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The Difference Between Bush and Competence

Just got off a Joe Biden conference call and the Senator made this absolutely wonderful point: If the President was told that there was new intelligence about Iran’s nuclear program last August and he didn’t ask what that intelligence was, as Bush claimed this morning, “If that’s true then this is…the most incompetent President in …

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Norman is Disappointed

Podhoretz the Elder, a man whose world view has become so twisted that he’s disappointed we might not have to bomb Iran now offers this:

But I entertain an even darker suspicion. It is that the intelligence community, which has for some years now been leaking material calculated to undermine George W. Bush, is doing it again. This time

The 15-million question

Candidates (and reporters) often throw around numbers without telling people where they come from. Fifteen million is one you may be hearing a lot lately in the presidential campaign. It’s the estimate Hillary Clinton uses for how many people would still lack coverage under Barack Obama’s health care plan, which–unlike hers and John …

Re: SwampCast

Yes, I am “bedraggled.” Sorry. It had been a long day. It is, in fact, still going on. Am at the McCain MySpace/MTV forum. After a day of not-very-funny jokes about how he’d have to answer questions about, dunno, Britney. But almost all the questions haven’t been just serious, but about foreign policy. Oh, and global warming. All in all, …

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More on Iran

I just spoke with a senior U.S. intelligence official who made the following points:

1. the NIE was made with a “high” degree of certainty, which means there was more than one information stream confirming it.

2. our “collection” capability within Iran has improved considerably over the past few years.

3. that Iran once did actually …

Romney’s Non-Mormon Speech

Just left a Romney town hall here in Manchester; Romney’s campaign refers to town halls as “Ask Mitt Anything” events. There was much joking among the press corps before the event started about whether or not “anything” would include trivia about the Mormon church, what with the campaign admitting — we thought — it was a legitimate …

Bob Reich

was not only Bill Clinton’s labor secretary, but also, one of his oldest friends, having met the future President aboard an ocean liner in 1968, when both were on their way to studying as Rhodes scholars at Oxford. That’s what makes this broadside so interesting. (The Obama campaign eagerly distributed it to its media email list; …

Re Holy Moly

The inevitable spin out of the Bush Administration will be that the NIE is proof that their approach on Iran has worked. In fact, expect to hear and read lots of analysis and punditry about how Chris Hill’s success in North Korea, positive surge-induced developments in Iraq, the promise of progress emanating from Annapolis and even, why …

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Holy Moly, Indeed!

As Ana notes below, the initial NY Times bulletin was not only correct, but understated the case. This is an N.I.E., a consensus view of all 16 US intelligence agencies…and here’s Steve Hadley’s hilarious reaction:

“It confirms that we were right to be worried about Iran seeking to develop nuclear weapons,” Mr. Hadley said. “It

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