Open mike nite on the Republican debate circus in Dearborn . . .
All of us bear responsibility [for a double agent penetrating and catastrophically killing five CIA officers and two contractors in Khost, Afghanistan], and all of us have to fix this. It would have been easier to go after one person, so then everyone else could just go back to business as usual. — Leon Panetta on the New Nobility of sweeping things under the rug (Oct. 2010)
The Times’ piece on the drone assassination program reveals depressing and all too predictably sordid details about the routinization of murder 2009-2012. We also see another glimpse of Obama the political actor. Sure, he’s exposed (again) as politically expedient, hiding his actual intent and practice behind empty rhetoric. He thinks he’s clever enough to fool [...]
Good old Dave. Always the overachiever is he. Completely dependable, too. In the slick, Washingtonian-instrumental-let’s-use-each-other sort of way. A shame he’s no strategic genius. When political science attempted to mean something other than a plug on Morning Joe, a number of scholars (notice how we don’t use that word anymore? Instead, we get Michael Beschloss) [...]
How funny to watch Ackerman and Yglesias ponder why Hollywood doesn’t make more movies about them — you know, intrepid journalists (read ‘journalism/blogging in underwear with mustard dribbling down the chin’). To quote the American sage, Bugs Bunny, ‘maroons.’ Note to above maroons: *any* Hollywood movie by definition omits the ‘boring parts’ like life and [...]
So Obama et al. keep living down to what we all here have been saying consistently since 2007. We all might want to cop to being impolite, but we should also all relish declaring a resounding “We told you so!” Immature, but it feels good. Still, what to make of so-called Progressives and Liberals — [...]