Year: 2006

Weldon’s Last Stand

WELDON’S LAST STAND….I know, I know. It’s Christmas and I’m supposed to be on vacation. But in the spirit of wrapping up loose ends, I see that the Senate Intelligence Committee has finally finished its investigation of “Able Danger,” the secret Pentagon program that supposedly identified Mohamed Atta before 9/11. Last year, Rep. Curt Weldon… Read more »

All I want for Christmas is…

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…. Christmas is a day about giving, so I thought it’d be fun to consider some gift ideas for those on our list. Karl Rove gets a calculator this year, because his own personal math turned out to be a little unreliable. German Chancellor Angela Merkel deserves a comfy massage… Read more »

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS….Christmas Eve is here and I’m signing off for the year now. Merry Christmas, everyone! I’ll be on vacation until shortly after New Year’s. Steve Benen of The Carpetbagger Report will be guest blogging for me, and I may pop in occasionally myself depending on mood and availability of internet time. But probably not…. Read more »

If I Had Done It

IF I HAD DONE IT….Paul Wolfowitz, now head of the World Bank, tells Sonni Efron why he refuses to talk about Iraq these days: I would like nothing better than to be able to get involved in this debate [over Iraq]. I would particularly like to be able to clear the record of some of… Read more »

Obama-Fest

OBAMA-FEST….I guess today is officially Barack Obama day. All three major dailies have front-page profiles of Obama: LA Times: What is it About Obama? New York Times: Testing the Water, Obama Tests His Own Limits Washington Post: Clinton, Obama Clearing The Field Merry Christmas! This ought to be good for a few million dollars in… Read more »

More on the Surge

MORE ON THE SURGE….I wasn’t planning to follow up my earlier post about the coming troop surge in Iraq, but I probably should clear up at least one thing. As regular readers know, I’m unequivocally in favor of withdrawing from Iraq, but this morning I suggested that I’d be secretly happy to see a surge… Read more »

Five Things

FIVE THINGS….Dan Drezner suggests that I should entertain the blogosphere by listing Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me, the latest meme making the rounds. I’ve escaped this game until now, and I suspect it’s largely because the people playing it figure I probably don’t really have five interesting things to tell about myself. This… Read more »

One Last Push

ONE LAST PUSH….Guess what? Our commanders on the ground have met with their superiors and decided that we do need more troops in Iraq after all. They’re now backing the “surge” plan: Commanders have been skeptical of the value of increasing troops, and the decision represents a reversal for Casey, the highest-ranking officer in Iraq…. Read more »

Lie Down With Dogs

LIE DOWN WITH DOGS….The Senate offers two months of severance pay to staff members who are let go. Nancy Pelosi recently offered to extend the same deal to House Republican staffers who will be losing their positions when Democrats take control in January: But her offer was scuttled — by Republican lawmakers, who complained they… Read more »

The War Party

THE WAR PARTY….“National power” and “military force” aren’t the same thing. This is an old and banal distinction. And yet, it still eludes an awful lot of conservatives, who tacitly assume that unswerving support for every single one of America’s various wars over the past few decades is the sine qua non for being thought… Read more »