GHORBANIFAR THE FABRICATOR

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FUGOP HAS POSTED AN INTERESTING 1987 ARTICLE ABOUT GHORBANIFAR’S early encounters with Reagan’s CIA Director, Bill Casey. The shadowy figure and friend of Michael Ledeen’s now involved in the FBI’s Pentagon/Israel spy investigation was dubbed “a fabricator” way back. As I read more about Ghorbanifar, I feel an impulse just to scratch out his name and see how Chalabi’s name fits these stories. Pretty close match. — Steve Clemons

LARIAM AND U.S. SPECIAL FORCES: PENTAGON DRUG PROBLEM?

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REMEMBER THE COURT-MARTIALED ARMY RESERVIST WHO REFUSED to take the military’s anthrax vaccine? It looks like the Pentagon may have more drug controversies on the way after a special report released tonight by UPI and CNN on the anti-malaria drug Lariam. According to the report: Six Special Forces soldiers who took their lives are all believed to have taken the drug, according to the UPI-CNN investigation. . . Those deaths then raise concerns about the tens of thousands of soldiers…

MICHAEL LEDEEN, ISRAEL & IRAN — 17 YEARS AGO

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MICHAEL LEDEEN WROTE A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF HIS ROLE in the Iran arms-for-hostages scandal in the Washington Post 17 years ago. I have posted the article here. In a back-to-the-future passage, Ledeen writes: The May (1985) discussions in Israel were with people ranging from high-level governmental officials to recent immigrants from Iran. The topic was improving our mutual understanding of Iran; the subject of American hostages in Lebanon was not discussed. Two main points emerged from virtually every one of…

WHAT IS IT WITH THE <em>NEW YORK TIMES </em>AND MICHAEL LEDEEN?

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“THEY HAVE NO CASE,” SAID MICHAEL LEDEEN, a conservative scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a friend of Mr. Franklin. “If they have a case, why hasn’t anybody been arrested or indicted?’” (New York Times, 6 September 2004, Ledeen comments on Pentagon/Israel spy case) “Over the years, endless accusations have been made against him (Richard Perle),” said Michael A. Ledeen, a friend since the 1970’s and colleague of Mr. Perle’s at the American Enterprise Institute. “All have proven false,…

THE POWER AND POLITICS OF BLOGS

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HENRY FARRELL AND DANIEL DREZNER have posted their paper, “The Power and Politics of Blogs,” online. This was one of the two papers that I mentioned in my post yesterday about the excellent forum on politics and blogs at the American Political Science Association. Farrell warns the lay reader that this paper is packed with political science jargon but told me this morning that a popularized version would soon appear in a major unnamed DC-based, glossy magazine. They may even…

ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND THE U.S. DEBT PROBLEM

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON ARGUED PASSIONATELY about the importance of public credit but always partnered with fiscal responsibility. Today, Daniel Gross, a former colleague of mine at the New America Foundation, writes in the New York Times: From the beginning of 2001 to the end of 2003, the economy added $1.317 trillion in gross domestic product and $4.2 trillion in debt. That means that each new dollar of economic output was accompanied by $3.19 in new debt. So now, for the first…

POLITICAL BLOGGERS AND THE POLITICS OF BLOGGING

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DANIEL DREZNER ORGANIZED A TERRIFIC FORUM, THE POWER AND POLITICS OF BLOGS, at the American Political Science Association meeting yesterday. The Wonkette herself, Ana Marie Cox, stole the show by being the anti-blogger’s blogger. She said that there is too much “blogger triumphalism” in the blogosphere and lamented Andrew Sullivan‘s absence because he was her favorite blogger triumphalist. According to Wonkette, Andrew Sullivan says that “the revolution will be blogged.” Her dry response, “to have a revolution, you have to…

MICHAEL MOORE ON JOHN MCCAIN

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THIS USA TODAY PIECE, “THE EBERT AND MCCAIN SHOW,” BY MICHAEL MOORE IS WORTH A READ. As those who read every detail of my often long entries on this blog will find, I admire John McCain and have been perplexed by what drove him from principled, lukewarm support of Bush to such effusive enthusiasm. I don’t want to get into that maze of ambition and motivation again, but you can read what I wrote the other day. Many think it’s…

SMOKE, MIRRORS & WMD TRIUMPHALISM: COLLAPSE OF THE NON-PROLIFERATION REGIME

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THREE DAYS AGO, CHRIS NELSON OF THE NELSON REPORT gave early warning of South Korea’s now formally admitted nuclear activities. He wrote: South Korean authorities have informed a visiting IAEA inspections team of a previously undisclosed nuclear fuel enrichment program using lasers. Since laser enrichment has no commercial viability, it is commonly assumed to be part of a nuclear weapons program, even though, if properly declared, it would be allowed under the Non Proliferation Treaty. This ROK program was secret….

FOREIGN POLICY JOUSTING IN CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND

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SINCE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY MANAGED TO HIDE at is convention the civil war in its ranks over the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, the next best place to glimpse the competing schools of grand strategy is in Chicago this weekend at the American Political Science Association. The meetings are taking place in Chicago’s two big Hilton hotels: The Chicago Hilton & Towers at Balbo and Michigan Avenues and the Palmer House Hilton at Monroe and Wabash Avenues. There are a…