A Box is in the Eye of the Beholder
On December 11, 2005 former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright went on “Meet the Press” to opine that the Iraq war had been a mistake–worse than that it had de-railed the successful pre-war program of sanctions and a no-fly zone, which had contained the paper tiger: And what we did was to keep Saddam Hussein in a box by using diplomacy, sanctions and force, with | Read More »
Finally Asking My Question of Donald Rumsfeld
Promoted from Diaries – DM I had a novel experience last Thursday–I had lunch with my boss in our office conference room, not as we have untold numbers of times, but as a blogger hoping to get a question in. In a way it was a lunch more than four years in the making.
It’s Not Just Earmarks Bans From Which Mitch McConnell Cuts and Runs
This is truly appalling. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate Republicans, supported an earmarks ban and voted to ban earmarks. But he knew there weren’t enough votes for it. Now that it looks like there are enough votes, McConnell is lobbying furiously behind the scenes to kill the earmarks ban. But the man has trumped himself in rank hypocrisy. According to President George W. | Read More »
Obama’s Iraq Speech: One Page Left Unturned
The Iraq War did not just fade away. It ended with a qualitative result: a spectacular victory for America in the face of long odds and complete vindication for the leaders who decided to stick it out instead of tuck tail and run when Democrats wanted to. Americans have largely forgotten about Iraq and have long since tired of hearing about it. That is in large part | Read More »
Barack Obama Monotones
Barack Obama again waited for Rush Limbaugh to go on vacation before addressing the public from the Oval Office. Like the last speech, this speech was, for three-quarters of it, dry and monotone — President Spock addressing the nation without emotion. Finally, at the end, Spockobama gave into emotion and showed some talking about the troops. Throughout though, the speech was a rather pathetic speech. | Read More »
Barack Obama Speaks
Not since February of 2009 has Barack Obama spoken in depth about Iraq. Naturally, he waits for Rush Limbaugh to go on vacation to it — notice he always waits for Rush to go on vacation before addressing the nation from the Oval Office Beige Room. Here’s our traditional Cover-It-Live box. Have at it. Barack Obama Speaks From the Oval Beige Room
DNI nominee Clapper unlikely to be called out on WMD issue.
Theoretically, the confirmation hearings for proposed DNI James Clapper could be an opportunity for fireworks… only not in the way that one would think. It turns out that he’s a potential lightning rod for criticism from the Left: President Obama’s choice to be the next director of national intelligence supported the view that Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq sent weapons and documents to Syria in | Read More »
The Crass Duplicity of Nancy Pelosi
Today’s Washington Post carries an op-ed by Marc Thiessen, author of Courting Disaster, concerning Nancy Pelosi‘s ever morphing story over what she knew about waterboarding. Before we go farther, in order to keep Media Matters or some other lefty from having an aneurysm let me stop and advise everyone that Courting Disaster is published by Regnery Publishing, a division of Eagle Publishing which is the | Read More »