Who Was – and Was Not – in on Rumsfeld’s Iraq “Plan”

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 12:36 pm

Gawker has liberated Iraq some of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumfeld’s papers on Iraq and Afghanistan — and apparently Rummy was coaching some of the leadership team on the “plan” that wasn’t.


Thanks for pretending to finally care

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 1:30 am

Nobody in power can ever anticipate anything, except that nothing ever comes of anything that should have consequences.

Truth finally puts on its dockers, few notice

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 1:30 am

Regrets Curvball’s had just a few, which is more than the Bush Administration can mention.

A Tale of Two Acronyms: What Fierce Advocacy Actually Looks Like – START vs. DADT

By: Friday December 17, 2010 6:01 am

President Obama, like all presidents, often says he “wants” or is even “fighting” for something, but in fact puts no real effort into actually making it happen. It could be he doesn’t want to spend political capital because he thinks it is a lost cause, thinks it is fairly unimportant, or even doesn’t really want it, but thinks it is smart politics to pretend he does.

That is why it is important to recognize what a president acting as a “fierce advocate” actually looks like so you can distinguish the real thing from empty rhetoric. We are seeing a what a real full-court press from the administration is when it comes to the START treaty.

The Crooks Trying to Bail Out Alberto Gonzales

By: Friday December 3, 2010 4:50 pm

Let me start by stating that the words “legal” and “trust” don’t belong on a letterhead with Alberto Gonzales’ name blazoned at the top.

But that’s not the most interesting part of the letter soliciting donations for a legal defense fund for AGAG (linked by Main Justice). It’s the number of signers who were deeply embroiled in Bush Administration corruption. Starting, appropriately enough, with Bush himself.

And the Bad Advice Rolls On: Rendell Suggests “Imperfect” Powell for Obama CoS

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 6:59 am

There are probably worse ideas for White House Chief of Staff, but I gagged on my homemade soup when outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Fast Eddie Rendell suggested that Barack Obama choose Colin Powell as his Chief of Staff.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 12:00 pm

Bob Woodward’s inside-the-White-House books always provide scoops and provoke controversy and his new one, Obama’s Wars, is no different, but with one vital twist: It is less a look back than a look around. Readers don’t merely re-live or debate, say, a president’s decision to start a war – nothing much can change that – but how he is now conducting, even escalating, a conflict at a key moment. The book concludes with an Oval Office interview with President Obama less than three months ago.

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