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October 3, 2007

Blackwater Incident

Filed under: Iraq,News - 03 Oct 2007

The New York Times has an article this morning detailing at least part of the incident involving Blackwater contractors that resulted in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 24 more. Reading the article requires a …

October 2, 2007

Outsourcing Our Military

Filed under: Congress,Iraq,Military,News,War - 02 Oct 2007

As today’s Congressional hearings on Blackwater begin I highly recommend reading the latest article on the role of military contractors in Iraq. The depth of their involvement is breathtaking and the problems caused by this involvement may be …

September 7, 2007

The Man in Cheney’s Shadow and Unilateral Executive Action

Filed under: Bush,Law,Terrorism,White House - 07 Sep 2007

David Addington, Mr. Cheney’s consigliere and chief of staff, has kept a low profile while shaping much of the Bush Administration’s terrorism policies. While others such as John Yoo have gained notoriety for their legal opinions and theories, Mr. …

September 6, 2007

Deconstructing the German Terrorist Plot

Filed under: News,Terrorism,Violence - 06 Sep 2007

German authorities have announced the break up of a terrorist ring that was targeting both an American base in Germany and the Frankfurt airport. The alleged terrorists had been under surveillance for several months and the initial reports seem …

August 30, 2007

Democratic Divisions on Terrorism

Filed under: News,Terrorism - 30 Aug 2007

Today’s Washington Post has a story Democratic Divisions on how to approach the Bush Administration’s over-reaching tactics in the war on terror, specifically the warrantless eavesdropping program. One quote in particular grabbed my attention (from the Post):…

August 27, 2007

Gonzales Resigns

Filed under: DOJ,News,Politics,White House - 27 Aug 2007

Alberto GonzalesMr. Gonzales will announce his resignation as Attorney General today, bringing to an end an era of nearly unparalleled incompetence and dishonesty in our highest legal office. Mr. Gonzales has offered false testimony …

August 22, 2007

The Vietnam Analogy

Filed under: Bush,Iraq,News - 22 Aug 2007

It has not been uncommon over the last several words to hear allusions to the “v word” – Vietnam. Supporters of the war have squashed any analogy with our Asian adventure, often claiming that Iraq is a very different …

August 20, 2007

Hillary’s Hawkishness an Endorsement of the Surge?

Filed under: Elections,Iraq,News - 20 Aug 2007

The Drudge Report is currently leading with a headline entitled: Hillary on Surge? ‘It’s working’ . . . While Mrs. Clinton is certainly one of the more hawkish Democratic candidates I was surprised that she had come out in …

August 19, 2007

The Pervasive Reach of Karl Rove

Filed under: Bush,News,White House - 19 Aug 2007

The Washington Post details today the extent of Karl Rove’s program that put tax money to work promoting the interests of the Republican Party. Currently under investigation by Congress, the program funneled government money to swing districts and used …

August 18, 2007


Filed under: Bush,White House - 18 Aug 2007

When Mr. Bush was campaigning in 1999 and 2000, he often promised a new era of government. He pledged to return dignity to the White House in the wake of the Republican driven Lewinsky fiasco, and he has often …

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