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)
In a press conference today the president vented his frustration at the latest example: partisan cliffhanging about lifting the country’s debt ceiling. The obstacles lie both in Washington, where the heart of the problem is the supermajority hurdle in the Senate, and in many individual states. A magnificent constitutional framework of checks and balances, designed [...]
That’s what it was. Hollow, cheap bromides. Obama’s insight? ‘Out innovate competitors’ isn’t just meaningless. Innovation isn’t the American problem. It’s that once the R&D is done, the scale up to manufacturing is taken offshore. Not just because it’s cheaper. We’ve lost the entire network of infrastructure expertise necessary to proceed to scale manufacturing in [...]
Howie Kurtz, one hopes, has a good tailor. Repairing frayed knees in slacks takes talent. While ostensibly ‘reporting’ on controversy over Iraq, Kurtz twice in the last week has written airball fluff pieces on Young Bill Kristol. Today it is “Bill Kristol, Highly Recommended.” Just two days ago, he wrote glowingly of Kristol and the [...]
This Collection is available to the public. _______________________ Haven’t posted because nothing has changed. And the trajectory of likely developments along a course we’ve all covered together, yes?