Ahmed Wali Karzai Assassinated, U.S. General Reportedly Wanted him Burned

By |July 12th, 2011|

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

By |July 4th, 2011|

... 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 [...]

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E. J. Dionne’s Nostalgia for Bush Meets Enemies List

By |June 16th, 2011|

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 [...]

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TIME: Grand Jury Investigating CIA Abu Ghraib Torture for War Crimes

By |June 14th, 2011|

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 [...]

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Assad’s Evil Regime, No One is Safe

By |May 31st, 2011|

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 [...]

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Tax Increases Mixed with Death Blow for Progressives

By |April 11th, 2011|

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 [...]

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Obama’s ‘Are You In?’ Question

By |April 7th, 2011|

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 [...]

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What Obama Caving on KSM Trial Says About Us All

By |April 5th, 2011|

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 [...]

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Stepping on Your Message, Blowing Off Your Base

By |April 4th, 2011|

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 [...]

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammad to Get Military Commission

By |April 4th, 2011|

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 [...]

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