September 11, 2008
It's possible to skip the interminable first section of Bob Woodward's book and peek at a two-page summary of his conclusions about the war on pp. 320-21.
September 10, 2008
In late October 1987, Barack Obama and Jerry Kellman took a weekend off from their jobs as community organizers in Chicago and traveled to a conference on social justice and the black church at Harvard. During an evening break in the schedule, they strolled around campus in their shirtsleeves, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Two-and-a-half years earlier, Kellman had hired Obama to organize residents of Chicago's South Side. Now, Obama had something to tell his friend and mentor. It had to do, in part, with his father.
The Freedom To Publish
WASHINGTON--Gibson Square, a British publishing house, has announced that it will soon release "The Jewel of Medina," a novel by American author Sherry Jones whose publication in the United States was recently canceled by Random House for fear of triggering violence by Islamic fanatics. Bravo. The novel fictionalizes the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad and his youngest bride, Aisha.
In 1947, in the wake of the Second World War, a new national security structure for the U.S. government was designed to help meet the rising specter of the Cold War. In a single stroke, we created the Department of Defense, the CIA, the National Security Council (NSC), and the Department of the Air Force. This transformation, coming in the form of the National Security Act of 1947, set the basic structure of the government on security issues for over half a century.
The Empiricist Strikes Back
In the last few weeks, a number of people on the left have expressed disappointment with Barack Obama. Obama has said that the death penalty may be appropriate for child rape. He has applauded the Supreme Court's recognition of an individual right to own guns. He has voted for wiretapping reform that includes retroactive immunity for telephone companies.
IN LATE OCTOBER 1987, Barack Obama and Jerry Kellman took a weekend off from their jobs as community organizers in Chicago and traveled to a conference on social justice and the black church at Harvard. During an evening break in the schedule, they strolled around campus in their shirtsleeves, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. Two-and-a-half years earlier, Kellman had hired Obama to organize residents of Chicago's South Side. Now, Obama had something to tell his friend and mentor. It had to do, in part, with his father.
2,126 'Buts,' and 55 'Reagans'
With the arrival on the scene of a strange Alaskan who seems willing to say anything, I find myself looking in strange places for solace. News sites don't help, nor do blogs. They offer the reverse of being haunted by a relationship you once had: being haunted by a future relationship you don't want to have. I'm being forced to get to know someone whom I less and less enjoy knowing. My latest attempt to escape the northern chill was spent surfing a site called Speech Wars, created by Ben Reis in Jerusalem.
Here's how President Bush chose Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, according to Woodward. The atmospherics are exceedingly murky: Bush says he first considered Gates because "a friend he had gone to college with, whom he declined to identify, had first made the suggestion." Bush is adamant on the fact that he didn't consult George H.W. Bush about Gates.
September 09, 2008
The thought is on just about everybody's mind. But it is on almost no one's lips. It is a fearsome thought--and, recklessly deployed, could be hurtful. Perhaps given the blow to our country's security, it is inevitable that it will be reflected in various policing initiatives--some just, some not.
Did The White House Play Woodward?
Derek Chollet is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and coauthor of America Between the Wars. As Bob Woodward's new book The War Within rolls out this week, many Democrats are giddy at the skewering Bush is taking. According to the numerous press accounts of the book and the lengthy excerpts running this week in the Washington Post, Woodward portrays Bush at best as out of touch and at worst as duplicitous about the collapse of his Iraq strategy in 2006.