the field." But dozens of those generals have now come forward to say how their words, their experiences, have been ignored.

And, of course, inherent in the Pentagon's war-making functions is the regulation of presidential war lust.

Enacting that regulation should include everything up to symbolically wrestling the Chief Executive to the floor.

Yet--and it is Pentagon transcripts that now tell us this--evidently Mr. Rumsfeld's strongest check on Mr. Bush's ambitions, was to get somebody to excise the phrase "Mission Accomplished" out of the infamous Air Force Carrier speech of May 1st, 2003, even while the same empty words hung on a banner over the President's shoulder.

And the vice president is a chilling figure, still unable, it seems, to accept the conclusions of his own party's leaders in the Senate, that the foundations of his public position, are made out of sand.

And amid his quaint defenses of the then-nagging absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or the continuing freedom of Osama bin Laden, General Franks said some of the most profound words of this generation.

He spoke of "the worst thing that can happen" to this country:

First, quoting, a "massive casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western World -- it may be in the United States of America."

Then, the general continued, "the Western World, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for a couple of hundred years, in this grand experiment that we call democracy."

It was this super-patriotic warrior's fear that we would lose that most cherished liberty, because of another attack, one -- again quoting General Franks -- "that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass-casualty-producing event. Which, in fact, then begins to potentially unravel the fabric of our Constitution."

And here we are, the fabric of our Constitution being unraveled, anyway.

Habeus corpus neutered; the rights of self-defense now as malleable and impermanent as clay; a president stifling all critics by every means available and, when he runs out of those, by simply lying about what they said or felt.

And all this, even without the dreaded attack.

General Franks, like all of us, loves this country, and believes not just in its values, but in its continuity.

He has been trained to look for threats to that continuity from without.

He has, perhaps been as naïve as the rest of us, in failing to keep close enough vigil on the threats to that continuity from within.

Secretary of State Rice first cannot remember urgent cautionary meetings with counterterrorism officials before 9/11. Then within hours of this lie, her spokesman confirms the meetings in question. Then she dismisses those meetings as nothing new -- yet insists she wanted the same cautions expressed to Secretaries Ashcroft and Rumsfeld.

Mr. Rumsfeld, meantime, has been unable to accept the most logical and simple influence of the most noble and neutral of advisers. He and his employer insist they rely on the "generals in the field." But dozens of those generals have now come forward to say how their words, their experiences, have been ignored.

And, of course, inherent in the Pentagon's war-making functions is the regulation of presidential war lust.

Enacting that regulation should include everything up to symbolically wrestling the Chief Executive to the floor.

Yet--and it is Pentagon transcripts that now tell us this--evidently Mr. Rumsfeld's strongest check on Mr. Bush's ambitions, was to get somebody to excise the phrase "Mission Accomplished" out of the infamous Air Force Carrier speech of May 1st, 2003, even while the same empty words hung on a banner over the President's shoulder.

And the vice president is a chilling figure, still unable, it seems, to accept the conclusions of his own party's leaders in the Senate, that the foundations of his public position, are made out of sand.

There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

But he still says so.

There was no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaida.

But he still says so.

And thus, gripping firmly these figments of his own imagination, Mr. Cheney lives on, in defiance, and spreads--around him and before him--darkness, like some contagion of fear.

They are never wrong, and they never regret -- admirable in a French torch singer, cataclysmic in an American leader.

Thus, the sickening attempt to blame the Foley scandal on the negligence of others or "the Clinton era"--even though the Foley scandal began before the Lewinsky scandal.

Thus, last month's enraged attacks on this administration's predecessors, about Osama bin Laden--a projection of their own negligence in the immediate months before 9/11.

Thus, the terrifying attempt to hamstring the fundament of our freedom--the Constitution--a triumph for al Qaida, for which the terrorists could not hope to achieve with a hundred 9/11's.

And thus, worst of all perhaps, these newest lies by President Bush about Democrats choosing to await another attack and not listen to the conversations of terrorists.

It is the terror and the guilt within your own heart, Mr. Bush, that you redirect at others who simply wish for you to temper your certainty with counsel.

It is the failure and the incompetence within your own memory, Mr. Bush, that leads you to demonize those who might merely quote to you the pleadings of Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

It is not the Democrats whose inaction in the face of the enemy you fear, Sir.

It is your own--before 9/11 - and (and you alone know this), perhaps afterwards.

Mr. President, these new lies go to the heart of what it is that you truly wish to preserve.

It is not our freedom, nor our country--your actions against the Constitution give irrefutable proof of that.

You want to preserve a political party's power. And obviously you'll sell this country out, to do it.

These are lies about the Democrats -- piled atop lies about Iraq -- which were piled atop lies about your preparations for al Qaida.

To you, perhaps, they feel like the weight of a million centuries -- as crushing, as immovable.

They are not.

If you add more lies to them, you cannot free yourself, and us, from them.

But if you stop -- if you stop fabricating quotes, and building straw-men, and inspiring those around you to do the same -- you may yet liberate yourself and this nation.

Please, sir, do not throw this country's principles away because your lies have made it such that you can no longer differentiate between the terrorists and the critics.

Posted by: Keith Olberman | October 6, 2006 10:09 AM

THE DEMOCRATS LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THIS WAR AND THE 9/11 THEY LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY ARE NATIONAL DISGRACE I GUESS ITS OK DOUBLE STANDARD FOR THE DEMOCRATS THE DEMOCRATS CHAIRMAN HOWARD DEAN IS LIAR SO IS NANCY PELOSI TEDDY KKENNEDY HARRY REIDALL THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS THEY HAVE LIED TO US FOR YEAR YEARS YEARS WE ARE FEDUP WITH IT THE DEMOCRATS SIDING WITH THE TERRIOTS MURDERS THE PRESIDENT HAS GOOD JOB PROTECTING US GEORGE W BUSH IS THE BEST PRESIDENT WE HAVE EVER HAD THE DMEOCRATS ARE SO DAMN JEALOUS OF THE REPUBILCAN THE DMEOCRATS DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLETHE DEMOCRATS HAVE NO SOLUTION NO ANSWER TO SOLVE IN THIS COUNTRYHOLLYWOOD DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO NATIONAL DISGRACE THE MEDIA HAVE ALWAYS HATERD REPBUILCANS WE THE PEOPLE ARE VERY ANGERY WITH THE LIBERAL MEDIA BIAS WITH THE ATTACKS ON THIS PRESIDENT EVERYDAY NIGHT IT'S DISGUSTING WE THE PEOPLE ARE FEDUP WITH THE LIES ATTACKS ON ALL OF USWE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE

Posted by: JAMES | October 6, 2006 10:35 AM

Proving yet again that stupid people shouldn't breed, one moronic commenter after another.

I see that Deborah Howell is allowing comments on her columns.

Good luck with that.

Posted by: Randy | October 8, 2006 03:11 AM

Everyone has right to their Own Opinion Rather you Like or not

Posted by: Jane | October 8, 2006 09:53 AM

Ahem...getting back to the WAP access. Thanks for reposting this on the front page. I missed this in the blog a couple of weeks ago (I do stop by the Post blog, but not that often), and I agree that the new WAP interface is a significant improvement.

I would ask that instead of always redirecting WP readers on mobile devices to the WAP reader, you at least give them an option of reading the full page. Many mobile web browsers have made the WP page readable, and there's quite a bit more information on the full page than on the WAP page. Don't get me wrong...it should be very easy for a mobile reader to get to mobile.washingtonpost.com if the simply type in washingtonpost.com, but I'd want to make sure there's some wasy to read the full page.

Posted by: choateward | October 8, 2006 10:34 AM

Everyone has right to their Own Opinion Rather you Like or not

Posted by: Jane | October 8, 2006 12:38 PM

We Need God In America Again We Need Hes Protection On Us for the evil world we live in we need Prayers back in School Again This nation was founded on Christian principles If All of us on Earth have jesus Christ in their hearts We Have Wonderfull Peace On The Planet We need To All go to Church And get right with the Lord Elect leaders Who have jesus Christ in their Hearts we have Awsome GOD We Need GOD In this Country more then ever Before

Posted by: MaryElizabeth | October 8, 2006 02:10 PM

Janey honey,

Get a grip.

No one is saying that you aren't entitled to your moronic opinions.

They are just pointing out that they are, in fact, moronic.

And as you say, everyone is entitled to their opinions.

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Posted by: | October 8, 2006 06:51 PM

Hmmmmmmmm...

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Cue the Hallelujah Chorus.

It's almost sublime that the Post has been rewarded with a blog worthy of its journalism.

Posted by: AJ | October 8, 2006 08:05 PM

Dear Mr. Brady:

Good to see that you are keeping up the Post's integrity with this blog. Keep up the good work, brother, and keep those lefty comments down and the spread the word that the RIGHt it Might.

Posted by: Mr. Brady's Fan | October 9, 2006 05:39 PM

I hope the Post will release a statement soon on the response of the paper management to the revelation that photographer James Thresher has been actively promoting Wal-Mart for an undisclosed fee.

Posted by: Proteus | October 11, 2006 10:21 AM

James Thresher, a photographer for the Washington Post, was the blogger behind the Walmartingacrossamerica blog, which was funded by Working Families for Wal-Mart. This is a front group funded by Wal-Mart and run by the Washington p.r. firm Edelman. It was created in order to spread positive stories about Wal-Mart in the media. Thresher, in other words, just shot and co-wrote a gigantic ad for Wal-Mart in exchange for a free RV trip, paid for by Wal-Mart.

Who else at the Washington Post works for Wal-mart?

Posted by: Bob | October 11, 2006 11:46 AM

Barbra Streisand's Madison Square Garden concert turned in to cirrus She's think people pay to Hear her Big fat Mouth want to Hear Views on Everything in the sun Why pay Over $20Thousands dollors to see her In Concert? That Money is Well Spent Elsewhere she'snot worth the Money she s is making out of the american people The Hollywood Left is sick in Hollywood and in washington DC

Posted by: james | October 11, 2006 01:43 PM

Fans who paid an average of $250/ticket to see Barbra Streisand at Madison Square Garden in New York got a little more than they bargained for when the singer traded barbs with a President Bush impersonator during a skit last night she said the F Word How lady Like of her to do that

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Posted by: Christina | October 13, 2006 08:38 PM

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Posted by: AJ | October 14, 2006 05:04 PM

I see the Democrats back to name Calling again havent taking THEIR Medicine yet John Kerry is name calling nancy pelosi Teddy kennedy Et all they do is name calling every one nasty names

Posted by: Scott | October 15, 2006 02:59 PM

Now now Scott.

Try to get a handle on yourself.

Go look in the mirror.

This is the politics you guys created.

Deal.

Posted by: AJ | October 15, 2006 03:14 PM

That's The democrats for ya

Posted by: no name | October 15, 2006 04:11 PM

no name here has all the courage we here at bloggy.com have come to expect from the ridiculous right.

Posted by: AJ | October 15, 2006 05:49 PM

the ridiculous Left You Mean

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Posted by: Stephanie | October 16, 2006 10:54 AM

Learn more about the ACLU's evil agenda and what you can do to stop it. Indefensible, written by Sam Kastensmidt, discusses ten ways the ACLU is destroying America from sexualization of children and the promotion of abortion to their relentless campaigns to banish Christianity from the public realm and undermine homeland The ACLU describes itself as our nation's "guardians of liberty." Actually, that depends on how you define "liberty." If it means that your children should have unlimited access to internet pornography and that homosexuals should have the right to marry, then the ACLU is, indeed, a stalwart defender of liberty.

However, I don't define it in that manner, and neither do most Americans. You see, the ACLU is fighting for an America that neither you nor I nor our Founding Fathers would recognize.

So why do they have so much influence, and what is being done to stop them

Posted by: George | October 16, 2006 01:58 PM

George

Raise your own kids. Don't expect the ACLU to do it for you.

And anyway you have a profoundly weird notion of the mission and activities of the ACLU.

Perhaps you should get up from the couch and turn the channel to an actual news program. Or wander on over to your computer and check out the ACLU website. Or go to an ACLU meeting in your neighborhood.

Posted by: AJ | October 18, 2006 08:33 AM

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Posted by: | October 18, 2006 05:27 PM

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So's the ACLU.

Posted by: AJ | October 19, 2006 09:25 AM

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Wow, I would say that the Post has sunk to new lows with the comments in this blog. However, buying into the whole WMD story is as probably as low as a newspaper can get. Or I guess having employees shill for walmart

Posted by: New Low at The Post | November 2, 2006 03:58 PM

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Posted by: Timur | November 17, 2006 05:42 AM

I don't know how this denegrated into the current stream of comments, but getting back to the mobile issue. I am not trying to access the Post from a mobile device, but that doesn't stop my browser from being forwarded to the site. How can I stop that?

Posted by: Kyle | November 21, 2006 12:50 PM

I'm glad that the Post is finally offering a mobile website. But there are a few major problems with it:

1. When I click on a link from another Web site, I am automatically directed to the mobile website's home page. That makes it very difficult to find the story I was looking for.
2. On a related note, there does not seem to be a way for me to opt out of using the mobile website from my Treo. When I enter the regular www.washingtonpost.com address, I am automatically directed to the mobile site! That means I can't search for that story I was looking for, because there is no search function on the mobile site either.
3. The stories on the mobile site are not updated fast enough! That's sort of defeats the point of having the mobile site.

Posted by: ChinaHand | November 27, 2006 08:46 PM

how do i avoid mobile.washingtonpost.com? i keep getting redirected to it when i don't want it!

couple others commented on this but i guess wp doesn't read or respond to their own pages!

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Posted by: alexadex | January 31, 2007 04:27 AM

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Middle East Peace
In the last six years Middle East peace has been a low priority for this Administration. Infact even Bill Clinton did not pay serious attention to it until the last few weeks of his Presidency and he ran out of time. Had he started six months earlier, he may well have been successful.

The question now is what is President Bush going to do in his last two years of Presidency? The Iraq war is likely to be over before the end of 2008 and from where things stand today, historians will not paint a pretty picture of this adventure. President Bush can leave a legacy that will be remembered for years to come. He can do that by making a major push for Middle East peace.

The peace plan presented by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is a reasonable one. Israelis scoffed at it initially but after the Lebanon debacle they are showing willingness to consider it. In the words of an Israeli Minister "it is a starting point". If this plan can be implemented, doors of all Muslim countries will open up to Israel for trade and diplomacy. Also the forever vilification of U.S. will come to an end.

The plan calls for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jeruselam and two states of equal status side by side living in peace with no further claims on each other's territory. Those Palestinians who have claims to return to Israel can be be housed in the settlements Israel vacates in the West Bank.

This requires a bigger sacrifice from Israel as they took over these territories in the 1967 Six Day War started rather stupidly by President Nasser of Egypt and other Arab states with an intent to push Israel into the sea, but resulted in them losing this territory. What Israel would get in the bargain is a chance for peaceful co-existence with neighbouring states and an end to this non-ending war.

President Bush should seek the help of his father as this is way beyond Condi Rice and other Administration ofiicials. Bush Sr. is well respected in the Middle East and has close personal realtions with the Saudi King. A peace dialogue can be hosted in Saudi Arabia or Jordan and must also include Hamas which is a legimately elected Palestinian Government. If the U.S. is not comfortable talking to Hamas let Saudis do that. History shows us that peace is never achieved by excluding extremists as moderates alone cannot not sell a plan to the majority. Remember Menachem Begun, he was declared a terrorist once and went on to become Prime Minister of Israel and made peace with Egypt & Jordan and U.S. had no qualms about talking to him!

Enough human blood has been shed over the last 60 years. Too much despair is in the air and the world owes this region peace so that States and people opt for human and economic development rather than latest methods of killing.

President Bush has the time, the opportunity and a chance to leave an ever lasting legacy. If he can accomplish this, Iraq war will not even show up on history's radar screen.
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Posted by: Ajaz Haque | February 1, 2007 09:46 PM

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