FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ken Hughes, Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate

By: Sunday October 26, 2014 1:59 pm

Ken Hughes has been at this a long time. He started working as a researcher for the Miller Center at the University of Virginia in 1996 and is rightly considered one of the nation’s experts on the Nixon Tapes (and the Johnson tapes). His book, I think his first, is a fascinating look into the Nixon character and a scandal that dwarfs the Watergate break-in.


Kiev Holds Peace Talks, Doesn’t Invite Other Side

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 6:40 am

And you thought the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were doomed. The gang in Kiev has decided to conduct peace talks apparently only forgetting one thing, you have to talk to the people you are supposedly trying to make peace with. Unilateral peace talks seems like a contradiction in terms.

Syrian Rebels to Reject U.S./Russia-Sponsored Peace Talks?

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 5:00 pm

The U.S. has made a major concession in order to get a Syria peace conference off the ground. Specifically, Secretary of State John Kerry divorced himself from the rebels’ ‘first Assad must go’ peace talks precondition.

Is Peace Getting in the Way of Our War Plans?

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 5:00 pm

What a bizarre circumstance this is. The irrational Iranians are behaving too reasonably.

Washington Post Blames Brits to Protect Petraeus in Mansour Impostor Fiasco

By: Friday November 26, 2010 8:10 am

On Tuesday we learned that the much-heralded “peace talks” NATO orchestrated between the Afghan government and Taliban officials had included several meetings with an impostor claiming to be Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. This news appeared to place General David Petraeus in a very bad light, as he had even been described as having “facilitated the talks by allowing Taliban officials to fly to the meetings in safety.” Little wonder, then, that the Washington Post felt obligated to engage in some Petraeus image rehabilitation. They happily did so today by trying to place the blame for the impostor on the British. The New York Times was quite happy to join in on this effort, contributing a “no comment” from British intelligence and quoting a passage from the Post article describing “the British as more aggressive than the Americans in pushing for a political settlement to end the war.”

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