From the New York Times: For years, the American military has believed that public anger over government-linked corruption has helped swell the Taliban’s ranks, and that Ahmed Wali Karzai played a central role in that corruption. He has repeatedly denied any links to Afghan drug trafficking. According to three American military officials, in April 2009 [...]
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’1776′ John Adams: One Useless Man is Called a Disgrace; Two are Called a Law Firm; Three or More Become a Congress
… Lincoln saw an unresolvable tension between the Constitution of a democratic republic and the policies of aggrandizement and intemperate self-interest that lead from the manners of freedom to the slavish love of power. He spoke of the difference between the work of establishing a constitutional republic and the longer task of maintaining it. But [...]
A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said [...]
The ghosts of Bush-Cheney-Rummy torture still hangs over the C.I.A., no matter what Leon Panetta has done to infuse the agency with honor. From TIME magazine: It has been nearly a decade since Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi prisoner known as “the Iceman” — for the bungled attempt to cool his body and make him look [...]
Hamza al-Khateeb was 13 years-old. The details are horrifyingly shocking. From Al Jazeera and be prepared if you’re going to read on: Arrested during a protest in Saida, 10km east of Daraa, on April 29, Hamza’s body was returned to his family on Tuesday 24th May, horribly mutilated. The child had spent nearly a month [...]
Coming off a scene reminiscent of Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday (see video above), Pres. Obama has made some momentous decisions that will take us where we’ve never gone before. Inspired by the traditional media fanfare of Paul Ryan’s “brave” budget proposal, Pres. Obama has accepted the challenge to step out [...]
The biggest issue facing Obama’s reelection team is whether Obama’s base will show up and if they do in what numbers and with what level of enthusiasm. This is the story and why Obama embarrassingly asked “Are you in?” when he launched his reelection campaign. Not even the President and his team are quite sure [...]
In reversing one of its last principled positions—that American courts are sufficiently nimble, fair, and transparent to try Mohammed and his confederates—the administration surrendered to the bullying, fear-mongering, and demagoguery of those seeking to create two separate kinds of American law. This isn’t just about the administration allowing itself to be bullied out of its [...]
Morning headline and story: Obama launches reelection campaign. Afternoon headline headline and story: In a Reversal, Military Trials for 9/11 Case: The Obama administration, ending more than a year of indecision with a major policy reversal, will prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other people accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before a [...]
Oh, the irony. Few things are more representative of the Obama presidency than on the same day Obama announces his reelection campaign Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly going to also announce the Administration’s wholesale cave on civil liberties, as well as their pledge to try KSM in civilian court. From CBS: Attorney General Eric [...]
P.J. Crowley, spokesperson for the State Dept., has been shit-canned by the White House after honestly stating that PFC Bradley Manning’s treatment “is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” Oh ri-ight, Crowley resigned. Got it? From CNN: P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from the White House, according to senior [...]
“I commend the Obama Administration for issuing this Executive Order. The bottom line is that it affirms the Bush Administration policy that our government has the right to detain dangerous terrorists until the cessation of hostilities. This is clearly another step in the right direction.” – Rep. Peter King Pres. Obama and his Administration must [...]
Sounding like a man on his 2012 reelection tour, Pres. Obama is in Florida talking about education. I’ve been out all day, so below is some of what’s going on, but feel free to jump in on anything that’s catching your attention. What’s going on with Charlie Sheen today? …besides for the Piers Morgan interview [...]
Pres. Obama: ‘I think history will end up… in the situation in Egypt we were on the right side of history.’
NBC’s Chuck Todd got under Pres. Obama’s skin when he asked “What was the point of the fiscal commission…?” Obama was visibly annoyed: “Still provides a framework for a conversation… You guys are pretty impatient.” “I definitely feel folks pain,” Obama said in response to tough budget cuts. “It’s frustrating.” On Egypt: “… I think [...]
Amidst wild applause, Ron Paul supporters got rowdy. When it got quiet, a shout of “war criminal” could be heard. When Donald Rumsfeld started speaking, as recipient of the “Defender of the Constitution” award, a laughable honor to bestow on this man, according TPMDC and other reports, some in the Paul contingent walked out. “Uh, [...]
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The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
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“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
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*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
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Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
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