Larry Wilkerson On "sith Lord" Cheney
May 14, 2009
Colin Powell's former chief of staff employs the sort of taunting epithet you'd associate with a DailyKos blogger--except in this case it comes from a very senior official in Cheney's administration. Can you in 1,000 years imagine, say, Warren Christopher's former chief of staff, Tom Donilon, referring to Al Gore like that? More evidence of how divided the Republican Party has become.
TNR senior editor Michelle Cottle breaks down Dick Cheney's return to the spotlight, arguing that rather than "scream like a little girl and hide," the GOP should make it painfully clear that they'd prefer to forget about the Bush years. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Kirchick: Does a Journalist's Release Spell a Moderate Iran? Johnson: What Should the Next Stimulus Look Like? Cohn: A New Game Show: Why We Can't Trust Republicans on Health Reform!
Who's Steve Hayes's "expert"?
May 14, 2009
Various news outlets are reporting that the CIA has turned down Dick Cheney's request to release memos that Cheney contends show torture produced valuable intelligence. The reason the CIA gives for its refusal is that the memos are currently subject to pending FOIA litigation. Stephen Hayes, the Weekly Standard writer and Cheney biographer who first reported the CIA decision (presumably because Cheney gave his Boswell the CIA's rejection letter), is making a big stink about this, arguing that the CIA has come up with a bogus excuse.
Survivor: Gop Edition
May 12, 2009
Dick Cheney's Sunday morning bitch slap of Colin Powell clinched it: The GOP is fast degenerating into a trashy, smack-talking, back-stabbing reality spectacle ala "Real Housewives." So I'm thinking it's time to hammer out some details and make a pitch to the networks. Luckily, one of my colleagues is hitched to someone who runs her own development company. So we've got a leg up! But finding a winning formula can be tricky. Off the top of my head, I see a couple of obvious ways to go: 1.
Forget Cheney, Here's What Iraqis Think
March 16, 2009
Putting aside Dick Cheney's characteristically obnoxious claim that the U.S. "succeeded" in Iraq, this new poll of Iraqis from ABC News, the BBC, and Japan's NHK is encouraging: 85 percent of respondents describe the current security situation as very good or quite good (up 23 percent from a year ago); and 64 percent favor democracy as Iraq's form of government (up from 43 percent two years ago). Most encouraging, Sunnis are becoming more optimistic in their views about Iraq's future. That said, 56 percent of Iraqis still think that, contra Cheney, the U.S.'s decision to invade was wrong.
March 04, 2009
Dick Cheney is never known for his good cheer, but, when Politico interviewed him recently, he sounded especially dour on the subject of Barack Obama's intentions vis-a-vis counterterrorism. In what seemed like a direct slap at the new president, Cheney warned that national security is "a tough, mean, dirty, nasty business ... and we're not going to win this fight by turning the other cheek." While Cheney didn't come out and say so, he sounded pretty convinced that Obama was planning a civil-liberties bender.
February 04, 2009
Last year, a new Middle East lobby called J Street was formed to push American Jewish opinion in a more conciliatory direction. "What we're responding to," wrote J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami last year, "is that for too long there's been an alliance between the neo-cons, the radical right ofthe Christian Zionist movement and the far-right portions of the Jewish community that has really locked up what it means to be pro-Israel." Israel's supporters do have a distressing tendency to define their position in maximalist terms.
February 04, 2009
Last year, a new Middle East lobby called J Street was formed to push American Jewish opinion in a more conciliatory direction. "What we're responding to," wrote J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami last year, "is that for too long there's been an alliance between the neo-cons, the radical right of the Christian Zionist movement and the far-right portions of the Jewish community that has really locked up what it means to be pro-Israel." Israel's supporters do have a distressing tendency to define their position in maximalist terms.
Is Dick Cheney Rooting For The Terrorists?
February 04, 2009
Lest you think former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen--who's been busily laying the groundwork to blame Obama for any terrorist attack on the United States that occurs in the next four years--is a rogue element within the GOP, check out this interview Dick Cheney did with Politico: Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed. In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney
December 22, 2008
I made a gratuitous crack about Bill Kristol's intelligence in this post, and some time after writing it, I wondered: Had I been unjust to him? I mean, he's the son of two impressive intellectuals (Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb), he earned a PhD from Harvard with conservative heavyweight Harvey Mansfield, and over the years he has occasionally shown himself to be a thoughtful guy.