The New Republic Staff

Double G, Double Trouble
January 12, 2007

Uh oh. Does this foreshadow a Rudy-Newt ticket? On a substantive note, the Iraqi Citizen Job Corps they propose doesn't sound like a bad idea. But analogizing the current situation in Iraq to the one in New York City in the 1990s seems like a stretch, to put it mildly. After all, Baghdad today would make even the worst neighborhood in the Bronx or East New York circa 1991 seem like the Upper East Side. --Jason Zengerle

Quien Es Mas Macho? Senor Steve Kagen O Senor Ricardo Montalban?
January 12, 2007

Apropos of Ryan's "Macho Dems" piece in last Sunday's NYT, here's a story Democratic Congressman Steve Kagen of Wisconsin recently told about himself to some of his constituents. From the Oshkosh Northwestern (via PoliticalWire): Kagen, D-Appleton, was among a group of freshman lawmakers invited to the White House on Nov.

Department Of Pots & Kettles
January 12, 2007

A brief, off-topic post for DC-area residents: This morning I suffered what I imagine is a widespread annoyance. Driving into work, I was hectored by a large public-safety ad that jeered, "Hey Slick, email the office later.

Lieberman Continues His Descent!
January 12, 2007

My accusation yesterday that Joe Lieberman is an apparatchik was clearly too mild. --Isaac Chotiner

Escalation?
January 12, 2007

There's been plenty of speculation lately that the White House is gearing up for some sort of military confrontation with Iran. First there was his speech two nights ago, in which Bush talked about "addressing Iran and Syria" with a rather menacing undertone. Then the U.S. military raided an Iranian liaison office in the Kurdish city of Irbil and took a couple of Iranians captive--a move roundly denounced by the Kurdish regional government.

Romney's Hypocritical Web
January 12, 2007

It'll be fun to watch Mitt Romney try to wriggle free from the web of contradictions he has crafted in such a short political career. He has not even announced his presidential campaign yet, but a press release issued today shows just how difficult Romney's journey will be.

Furrows In The Water
January 11, 2007

by David A. BellThe decision to escalate in Iraq reminds me of a series of letters I read a few years ago in the French military archives, from the French commanding general in Pamplona, Spain, in the years 1810-11. All right, it may not seem like an exactly obvious connection. But the war fought in Spain against Napoleon between 1808 and 1814 was a classic case of insurgency, seen by many historians as the first great modern example of the phenomenon. In fact, the word "guerrilla" was first popularized during the conflict (it comes from the Spanish for "little war").

The Presidential Plan
January 11, 2007

by Richard SternLast night, standing in front of bookcases (History), wearing a dark blue suit (Seriousness) and a light blue tie (Hope), a handkerchief barely visible in a breast pocket (Limited Hope), President Bush spoke soberly, without a single one of his tragic, self-betraying smirks, for twenty minutes about his "new" strategy for "winning" the war in Iraq.

Trouble For The Carter Center
January 11, 2007

The Carter Center sinks. No, I didn't say that the Carter Center stinks--although it does. The whole enterprise is now an embarrassment, not least to Emory University.

More On Presidential Libraries
January 11, 2007

Yesterday, I posted on The Spine a comment on presidential libraries and how they were being insanely planted on both coasts and everyplace in between. This touched a response from Paul Kennedy, the distinguished scholar and J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University. Many of you know his provocative and popular book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Among his other 12 volumes are close studies of Anglo-German hostilities and the naval mastery of the Brits. Anyway and not surprisingly, Kennedy has had his experiences with presidential libraries.

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