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.
Bush V. Cheney?
January 23, 2007
Forget the shoddy memory defense. It looks like Scooter Libby's settled on a new strategy to avoid the slammer: blame the White House and Karl Rove. Byron York reports from the Libby trial: [Libby defense attorney Ted] Wells told the jury that the White House went all out to defend Rove against accusations he revealed Mrs. Wilson's identity, but did not protect Libby in the same way, leading Libby to suspect that he was being singled out for blame in the matter. "[Mr. Libby] was concerned about being the scapegoat," Wells said. "Mr.
Saddam, In His Own Words
January 09, 2007
John Burns has a remarkable, chillingly good piece in today's Times. Tapes made years ago reveal Saddam Hussein discussing the use of chemical weapons against Kurdish Iraqis. Some excerpts: Mr. Hussein sounds matter of fact as he describes what chemical weapons will do. "They will prevent people eating and drinking the local water, and they won't be able to sleep in their beds," he says. "They will force people to leave their homes and make them uninhabitable until they have been decontaminated."[Snip]But it was Mr.
December 30, 2006
Unnervingly, when I heard that Saddam Hussein had indeed been executed around 10pm EST tonight at the gallows, and I popped open a laptop and saw the weirdly pathetic, face-etched-with-wrinkles portrait of him the Washington Post posted on their homepage (note: These photos rotate, but it was like this one), I felt a pang of pity for the guy.
November 07, 2006
Well, wouldn't you know it? Now that Saddam Hussein has been condemned to execution by hanging, there appears to be great agitation in the world about his death sentence. It seems to me that maybe there should be a consensus on a few people in the world who actually deserve to be executed. How about Osama bin Laden for one? Or, looking backwards, Hitler or Goebbels?
October 12, 2006
And, while we're on to expensive houses ... This one belongs to Abu Hamza, the former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque, where all kinds of fanatics and even terrorists congregate. Hamza is on trial for "incitement to murder." He bought a house for roughly $800,000 in cash and leased it out. Meanwhile he is "penniless," and his wife and seven children live in a welfare council house valued at nearly $1.2 million. Look at Tuesday's London Daily Telegraph. How these truly disloyal and fanatical people must laugh at Western societies.
Rules Of Evidence
September 22, 2006
Just before noon yesterday, Thursday, The New York Times released online a dispatch telling us that U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled against the prosecutor in the trial of Scooter Libby on how much and what classified information could be made public in the proceedings. I know that this will distress so-called civil libertarians, because they don't want Libby to be able to exercise his procedural rights. On the other hand, and especially with prosecutions in terrorist cases, these same civil libertarians want the defendants to know absolutely everything.
Age of Innocence
June 02, 2004
Editor's Note: This article has been corrected. If the last few years have taught us anything about the Oscars, it's that the Academy loves a glamorous actress in an unglamorous role. There was Hillary Swank's reverse drag act in 1999, Julia Robert's white-trash beauty queen in 2000, Halle Berry's inmate's widow in 2001, and Nicole Kidman's Pinocchio act in 2002.
Land That Time Forgot
May 11, 2004
Every now and then, a film comes along that clearly demonstrates how low our expectations for the medium have fallen: Give us a few laughs or thrills and avoid abject stupidities, and we'll probably be happy. Osama, the first film produced in post-Taliban Afghanistan, is a reminder that motion pictures can do more, that at their best they can transport us, with utter conviction, to a time and place far removed from our own. In this case the "time" in question is only a few years ago, before the toppling of the Taliban, but it might as easily be millennia.
October 18, 1999
There's something more than a little disingenuous about the demands for Patrick Buchanan's political excommunication coming from several Republican presidential candidates, not to mention the former "Crossfire" host's media chums. Buchanan's sympathy for Nazi Germany's strategic predicament is hardly new and is certainly not a secret. For more than 20 years, he has been publicly ventilating his peculiar penchant for a revisionist assessment of both Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.