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The Perils of Arrogance

This is a very good column today by David Ignatius, a reminder of an essential flaw in the Bush Administration’s foreign policy–the neo-colonialist arrogance. One slight correction–if I’m not mistaken, David Kilcullen is already a State Department employee, and that’s a good thing.

Gore’s Fans, Continued

Biden also chimes in:

“Vice President Gore did what nobody else could do – he made global warming a kitchen-table issue. I am confident that our world will reap the benefits of his powerful call-to-action and international leadership for generations to come. Today’s award also recognizes that when it comes to climate change, there’s …

The CIA and its IG

The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times both have stories today on what the LA Times’ Greg Miller describes as CIA Director Michael Hayden’s “highly unusual challenge” to the CIA’s own internal watchdog. As he writes:

The move has prompted concerns that Hayden is seeking to rein in an inspector general who has used the office to

Gore’s Fans

Gore says he’ll likely endorse a candidate this cycle. There’s speculation that it might be Hillary, if only to facilitate some kind of Gore position in the admin. Personally, I think he may have learned his lesson about getting ahead of himself; another frontrunner flame out (however unlikely) would suck. And she’s certainly not the one …

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Today in Iraq

This is an excellent piece in the Times today about the Mahdi Army. And, if you’ll indulge me a bit, it demonstrates the mind-cracking complexity of the situation on the ground in Iraq. Muqtada Sadr is the most popular Shi’ite politician in Iraq, mostly on the strength of his father’s reputation. His militia, the Mahdi Army, is likely …

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The Horror. The Horror.

Paul Krugman has a terrific column–reinforcing Karen’s Swamp outrage the past few days–about the Republican propaganda campaign to discredit a child. Krugman’s larger point is that this is business as usual for the latter-day Republican Party and also for much of the mainstream media. (Did CNN really buy the GOP disinformation? If so, …

Gore Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

But, no, Eric Pooley tells us, he still doesn’t want to run for President again.

UPDATE: Point well taken, P_Luk:

Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Time Inc doesn’t bother listing his accomplishments — or even linking to the citation of the Nobel Committee — instead we get a couple of hundreds words about speculation regarding

Talkin’ ‘Bout My (Sigh) Generation…

This press release just in from the Social Security Administration:

First Baby Boomer in Nation to Apply for
Social Security Retirement –Online

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, invites the media to join him and Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, the nation’s first Baby Boomer, as she files for her Social Security

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