Norm Ornstein’s Neocon Problem

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(photo credit: Jay Westcott, Washington Examiner) I’m going to out myself. I have friends — lots of them — inside the American Enterprise Institute. Some of them I can’t mention here as they used to work at AEI and then went to work for political players that this blog has been at cross-purposes with. Need to protect those folks. But I have worked well and collaboratively with Norm Ornstein, James Glassman, Claude Barfield and others there — even Jeffrey Gedmin…

Purging the Neocons from the American Soul

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Here is some thinking I have written up about America’s ongoing neocon problem and the threat that that movement represents over at Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish. And for those in Chicago or at APSA, I’m blogging away in the fantastic lounge of the Sheraton Hotel on the Chicago River. — Steve Clemons

Americans Discover Corruption in Iraq

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David Corn has gotten hold of a secret report — still in draft form — outlining the concerns that the US military and foreign service have about a “norm of corruption” in the current Iraqi government. One wonders how holier-than-thou Americans can be here given the rampant corruption we have allowed in no-bid contracting in Iraq and even around the billions in recovery funding for the Katrina tragedy. Corn writes: As Congress prepares to receive reports on Iraq from General…

The IAEA Iran Report

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Here is a pdf copy of the “Restricted Distribution” report by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” These concluding clips from the Summary underscore that ElBaradei sees Iran moving in a positive direction and setting its nuclear program up for high level transparency that had not been previously the case: 22. The Agency is able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. Iran has been providing…

American Jewish Community Grappling with Armenian Genocide

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Marc Perelman, writing for The Forward, has just released an important summary of the diplomatic back-and-forth currently in progress between major American Jewish organizations and the governments of Turkey, Israel, and the United States. What I’ve been hearing privately jives pretty well with what Perelman has published. I’ve long been amazed by the position taken by the organized American Jewish community on the Armenian genocide. While a legal case for genocide would not be completely guaranteed of success (genocide is…

Coffee in Chicago

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I’ll be lurking at the American Political Science Association annual gathering in Chicago from Thursday (tomorrow) through Sunday. Nothing like YearlyKos, but still — you learn stuff from academics. . .and tons of them are reading this and other blogs. I’ll be downtown and don’t know my schedule fully. As usual though, I’d be happy to set up a coffee meeting with those who want it. The first to suggest a decent time and place gets to set the stage….

Tucker Carlson Responds

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A note from Tucker Carlson: Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what…

Tucker Carlson Bashes Gay Guy (or Maybe He Was Bi?) in Bathroom

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I will avoid today discussion of the reasons why so many men chose to look for sex partners in public bathrooms, gyms, and the like over the last few decades.  Most engaged in this kind of sex would probably have preferred socially supported venues for relationship and sexual development — in the clubs, restaurants, public places galore that the heterosexual world has to walk together, to talk, to hug, to kiss, and to ‘do it.’ Andrew Sullivan has much better…