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The Dead-Enders

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After the fall of Baghdad, American occupation forces continued to be menaced by sniper and bombing attacks. “They’re Saddam’s dead-enders,” Donald Rumsfeld said, suggesting he believed the source of the problem was hardline Baathists loyal to Saddam, “and they don’t understand that the war is already over.” As move-out day approaches, Bush is busy packing his bags, but some of his most fanatical agents in the Justice Department are committed to fighting on. I look at the cases of Mary Beth Buchanan and Alice Martin, the U.S. attorneys who don’t want to go, in “Going Nowhere” at The Daily Beast. And my colleague Dan Abrams offers sage advice to Barack Obama on how to deal with them in “Fire ‘Em All.”

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