Stuff to Know and Read: Bolton, Edelman, Abe, Pollack/O’Hanlon

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Jim Lobe has written a terrific response to the stridently arrogant oped, “Britain Cannot Have Two Best Friends,” by John Bolton in yesterday’s Financial Times.
I also just learned that Fox News Sunday will feature Brookings Scholars Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack this weekend to further explore their rosy report on the state of America’s current “military successes” in Iraq. One question I have is that it the generals are to be believed that there is “no military solution to Iraq,” then why are Pollack and O’Hanlon suggesting that “we may just yet win this war” when Iraq’s Parliament is on vacation (though US and coalition troops are not) and the Sunni bloc in government has just quit?
For a new take on Japan’s recent elections, I penned this piece, “The Sins of the Sons,” for the Guardian‘s Comment is Free Blog. Essentially, I suggest that anti-science fundamentalist Christians are politically synonymous with Japan’s strident, hawkish, history-denying agitators who fuel Shinzo Abe’s nationalist pretensions. I also suggest that Abe’s father and George W. Bush’s father each provide models that we may need to fix the messes created by their sons.
Finally, Eric Edelman gets some scrutiny from Jim Lobe. What Jim did not write is that Edelman was on the short list to become Deputy Secretary of State — and Condi Rice ultimately, finally blocked it when she realized what damage a warmer, fuzzier version of John Bolton who reported to Dick Cheney would mean to her operation.
I had forgotten that Eric Edelman had been a close aide of Strobe Talbott’s before he joined Vice President Cheney’s national security team. Another close aide of Strobe’s was Victoria Nuland, now Ambassador to NATO and spouse of neoconservative Robert Kagan.
Kudos to Lobe for his excellent research and expose on the few surviving visible neocons outside of Cheney’s office — though those not in government today ought not to be underestimated.
Finally, here is a short FT article on Obama’s plan to handle terrorism in which I offer a comment.
— Steve Clemons

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13 comments on “Stuff to Know and Read: Bolton, Edelman, Abe, Pollack/O’Hanlon

  1. Andrew Yu-Jen Wang says:

    In his book, “An Enemy of the People,” Dean Lawrence R. Velvel properly indicates that George W. Bush is insane and basically lives in a dream world in his head. Dean Lawrence R. Velvel brilliantly and ingeniously describes that George W. Bush suffers from (1) rigid judgmentalism; (2) irritability; (3) impatience; (4) grandiosity; (5) obsessive thought patterns; (6) incoherent speech; (7) immense anger; (8) exploitativeness; (9) arrogance; (10) utter lack of empathy; (11) difficulties arising from relationships with his father (George H.W. Bush); (12) not caring about the suffering of others; (13) sociopathic behaviours; (14) serial failures; (15) lack of competence; (16) alcohol problems; (17) narcissistic personality; (18) doing anything to protect his psyche from the destruction of being shown wrong; (19) inability to feel guilt; etc.
    Dean Lawrence R. Velvel’s book is for all time one of the best books ever written. The American people benefit profoundly from astute writers—like Dean Lawrence R. Velvel—who focus on the severe mental illnesses which underlie George W. Bush’s egregious misconduct while president of the United States. Dean Lawrence R. Velvel’s examinations relative to George W. Bush absolutely explain why Bush has been an utter failure and will leave behind such a tragic legacy.
    Lawrence R. Velvel is the dean of the Massachusetts School of Law.
    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

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  2. Kathleen says:

    POA:
    I’d say that the “someone” who is blocking Sibel Edmonds is the same “someone” who wanted Plame outed, for all the same reasons.
    Capt’n Ahab, at the helm.
    The only way there will ever be accountability is through impeachment and even that will leave a lot to be desired. Does the Constitution call for a firing squad for treason? It should.
    Meanwhile, we should all call Waxman’s Committee staff and ask if they are going to follow through with the Plame hearing and call the others who were wrongfully terminated for telling the truth, like Sibel Edmonds and the other whistleblowers. There is a disastrous policy here of firing competent, ethical Intellgence agents, and gagging them, too.
    Talk about aiding the enemy. Das Bush and Darth Cheney are traitors of the first water, destroying our whole Intelligence Community.
    Meanwhile, back at the Punditdrome, Bob Novacula made as ass of himself again when he recently said Dopey is no consewrvative, he’s a CT. Liberal, like his grandfather Prescott Bush.
    If Dopey were in fact, a CT. Liberal, he would be in the best of company, starting with Nathan Hale.
    Novacula is correct when he says Dopey is like his grandfather, a Reactionary Fascist who tried to overthrow our form of gov’t to install a Fascist regime. It seems the rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the family tree, or should I say Bush?
    Bob Novak should go have a brain scan to verify that he is offically brain dead. His noggin ossified eons ago.

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  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “If you read Edelman’s letter to Hillary in the context of Dopey’s new Executive Order, and Darth’s recent remarks about her, you will see that Hillary is a good candidate for Gitmo, by their nefariously vague definitions.”
    Edelman is up to his neck in the Sibel Edmonds thing. Whats more, Congress, including Waxman, is aware of actual treason within the highest levels of our government, thanks to Sibel’s efforts. Yet nothing is being done. Someone, something, is holding an ax over the heads of our leadership at the highest levels, on both sides of the aisle.

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  4. Kathleen says:

    No impeachment, no money.
    If it is a “smart strategy” to keep all options on the table with respect to perceived foreign enemies, why is it not an equally “smart strategy” to keep all options on the table with respect to our domestic enemies who circumvent our Constitution at every turn?
    If you read Edelman’s letter to Hillary in the context of Dopey’s new Executive Order, and Darth’s recent remarks about her, you will see that Hillary is a good candidate for Gitmo, by their nefariously vague definitions.
    Hillary should ask herself who will come for her when the rest of us Loonie Lefties are gone?
    It takes a village to impeach an idiot, but apparently it takes a whole passle of idiots to run the DNC.
    As a voter, I’m keeping all options on the goddamned table too. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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  5. JohnH says:

    Oh, joy. More swagger for Obama, forced into proving he’s a credible warmonger.
    We know that if Hillary’s elected, she’ll have to prove that she’s got the balls to be President, so it’s almost guaranteed that she’ll start something. (Some historians claim that Harry Truman dropped the bombs on Japan, because he was considered a wimp and had to demonstrate his “resolve,” even though the bombing accomplished little militarily.)
    The Dems’ leading candidates are looking increasingly scary. But are their views really formed by a need to respond to the wishes of the American voter, or are they adhering to the mandatory ritual of genuflection before the supersized military establishment and its puppets in Washington and in the corporate media? Of course, if voters don’t really want warmongering candidates today, the corporate media will do their best to convince them that warmongering candidates are the only credible ones.
    So much for Scott and Steve’s promotion of diplomacy…

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  6. john somer says:

    As to John Bolton, he raises two interesting points for the European that I am. I agree with him that the European Union should have only one seat at the Security Council (but I would ask him why the US held on for so long that Taiwan was entitled to one). The second point is intelligence; David Owen, a former British Foreign Secretary, tried unsuccessfully to have the US listening post at Menwith Hill in England shut down, as he considered it unethical to have Britain spying on its European partners to the benefit of a third power. He said he hit “a brick wall in Whitehall”. As long at that spying, about which the European Parliament has long protested, goes on, we continental Europeans will not consider Britain a full membeer of the Union.
    For different reasons, many Brits don’t feel fully European either; when the speak of Europe, they mean the continent. Quite strang when your consideer that the Icelanders consider themselves European (but don’t want to join the EU because of our fisheries pollcy…. Holy Cod !)

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  7. Sandy says:

    Here’s the other one — the psychological profile of George Bush
    that, when I posted it (together with the other two url’s, kept getting bounced):
    http://tinyurl.com/3bod7c

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  8. Sandy says:

    Jim Lobe’s work is always excellent.
    But here is what *I* want to know:
    Recently there was a four-part series about Vice President Dick Cheney in the Washington Post, by Barton Gellman and Jo Becker. We were given some direct information and insights about DICK CHENEY that — together with the two-part psychological profile of him by Truthout.com — painted a pretty scary picture of the vice president of the United States.
    http://tinyurl.com/3xksyz
    http://tinyurl.com/3xs4pa
    And now, we have still another psychological profile of George Bush, “Dangers of a Cornered George Bush” painting him as an equally scary PARTNER IN CRIME with his vice president. It calls Bush, among other things: without a conscience, without shame, sadistic, fearing humiliation, exhibiting contempt for the truth, and just looking for any excuse to start another disastrous war.
    We know this now….and yet, still…..still…..we spend each day since….talking around the edges…..about things
    …other than IMPEACHMENT.
    It’s bizarre.
    And, equally sick. And enabling.

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  9. Sandy says:

    Jim Lobe’s work is always excellent.
    But here is what *I* want to know:
    Recently there was a four-part series about Vice President Dick Cheney in the Washington Post, by Barton Gellman and Jo Becker. We were given some direct information and insights about DICK CHENEY that — together with the two-part psychological profile of him by Truthout.com — painted a pretty scary picture of the vice president of the United States.
    http://tinyurl.com/3xksyz
    http://tinyurl.com/3xs4pa
    And now, we have still another psychological profile of George Bush, “Dangers of a Cornered George Bush” painting him as an equally scary PARTNER IN CRIME with his vice president. It calls Bush, among other things: without a conscience, without shame, sadistic, fearing humiliation, exhibiting contempt for the truth, and just looking for any excuse to start another disastrous war.
    http://tinyurl.com/3bod7c
    We know this now….and yet, still…..still…..we spend each day since….talking around the edges…..about things
    …other than IMPEACHMENT.
    It’s bizarre.
    And, equally sick. And enabling.

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  10. Steve Clemons says:

    hohn aomer — thanks. you were right on that. best, steve clemons

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  11. Steve Clemons says:

    MP — I used to be quite fluent but am not fluent any longer, though I pick up my conversation whenever back in Tokyo. I used to head the Japan America Society of Southern California many years ago — and went to high school in Japan — but have not tended by language skills well…although I have an excellent retention for some reason I don’t understand of Japanese political and military terms.

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