In <em>TWN</em> News: Michael Hayden, Bobby Ray Inman, and Richard Armitage



(Former NSA Director Bobby Inman speaking at George H.W. Bush Presidential Library) Michael Hayden’s CIA Director confirmation hearings start today in the Senate Intelligence Committee at 9:30 a.m. I’ll be listening. I will be having a half hour discussion about the Hayden hearings and the NSA eavesdropping controversy on New York Public Radio, WNYC on the “Brian Lehrer Show” with Dafna Linzer of the Washington Post, Kevin Whitelaw of US News & World Report, and Holly Baily of Newsweek at…

Interested in America’s Stakes in International Institutions?



A job opening in the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs has just been posted. This would be an ideal spot to watch what the US Mission to the UN is doing and particularly the US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. The announcement reads: The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from…

Karl Rove: Don’t Plan on AEI Speech Being His Last Word



Wednesday this week, the Valerie Plame grand jury will assemble again, and that might be the day that Jason Leopold’s report on Rove’s indictment last Friday either makes global news or fizzles out. While I haven’t been in the position to work my own sources who have been close to the Fitzgerald investigation, one of the nuances of the Rove-watching I have done in the past may be in play here. A week before the 2004 presidential election, Rove was…

Rove Indictment?



Behind the scenes, White House aides—as well as other prominent Republicans in Washington—are nervous that their most valuable political player could be taken out of the game on the eve of a crucial midterm election this fall. “To see him back before that grand jury has people very worried,” said a House GOP lawmaker and close ally of the White House, who declined to be named talking about the case.

Cuba Questions and E-Engagement?



(Pondering a post-Castro Cuba) I’ve just spent one day in Mexico City, my first time. Mostly, I was with a group of academics and public intellectuals mostly from ITAM in Mexico City, the University of Texas in Austin, and the University of Havana in Cuba. There was a Canadian from the University of Ottawa and a couple of us from Washington. The topic of the day was whether or not there are opportunities for e-engagement given the significant constraints that…

Musings on a Saturday Flight



Sometimes I just want to write quick-blip reactions to stuff I see out there. Here are some things that caught my attention on the way back from Mexico City today: 1. Televisa and Bill Gates have announced that they are going to work through his investment arm, Cascade Investment — along with Bain Capital, the Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. — to bid for Univision. There is probably some serious regulatory requirement that mandates such…

Bush Approval Level Falls to 29%: Let’s Not Forget That Rove May Drive It Lower



Recently, I wrote that “if all things remained equal“, if Karl Rove was indicted in Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation of the Valerie Plame Wilson outing case, Bush’s numbers would fall to 28%. Well, things didn’t remain equal and the Bush administration has shot itself in the foot again with the disclosures that it strong-armed all of the nation’s leading telecom firms (except Qwest which valiantly held out) into providing entire data bases of ALL calls made domestically inside the United States….

My Fellow Citizens, To Keep You and All Americans Safe, I Lied to You — AGAIN



I’m participating in a conference in Mexico City titled “Prospects for US-Mexico-Cuba E-Engagement” sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and ITAM. There are a number of Cubans here, and I can’t help but think that George Bush’s rationalization for all that he does in terms of national security is an art Fidel Castro perfected long ago as well as lots of other illiberal leaders who talked…