Transparency and Sausage Making
January 12, 2010
When the Democrats announced that they would be forgoing conference committee proceedings and negotiating a final health care reform bill informally, critics pounced on President Barack Obama for violating his promise of greater transparency in government. And I, for one, had no great urge to defend him. As a presidential candidate, Obama had not merely promised to introduce more transparency to government.
May 14, 2007
Richard Cheney was in Dubai on Saturday. There were no big rallies, although the AP calls the tiny emirate "this tightly controlled U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf." It's also a Sunni state, and it has the largest population of all the emirates at 1.4 million with a 3:1 ratio men over women. But, of the 1.4 million people, only 17% are natives, not just from Dubai itself, but from all the other mini-states, really mini-states, in the U.A.E. I have posted about Dubai several times.
March 11, 2007
By Stanley I. Kutler I. Lewis Libby's conviction for obstruction of justice and perjury has left a wake of unresolved questions. For one, we have Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's curious refusal to move against Richard Armitage, who acknowledged he was the original leaker in the case. Armitage, of course, is that invaluable Washington commodity--he leaks. More in question are Fitzgerald's unwillingness to secure an indictment of Karl Rove, and his failure to call Vice President Richard Cheney as a witness.
Costa Rica Diarist: Democracia
December 04, 1989
Where were you when you learned about the fall of the Wall? Me, I was in a grubby, dimly lit roadside police station in rural Costa Rica. Having just emerged from two days of shooting rapids on a rubber raft through jungle mountains, followed by a morning at a remote, coconut-covered beach on the Atlantic coast where the sand and the inhabitants alike are mostly black and mostly untroubled, I was out of touch with everything except the elements.