Rocky Mountain High (Hotel Rates)

The Dems just made it official. They are having their 2008 convention in Denver:

Judith Stoler, our logistical coordinator here at TIME, was way ahead of the news: She learned months ago that the DNC had already booked 90% of all the hotels you would want to stay in there. And of course, the rates for the rest of us will be doubled, as usual.


Condi at the Foreign Relations Committee:

“The Iraqis have developed a plan…and we will support that plan.”

The most blatant nonsense in the President’s speech was that we’re just supporting an Iraqi plan to escalate. Now Condi’s doing it. Disingenuous and insulting.

Did Anyone Notice This?

Senator John Warner, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Commitee, pointedly did not support the President last night. He did it in the most perfectly Senatorial way, by indirection:

Larry, I found the speech to be credible and sincere. And it does lay down a plan that reflects a lot of study by the executive branch, a lot of


The absolute worst moment of President Bush’s dreadful speech last night was when he threatened to take action against Syria and Iran:

Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are

Where does it go from here?

Today’s Washington Post tells us that House Democrats are seriously considering cutting off the money for Bush’s plan to send nearly 22,000 more troops to Iraq–which would be the most serious foreign policy confrontation between a President and Congress since the Vietnam War. But that takes two houses.

The group to watch here is not …

LIVEBLOGGING: The Surge Speech

9:01 PM: Stumble on the first sentence. He didn’t even get to the “pulling the statue down” segment.

9:02 PM: LOOK! There are books behind him. I sense an air of … smartness…

9:03 PM: “Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me”? Where? Like, somewhere else in addition to Iraq?

9:04 PM: First mention, …

“Audacious Shake of the Dice”

As we prepare to hear the, what, fifth (?) announcement of a “plan for victory” in Iraq since “Mission Accomplished”, it’s instructive to wander down Memory Lane and visit the hollow reams of punditry that helped convince the American people that the war was a good idea. Particularly appalling are those arguments that seems based solely …

It’s an Iraqi Initiative!

One of the more outlandish conceits of Bush’s speech tonight, is that he will pretend that the escalation is, essentially, an Iraqi initiative–and we’re just there to back up and help out. This is, of course, utter nonsense. Iraq doesn’t have a coherent government, much less “ideas” or much motivation for finding ways to knit together …

I Always Lie. I Am Lying to You Now.

One of those slick reporter types tried to trip up a Senior Administration Official this afternoon by pointing out that, you know, “nothing short of victory” (past Bush assertion) is not exactly compatible with “our commitment is not open-ended” (current Bush assertion). And, of course, there’s this:

Can you tell us whether the

Good Point

Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, one of the wisest Democrats on national security issues, made an important–and overlooked–point at the Dems noon press conference today: Bush’s implausible escalation is going to increase public skepticism about any U.S. policy actions in the region (and, I’d add, the world). Some of the public …

Re: I’m like a chocoholic, but for nicotine.

If John Boehner starts missing a lot of votes, Ana, we’ll know why. He’s over on the other end of the Capitol bumming cigarettes from Barack Obama. The smoking ban is a big win for Henry Waxman. When the Republicans still ran things,some staffers in the Energy and Commerce Committee offices used to stub their cigarettes out in an …

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