Wednesday AM Open Thread and Dutch news

What US media and netroots don't consider interesting is interesting. Here are a couple items from Netherlands Radio news.

The defector whose claims that Iraq had biological weapons were used to justify the 2003 US invasion has admitted that he lied to help get rid of Saddam Hussein, the Guardian newspaper said Tuesday.

"Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told the British newspaper.

"They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy," he added.

Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials, told the BND, Germany's secret service, that Iraq had mobile bioweapons trucks and had built clandestine factories.


A US agent was shot and killed in Mexico on Tuesday and a second agent wounded amid a surge in violence in a country ravaged by crime cartel turf wars and a government crackdown on the drug trade.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were attacked while in a car while driving between Mexico City and the northern industrial Monterrey, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said late Tuesday.


After two days of heated debate, a slim majority of Dutch MPs have voted in favour of sending a police training mission to Afghanistan.

The decision comes nearly a year after the last government collapsed in a dispute over extending military deployment in the war-torn country.

And the decision wasn’t much easier this time around. The Green Left party has surprised - and deeply angered - its voters by supporting the mission, despite successfully demanding that conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s minority cabinet make certain concessions.

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