“Face to Face” between Steve Clemons and Norm Ornstein on 2006 Race in <em>Washington Examiner</em>

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What follows below (this is pdf) ran in today’s local Washington Examiner, which has a surprisingly strong roster of diverse op-ed writers producing good content. For some bizarre reason, however, the Examiner is completely failing to link any of this great content to its webpage. Thus, I reprint the full exchange between Norm Ornstein and myself (with permission). Actually, both of us answered these questions blind without hearing or knowing what the other said. Washington Examiner — 22 March 2006…

Flynt Leverett Calls It Civil War; James Woolsey Calls It “BLEEDING KANSAS”

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(Flynt Leverett on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer) Margaret Warner, Senior Correspondent on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, had a great segment last night on President Bush and whether the character and degree of Iraq’s sectarian convulsions, or “civil war” in the view of most. Leverett affirms that a civil war is underway. Margaret Warner draws on that great Brent Scowcroft line about “incipient civil war”. James Woolsey says that we aren’t in civil war yet — but…

Lawrence Wilkerson: “They” Have Stolen My Party and I Want it Back

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Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff at the State Department and 16-year aide and friend to Colin Powell, was interviewed yesterday on Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Lateline. Wilkerson’s October 19th speech to the New America Foundation was one of the most important foreign policy commentaries in the last 12 months and will be a fundamental part of any future assessments of Bush foreign policy. A TWN loyal reader in Australia caught this poignant segment about Wilkerson’s political party loyalties: Question: Now,…

The Cheney-led Civil War-Deniers

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(Markos Moulitsas Zuniga when in US Army, 1989-1992) Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft said on January 6, 2005 that we may be seeing “incipient civil war” in Iraq. David Frum misquotes Scowcroft and wrestles with TWN over the difference between imminent civil war and incipient civil war in early January 2005. While Frum’s original post seems unavailable now in his archives and National Review diary, he took exception to Scowcroft’s concern then about brewing conditions of civil war in…

Don Rumsfeld’s Pentagon Investigating Another U.S. Military Atrocity

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When will Rumsfeld be held accountable and fired? ABC News is reporting that the Pentagon is now investigating another alleged serious atrocity. One question is why is the Pentagon investigating? Why not the FBI or Attorney General, or prosecutors empowered by Congress? The Pentagon is proving to be an incapable investigator of its own offenses. — Steve Clemons

Happy No-Nukes NOWRUZ: A Message from President Bush

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Today is the Persian New Year, called “Nowruz“, and inspired a note from President Bush: March 2006 I send greetings to those celebrating Nowruz. Nowruz is an ancient celebration marking the arrival of the New Year. For millions of people around the world who trace their heritage to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Central Asia, Nowruz is a celebration of life and an opportunity to express joy and happiness through visiting family and friends, exchanging gifts, and enjoying…

IRAQ SCORECARD: Cordesman Picture Bleak

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My own views were captured in this lead editorial today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, but I think that this roster of benchmarks that CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman sent TWN is extremely useful. It ought to become the “mantra card” for serious political opponents of this administration’s Cheney-led national security team. Just by way of preamble, in contrast to Cordesman, I opposed the war against Iraq and supported the military action against bin Laden, the Taliban, and incursion into Afghanistan. I thought…

Lead Editorial In <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> on Collapsed Mystique of American Power

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The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s lead editorial today reflects many of the themes that TWN has been developing on the blog and at the New America Foundation where I work. Although I am referenced later in the editorial, this is how the piece opens: At the onset of the war in Iraq, Americans were anxious but supportive of President Bush sending the U.S. military to the Persian Gulf to topple the dangerous regime of Saddam Hussein. That invasion began three years ago…

Was It Richard Armitage?

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Here is what I wrote Richard Armitage and the Plame Case in November 2005: Could this insider source be Stephen Hadley? Seems odd to me. To many, Hadley still ranks fairly high as Bob Woodward’s source — and at least to my knowledge — Hadley has only “hinted” that he was not Woodward’s source. Unlike Rumsfeld, Rice, and others, he has not “denied” he was Woodward’s source. If he was Woodward’s source, I don’t think he would have taken the…