TRANSCRIPT OF SCOWCROFT-BRZEZINSKI MEETING

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A small meeting I hosted on Thursday with former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski to inaugurate the launch of a suite of new foreign policy programs at the New America Foundation continues to draw attention. Watch for an article in tomorrow’s New York Times by Steve Weisman that draws on material from the luncheon discussion. There are now countless articles out there on the web that address Scowcroft’s comments and President Bush’s rebuttal. There are also many…

STREAMING VIDEO OF MEETING WITH BRENT SCOWCROFT AND ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI

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This requires Quick Time to watch, but we have just posted a streaming video link to the lunch meeting I chaired yesterday with former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski. You can watch the program here. I know that the sound could be light years better, but shortly, we should have some transcripts up, at least a rough cut. — Steve Clemons

GEORGE W. BUSH TAKES EXCEPTION TO SCOWCROFT’S COMMENTS

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A short while ago, reporters asked President Bush for a reaction to comments made at the foreign policy luncheon I organized yesterday in the Senate with former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski. We have been flooded by calls for the transcript ever since — and will be posting them shortly on this site. Until then, here is a Washington Post article that was just published on the web (and out in tomorrow’s paper) by William Branigan on…

AL GONZALES’S SECRET MEMOS “FAIR GAME” BY HISTORICAL STANDARD

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My lawyer friend BG, whom I hope will one day be a Senator from a red state, sent this interesting note on the legal precedent of Congress’s right to know the content of Gonzales’s secret memos: The following is from a 1941 opinion issued by Robert Jackson when he was Attorney General. Jackson, who had previously served as Solicitor General and later went on to be a Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg prosecutor, probably understood the need to protect executive…

A U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ROAD MAP FOR 2005: VIEWS FROM BRENT SCOWCROFT AND ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI

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Tomorrow (Thursday), I have organized a meeting in the U.S. Senate for an eclectic group of foreign policy thinkers, writers, and activists. Although we have about 50 people attending, I am working with a number of collaborators to try and prop up some worthy new thinking in the foreign policy sandbox and to get more progressive and centrist thinkers pulling partly the same way. To kick things off, I have asked former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski…

BROADBAND COMPETITION UNWINDING: THE TRUE COST OF A “POLITICS OF DISTRACTION”

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Last night, I read through an interesting set of papers prepared by the left-lurching Institute for Policy Studies. One of the papers, the titles of which I don’t have with me here at my neighborhood Starbucks (but will post later), was about the “true costs of the Iraq War.” The other proposed a “unified security budget for the United States.” I found both papers intriguing — though my own politics are actually more conservative than the writers of these interesting…

HOW MUCH IS COMBAT PAY FOR U.S. SENATORS?

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Iraq Prime Minister Allawi knows his town and cautioned a handful of red and blue state senators to move out of harm’s way near the window of his own office. This appeared in today’s Washington Times: Nowhere is safe Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, recently returned from his second fact-finding mission to Iraq, this latest with a small group of fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including committee chairman Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican; ranking member Sen….

DICK HOLBROOKE: NEXT TIME INVITE A COUPLE OF LIKE-MINDED REPUBLICANS TO THE SECRET MEETING

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I can think of dozens of highly placed Republicans who could have been constructive participants in the secret Kofi Annan counseling session. Warren Hoge disclosed the December 5 meeting today in a New York Times report. If anyone hears who leaked the story to him, let me know. I have the privilege of knowing many of those at the meeting. Famous anti-Vietnam War journalist and former Council on Foreign Relations President Leslie Gelb was there. And the meeting was held…

SUNDAY MORNING MUSINGS

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Frank Rich captures the point I have been trying for some time to make. People are dying in this war in Iraq, and soldiers on the front line are making sacrifices — but our nation, while it has reelected this President and thus assured that this war would continue — does not feel like a nation making choices in time of war. We are not being asked to make major sacrifices to support our troops or our military; we are…