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Archive for May 24th, 2009

Picking Up the Pieces

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Picking Up the Pieces

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Since President Obama took office a little over four months ago, we’ve heard little from our old pal Dubya. (Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the persistent and pugnacious Dick Cheney.) This week, however, the former president spoke to a high school class in New Mexico about when he first realized he was no longer running the United States.

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Fareed Zakaria: “Everything You Know About Iran Is Wrong”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Fareed Zakaria: “Everything You Know About Iran Is Wrong”
verything you know about Iran is wrong, or at least more complicated than you think. Take the bomb. The regime wants to be a nuclear…

Mark Levin Berates Caller: “I Don’t Know Why Your Husband Doesn’t Put A Gun To His Temple”
Conor Friedersdorf at the American Scene transcribes the following exchange from Mark Levin’s radio program yesterday afternoon: CALLER: I just wanna say, Obama is a…

GOP Rep Jason Chaffetz Slams ‘Reprehensible’ RNC Video Comparing Pelosi To Pussy Galore
At least one Republican doesn’t think it’s OK to compare Nancy Pelosi to Pussy Galore. After viewing an RNC video that juxtaposed the speaker with…


House Rejects Effort to Probe Pelosi On CIA Claim

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

House Rejects Effort to Probe Pelosi On CIA Claim
That GOP effort to get a congressional investigation into Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the CIA lied to her about torture? Looks like it didn’t get too far. The Associated Press reports that the House voted by 252-172 to block the…





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Waterboarding Isn’t Torture!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Waterboarding Isn’t Torture!


THE OTHER ISRAEL

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

THE OTHER ISRAEL
I got a reminder in my inbox today about the other face of Israel, not the face of Bibi or Lieberman or the ultra-Orthodox or the settlers. Although, the press release did come from the NY Consulate which falls within…





Obama Stands up for State Authority; Overturns Bush’s Supression of States’ RIghts
While you hear rightwing state politicians beating their chests about “states rights” and even potential secession, you might have missed them applauding Obama this week taking multiple steps to restore state regulatory authority against an overreaching federal government that, under…

Wilson, Ikenberry, Slaughter, the Neocons: Four Peas in a Pod
John Ikenberry seems to me to be exactly right that Wilson showed himself to be realistic when the final Covenant of the League was set up. While it would have been preferable that the League be dominated by democratic…


Rove: Legal ?Mess? at Guantanamo Is Obama Administration?s Fault

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Rove: Legal ?Mess? at Guantanamo Is Obama Administration?s Fault
In his national security speech Thursday, President Obama addressed the controversy being stirred by conservatives over his decision to close Guantanamo. Obama forcefully said that he inherited a legal “mess” that has consumed his administration’s time and energy: There are 240 people there who have now spent years in legal limbo. In dealing with this situation, […]

rove14In his national security speech Thursday, President Obama addressed the controversy being stirred by conservatives over his decision to close Guantanamo. Obama forcefully said that he inherited a legal “mess” that has consumed his administration’s time and energy:

There are 240 people there who have now spent years in legal limbo. In dealing with this situation, we do not have the luxury of starting from scratch. We are cleaning up something that is – quite simply – a mess; a misguided experiment that has left in its wake a flood of legal challenges that my Administration is forced to deal with on a constant basis, and that consumes the time of government officials whose time should be spent on better protecting our country.

Yesterday, on the Brian and the Judge radio show, Karl Rove was angered by Obama’s critiques of the Bush administration, and he disputed the fact that the Bush administration had left a “mess” at Guantanamo. When conservative judge Andrew Napolitano noted that Obama “does have a constitutional mess on his hands,” Rove responded by saying that the “mess” is being caused by litigation from Attorney General Eric Holder — who is apparently “arguing against the government”:

ROVE: What’s ironic to me is that yesterday he said “this is a mess that was left to me by my predecessors.” No. This is a mess, to the extent that it is a mess, left to him by his friends and allies like Attorney General Eric Holder. Remember, there are DOJ appointees of this president who are in court arguing against the government’s position on these kind of things. I mean, it is his friends and allies and in some instances, his appointees who are in court arguing for an expansion of the rights of the terrorists and arguing for an end to the military commissions.

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It’s unclear what cases Rove is referring to. There has been no litigation on the military commissions since Obama took office in January.

The lingering legal mess at Guantanamo, of course, was created by Bush. Obama now must determine “where to imprison and/or try the remaining approximately 250 Guantanamo detainees, many of whom have already been declared eligible for release.” This is complicated by the fact that multiple detainees have not been able to go to trial because of inadmissible evidence obtained through torture or hearsay. The international community is also encountering similar problems in repatriating Guantanamo detainees. Perhaps worst of all, Bush’s kangaroo courts have produced only three convictions.

As Obama noted Thursday, “the problem of what to do with Guantanamo detainees was not caused by my decision to close the facility; the problem exists because of the decision to open Guantanamo in the first place.”


With Health-Care Bill, Baucus May Define His Career and His Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

With Health-Care Bill, Baucus May Define His Career and His Party
Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, may be President Obama’s most critical ally on health-care reform. But which version of the independent-minded Montanan will preside as the debate intensifies this summer?


Pelosi, Like Clinton, Plays Down Human Rights Before China Trip
BEIJING, May 24 — For the second time this year, a top U.S. official visiting China has declined in advance to publicly discuss Beijing’s human rights record, a shift in practice that comes almost exactly two decades after the Tiananmen Square massacre.


U.S. Presses Israel to End Expansion of Settlements; Bush Pact Complicates Issue
The Obama administration is pressing the Israeli government to halt the expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas, U.S. and Israeli officials said, seeking a visible symbol of progress on peace that might inspire Arab states to consider normalizing relations with Jerusalem. The…



A Smart, Not Sell-Out, Terror Policy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 24th, 2009 4:29 am by HL

A Smart, Not Sell-Out, Terror Policy
Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

Pakistanis Angry at U.S. Policy, Attitudes
Eleanor Clift, Newsweek

$1 Trillion and Counting for Our Two Wars
Jo Comerford, The Nation

Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu

The Terrorists’ Best U.S. Hope
Dick Morris & Eileen McGann, New York Post