SPYING FOR IDEOLOGY & CONSCIENCE? OR SPYING FOR MONEY?

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THE POST’S BRADLEY GRAHAM AND THOMAS RICKS also finger Pentagon staffer Larry Franklin (confirmed to me by two sources as well) as the FBI’s spy probe target in an article today. About Franklin and his background, they write: The name of the person under investigation was not officially released, but two sources identified him as Larry Franklin. He was described as a desk officer in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia Bureau, one of six regional policy sections. Franklin…

WHO IS LARRY FRANKLIN? MORE ON THE ISRAELI SPY PROBE

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A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE ASKING ABOUT LARRY FRANKLIN in the next few days. Josh Marshall has been working on a related story for a long time and will be offering a lot on this — so do check what he says about this when he posts. However, I have spoken this morning to someone this morning who has confirmed what CBS, CNN’s David Ensor, and Knight Ridder’s Warren Strobel and John Walcott have reported. No one…

HEATHER LOCKLEAR & HOMELAND SECURITY: GETTING THE BRANDING RIGHT?

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TWO YEARS AGO, LE MEMORIAL DE CAEN INVITED ME TO DEBATE RICHARD PERLE on the conduct and direction of U.S. foreign policy at a star-studded event attended by about 4,000 people. The entire meeting was terrific, and on another day I will share some of the juicier moments of the exchange. However, today is my birthday and I want to keep today’s commentary somewhat festive. One of the other speakers at this assembly in Caen, France was former Polish President…

TAILHOOK PARTICIPANT NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT OF CONGRESS

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DID YOU KNOW THAT REP. RANDY “DUKE” CUNNINGHAM (R-CA-50) was an official attendee at the scandalous 1991 Tailhook Association Meeting in Las Vegas? I had no idea that this repugnant ideologue in the House of Representatives was part of that misogynist mess. I just received a powerful and very informed email from Chalmers Johnson, author of the best-selling books Blowback: The Costs and Consequence of American Empire and Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic, that…

WHAT THE SCHLESINGER REPORT MISSED: ABU GHRAIB, BARRY WINCHELL, USAF ACADEMY, OKINAWA & TAIL HOOK

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“ABUSE REPORT WIDENS SCOPE OF CULPABILITY” blares over the full top page of the Washington Post this morning. One of the subtitles reads “Generals Point to Contractors, Military Intelligence Soldiers.” The author, Josh White, writes: Gen. Paul J. Kern, Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Jones and Maj. Gen. George R. Fay flatly reported that they had found “serious misconduct and loss of moral values” in the ranks of Abu Ghraib and explained that abuse occurred both in the chaos of the…

ME-TOOISM WILL WRECK UN SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM

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AS IF THE COSTS OF THE IRAQ WAR WEREN’T HIGH ENOUGH, the battle over a new roster of permanent UN Security Council members may add to the tally. Some of America’s allies see their cooperation with America in Iraq as enhancing their bona fides for possible permanent Security Council membership. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said that he will announce his campaign to secure a permanent seat for Japan at a speech before the UN next month. Germany is…

BRITS IN WHITEHALL: COST OF U.S. ALLIANCE TOO HIGH

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STILL NOT ABLE TO GET ON LINE HERE IN LONDON, but I have had an interesting week, some of which is worth reporting. . .discreetly. First of all, the British are overall not pleased with Bush or the U.S. One of my well-placed government friends commented that while many Europeans regretted earlier episodes of fanatical anti-Americanism and were swinging back towards a “collaborative spirit” with the U.S., the opposite is unfolding in Britain. Whereas the UK stood by President Bush…

RICH AMERICA? POOR AMERICA? AN IMPORTANT DEBATE. . .

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REMEMBER WHEN GEORGE SOROS BET AGAINST THE BRITISH POUND and raked in more than one billion dollars for his efforts? I do. I was in London at that time, and the currency was going through the floor. Although the pound is much higher against the U.S. dollar today than it was at that time (when holding dollars in my pocket felt good), I bet Soros is placing wagers not only against George Bush but that the dollar is going to…

GETTING AN OFFSHORE LOOK AT U.S. FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE

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I AM IN LONDON FOR A FEW DAYS, meeting people and sorting out to what degree the American foreign policy debate is the U.K.’s as well. I just spoke to a friend, who will remain unnamed, in circles close to Tony Blair. He likes the blog (!), and I asked if there was some sort of neocon civil war going on over here as well. His response basically was that they “were having a civil war, but without the neocons.”…

BUSH AND THE BASE DEBATE: DEMS NEED A BETTER RESPONSE

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RON ASMUS HAS AN INTERESTING OP-ED IN THE WASHINGTON POST today. Early in his article, he writes: The president proposes something that generations of U.S. diplomats and soldiers fought to prevent and that our adversaries sought unsuccessfully to achieve: radical reduction of U.S. political and military influence on the European and Asian continents. The Bush message, delivered at a campaign rally, also smells of political opportunism. Under pressure but unable to withdraw troops from Iraq, the president has instead reached…