Year: 2006

Congress to revisit the MCA

CONGRESS TO REVISIT THE MCA…. When the Military Commissions Act, which among other things suspended habeas corpus for detainees in U.S. custody, went to the Senate floor in September, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) noted, “Surely as we are standing here, if this bill is passed and habeas corpus is stricken, we’ll be back on this… Read more »

Lieberman makes his case

LIEBERMAN MAKES HIS CASE…. Sen. Joe Lieberman just returned from a 10-day visit to the Middle East, but it appears the senator didn’t learn much. He’s still very much the neo-con. …While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran,… Read more »

Redefining failure

REDEFINING FAILURE…. Frances Fragos Townsend, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, was on CNN yesterday discussing the war in Iraq, Saddam’s pending execution, and the Middle East, but CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry had the temerity to ask about the terrorist behind 9/11. Officials from this White House are known for… Read more »

Kerry pic revisited

KERRY PIC REVISITED…. I don’t want to belabor the point, but the TPM Muckraker report on the “lonely Kerry” photo that I linked to yesterday needs some follow-up. Justin Rood’s original report noted concerns about the picture that raised questions about its authenticity. Last night, Rood spoke with CPT Benjamin G. Runkle, former Bush speechwriter… Read more »

Saddam not long for this world

SADDAM NOT LONG FOR THIS WORLD…. There are some competing reports that differ on details, but MSNBC reports that Saddam Hussein will be executed sometime over the next couple of days, possibly as early as today. Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his… Read more »

Gordon Smith thinks ahead

GORDON SMITH THINKS AHEAD…. The New York Times had an interesting profile today of Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who, after years of relative silence on the president’s policy on Iraq, decided earlier this month that he’d seen enough and denounced the entire endeavor. At one point, the quiet backbencher went so far as to say… Read more »

‘I don’t know what could help at this point’

‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT COULD HELP AT THIS POINT’…. When it comes to an escalation in Iraq, the public is opposed, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are reportedly against it, Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently has some concerns, and many of the troops themselves don’t seem too keen on the idea either. Many of the… Read more »

Is the Kerry pic legit?

IS THE KERRY PIC LEGIT?…. Several of the right’s major blogs were all aflutter yesterday over a picture of John Kerry, in Iraq a couple of weeks ago, apparently sitting alone at a mess hall. The picture, as the story went, proves that Kerry’s “botched joke” has caused lingering resentment among men and women in… Read more »

Let the smearing begin

LET THE SMEARING BEGIN…. I wondered this morning whether Gerald Ford’s embargoed criticism of the Bush White House and the war in Iraq might affect the right’s praise of the former president this week. As it turns out, the blowback didn’t take long. Consider Bill Bennett’s fairly aggressive attack on Ford this morning. (via John… Read more »

Edwards ’08

EDWARDS ’08…. I’m officially neutral on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but I don’t mind admitting that I like John Edwards — who officially threw his hat into the ring this morning — and consider him a strong top-tier candidate. Former North Carolina senator John Edwards this morning declared his candidacy for president… Read more »