<em>TWN</em> on the Road: Seattle, Las Vegas, Havana


annie and oakley pillow.jpg
Annie and Oakley don’t seem too bothered that I’m going to be traveling for two weeks and blogging from the road.
For those of you in cities I’m visiting, here is the schedule.

SEATTLE — March 4-7
LAS VEGAS — March 7-10
HAVANA — March 12-16

Coffee meetings possible if folks are interested. Drop me a line at steve@TheWashingtonNote.com.
— Steve Clemons


19 comments on “<em>TWN</em> on the Road: Seattle, Las Vegas, Havana

  1. ET says:

    Why are Wiemers so dang photogenic?


  2. ET's Household says:

    Lovely pix! Thanks.


  3. sad says:

    Why have bloggers and political experts stopped discussing what was previously suggested by many analysts about the involvement of Israeli Shin Bet and Mossad officers?
    The U.S. officer at the heart of the abuse scandal revealed long ago that she had evidence implicating Israelis in the inhuman interrogation tactics used against Iraqi detainees.
    Brig Gen Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of the military police unit that ran Abu Ghraib together with other detention facilities during the time the abuses were committed before she was suspended, once told the BBC that she met with an Israeli gent who worked as an interrogator at a secret intelligence centre in the Iraqi capital.
    It was the first time a senior U.S. officer suggests that Israelis were involved in the abuse of Iraqi detainees along with the occupation troops.
    Israeli foreign ministry at that time dismissed the suggestion as “totally untrue”.
    “I saw an individual there that I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet before, and I asked him what did he do there, was he an interpreter – he was clearly from the Middle East,” she said in the interview.
    “He said, ‘Well, I do some of the interrogation here. I speak Arabic but I’m not an Arab; I’m from Israel.'”
    Also Seymour Hersh, the American journalist who helped uncover the Abu Ghraib scandal, said that he was informed by his sources that Israeli intelligence agents were operating inside Iraq.
    Hersh asserted that among the Israelis’ goals was gaining access to detained members of the Iraqi secret intelligence unit specialized in Israeli affairs.
    Why has the discussion of the possible involvement of Israelis in the torture scandal “disappeared” from news headlines and papers’ editorials?
    The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, a new HBO documentary, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, daringly revives the sad and shameful moment in recent American history.
    The movie shows naked prisoners in humiliating positions. In one scene a man appears tied at the end of a leash, as if he were a dog; and in another a group of naked prisoners appear positioned in a lopsided human pyramid; while men appear in another footage doing some homosexual acts.
    What about what’s been long suggested regarding the fact that the inhuman “interrogation” techniques used by U.S. forces in Iraq were in fact copied from Israelis who used them years before?!
    Although the documentary carries a wider moral value, simply stating that when you treat people as less than human, you become less than human yourself, it fails to delve deep into allegations ones raised without the needed attention, allegations that Israeli agents have been, and probably are still operating inside Iraq.
    The question “what were Israeli agents doing inside Abu Ghraib” will continue haunt Iraqis, Americans, and the entire world. It will continue to boggle the mind of everyone who’s keen on knowing the truth of what happened and is still happening in Iraq.


  4. Paul says:

    When the American people caught on that the “war on terror” was a cloak for wars of aggression, they put Democrats in control of Congress in order to apply a brake to the regime’s warmongering. However, the Democrats have proven to be impotent to stop the neoconservative drive to wider war and, perhaps, world conflagration. We are witnessing the triumph of a dozen evil men over American democracy and a free press.


  5. vachon says:

    Havana! Wow! Very cool. I’d like to see what all the fuss is from their perspective myself.


  6. ferd says:

    Watch out for the elusive . . . Havana Gila!


  7. george says:

    McDonnell’s description of our Prime Minister as “the greatest liar in Australian political history” is indisputable.
    Voters who have inexplicably ignored this in returning John Howard to office should take a good look at his long record of lying to the people.
    In Howard, Philip Ruddock and Alexander Downer, we have a trio any country would, or should, be ashamed of. And cabinet are content to go along with the lies because of personal political ambitions.
    History will surely judge Howard as having been most dishonest and morally corrupt. It is to the shame of his supporters that he has been allowed to remain in office for so long.
    George Norrish, Essendon


  8. Steve Clemons says:

    The pups are well taken care of when traveling — they aren’t put in a kennel but are with great friends or people in my house.
    yes, I’m going to Havana, Cuba — research trip.
    — Steve Clemons


  9. kim says:

    Steve, I’m wondering, what do you do with Annie and Oakley when you’re traveling?


  10. liz says:

    thanks for the break Steve…. I love looking at your dogs(babies,kids,whatever they are to you!)
    And I say Come to South Carolina where the weather is warming up and so are the politics …… we’d enjoy having you!


  11. kevin says:

    Mr Rudd says Senator Campbell’s resignation reflects a new level of political desperation by the Prime Minister.
    “Mr Howard has challenged my honesty, he has challenged my character, and if he wants to turn this into a referendum on character and a referendum on honesty, I say Mr Howard bring it on, bring it on now let’s have an election and let the Australian people decide – I would relish that challenge now,” he said.


  12. Robert Morrow says:

    I really don’t think it is right to torture chickens. I’m not big on torturing men, either. I was watching CPAC today and I can’t believe how incredibly lame our Republican candidates are. These so-called “conservatives” are all big government lovers. They think being conservative on social issues is all it takes to cut the mustard. Not with me, less taxes and protection of US national sovereignty are huge issues with me. So I am definitely for Ron Paul even though I am a “neocon.” I am just sick of the establishment Republicans.


  13. CheckingIn says:

    I’m game for Seattle, or Eastside//


  14. Pissed Off America says:

    “so strange now in ameriki countruy. man go prison more time for torture chicken than for torture iraki.”
    I think the rest of your post is horseshit, but the sentence I quoted is right on.


  15. Mullah cimoc says:

    Mullah Cimoc say so sad for aemriki abortion kill all the baby but loving the animal too much. him treat animal like the child for the guilt of the killing abortin of the baby.
    so strange now in ameriki countruy. man go prison more time for torture chicken than for torture iraki.
    this proving the wicked of amriki man. and the woman also.


  16. sab says:

    Obviously they haven’t realized you are going.


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