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…

TRENDS IN THINK TANKS — LOU DOBBS REPORTS

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CNN’S LOU DOBBS IS REPORTING ON THINK TANKS each night this week. He is looking at which tanks are most influential and why — as well as looking at the question of whether non-transparent funding is inappropriately using think tanks to push various agendas. His show is called “Thought Leaders.” I know that Gary Schmitt of the Project for the New American Century will appear tonight as he had signed in at CNN for his interview shortly before I got…

DEMOCRATS: DON’T BECOME BASE-HUGGERS

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WESLEY CLARK AND RICHARD HOLBROOKE ARE MAKING A MISTAKE in their criticism of President Bush’s military realignment plan. Clark went the farthest in a DNC arranged conference call, by saying that the proposal “will significantly undermine U.S. national security.” All of a sudden, leading national security democrats are becoming base-huggers, and this is bad for the Democratic Party and country. There are more than 750 U.S. military installations outside of the United States — and many of these are anachronistic…

JOHN KERRY’S HINDSIGHT PROBLEM

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JOSH MARSHALL AND KEVIN DRUM HAVE BOTH ADDRESSED KERRY’S IRAQ WAR resolution problem — and I don’t really want to pile on. Josh basically agrees with Kerry’s position that he voted for a process that gave the president the power to go to war as part of a suite of efforts to keep pressure on Saddam Hussein to support weapons inspections. Drum also thinks that Kerry’s comments on the war and war resolution are consistent with many other of his…

WHO ARE THE REAL NEOCONS?

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AFTER 9/11, THERE WAS SO MUCH ANGER AND DEMAND FOR REVENGE that raising questions about how and why a group of highly educated, middle class mostly Saudis would be willing to sacrifice their lives and inflict such horrific damage on America was considered to be unpatriotic. The lemming-like, group think of Washington public policy intellectuals following bin Laden’s attack was a time of shame for the approximately 1,500 think tanks in Washington. These policy institutions receive tax exempt status for…