Questions for Dean Slaughter

    Spurred by recent posts by Anne-Marie Slaughter and comments by denizens, I went back and reviewed the Princeton Project on National Security's report, "Forging a World of Liberty Under Law," co-authored by Anne-Marie and John Ikenberry. http://www.wws.princeton.edu/ppns/report/FinalReport.pdf I will stipulate...

    Bill Moyers' Journal (PBS) on Impeachment

    The danger of not impeaching now, in view of the dangerous precedent being set for extra-Constitutional behavior by future presidents - was made repeatedly on Bill Moyers' Journal on PBS last night. It's a compelling argument. Moyers' entire program was...

    Ahmadinejad misquoted; not genocidal in relation to Israel (Juan Cole)

    I'm posting this in the hope that we will be able to avoid a foolish war with Iran, justifications for which are in no small part seemingly based on the misquoting of Ahmadinejad. Note that Cole hardly thinks highly of...
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    Xenophobia significant in America? Yes, MHO

    I’ve had better days in the fight for things in which I believe deeply. Nathan Newman began a chain noting a religious split on the question of immigration. I wrote a bit about this over there. I felt rather lonely–far...

    The End of Iraq, by Peter Galbraith

    Highly recommended. This is the smartest analysis I've seen. Galbraith, another of JK Galbraith's sons, offers not only well-informed, biting criticism but thoughts on where to go from here: essentially, to gradually withdraw troops everywhere except perhaps in Kurdistan, where,...
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    This story needs circulation Right Wing Blogger Sues and Wins

    Right-Winger Sues Blogger And Wins -- Lee Kaplan writes at David Horowitz's far-right, anti-Muslim FrontPageMag.com. A college student set up the blog Lee Kaplan Watch to expose what the guy is writing. He was sued by Kaplan in small claims...
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    National Public Radio Hawks Huckabee

    This morning’s Morning Edition featured a puff piece on Mike Huckabee, the title of which on the NPR web page is Huckabee's Appeal Doesn't Help Presidential Bid . The paragraph introducing the story on the web reads: Republican presidential candidate...
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    Reason and Rhetoric Take Back America 2007

    About this time next week I’ll be rubbing shoulders with some of America’s most exciting progressive/liberal spokesmen and activists at the 2007 Take Back America Conference. I know I’ll wish I could clone myself, because there will be simultaneous sessions...

    Fareed Zakaria article in Newsweek, "Beyond Bush"

    The cover story of the new edition of Newsweek (June 11, 2007) features an article by Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, frequent contributor to The Washington Post and numerous other prominent publications, author of several books including The New...
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    Warrior Joe and the Boots on the Ground: "When are we going to get out of here?"

    ~Geez ... At least he was dressed to look the part.I hope he had plenty of sunscreen . . .Read on . . .BAGHDAD, Iraq - Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket...

    Choice snippets from The Ugly American

    (from the book, written in 1958, not the far inferior movie, where the Ambassador MacWhite character played by Brando is not much like the Ambassador MacWhite portrayed in the book) pp. 108-109, Philippine Minister of Defense Magsaysay to Ambassador MacWhite:...

    Movie rec: "Half Nelson"

    In portraying a caring, unorthodox, in many ways effective inner-city high school history teacher with a drug problem, Ryan Gosling does about as good a job of acting as anyone I've seen in a long time. He completely sold that...
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    The State of the Nation's Health ... by Maggie Mahar

    From an article in the Dartmouth Medicine Magazine in the Spring of 2007http://dartmed.dartmouth.edu/spring07/print/atlas.php The State of the Nation's Health The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation. Does that money buy what it should? Not according...
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    Aristotle Chimes in on the Immigration Debate

    Well, actually he doesn’t, but he said some things worth considering, I think. And they came to mind as I read Nathan Newman’s entry, What looks like a Crappy Immigration Deal. I’m going to come to this in my usual...
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    Aren't We All Working Class?

    I hiked about three or four miles down a bike path converted from an abandoned rail spur this afternoon, with the object of visiting my next door neighbor. I could have visited him by walking the thirty plus feet from...
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    One Soldier's First Hand Opinion on the News Coverage

    ~ Here at the cafe, there has been much bandwidth used and keystrokes struck related to complaints of the news coverage or lack thereof of the ground truth from Iraq. Following is one lone soldier's personal take from his first...
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    Aristotle Meets Goldilocks

    I do O.K. with Aristotle. Modern philosophers, especially the more mathematical ones sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies. I noticed a few years ago that Aristotle has an affinity to Goldilocks. For him, the Virtuous Mean lay between extremes of deficiency...
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    Patron: Eumenides? Tailor: Why, Euripides?

    Have the groans subsided yet? One hopes to be forgiven, eventually. The university at which I work requires a core history/political studies course of all freshmen, the faculty for which are provided by the history and political science departments. As...
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    To Blog or Not to Blog?

    Hamlet like, I’ve tossed this idea back and forth in my mind for some time now. Do I have anything of interest to put before the readers at TPM Café? Am I obsessive enough to keep at it? Is my...

    Imus discussion on Meet the Press...

    I suffer from insomnia, and on some sleepless occasions, disgusted with the "cute news" with the O'Brians on CNN, I'd turn the tv to the Imus show - it aired between 2:30AM and 6AM on the West coast. There were...

    Palestinian Unity Prime Minister Haniyeh (Hamas) on C-Span

    C-Span will be carrying a speech by Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority, Hamas Party. He'll be speaking about the new coalition government. The program will be aired on C-Span1 on Wed. March 21 at 6:09 AM EDT, and lasts...
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    The TPM "Apologists for the Scumbags" ... the MSM and Valerie Plame

    ~ Small snippets of press and pundit quotes related to the previous status of Valerie Wilson Plame: Washington Post editorial: “The trial has provided…no evidence that she was, in fact, covert.” [Washington Post, 3/7/07]Mort Kondracke: “I frankly don’t think since...
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    Valerie Wilson to Appear Before Waxman Committee!

    ~ Coming March 16No telling what's going to shake out during the hearing. What with the Wilson civil suit pending, in addition to that which the CIA affords Ms. Wilson to speak openly about in relationship to her past CIA employment,...
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    Russia

    Following artappraiser's example on China, here are some excerpts, links and notes on Russian activity of interest. ...

    U.S., Iraq propose diplomatic talks w/ Iran, Syria AND New Iraqi oil law

    This new change seems to indicate an abrupt about face in U.S. policy. It's about time that the Bush administration started heeding the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, but it remains to be seen whether this will be a...

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