Valerie Plame Leak Sabotaged America’s Iran-Watching Intelligence Effort



An important and provocative report has just been published that suggests that Iran was the target of much of Valerie Plame’s covert investigative work and that outing her identity had far worse consequences than has thus far been acknowledged.

Orwell’s Nightmare: Imagine a Country Where. . .



The government was always right and never apologized; Any dissent was suppressed, ridiculed, banned or worse; Secret prisons were denied and never acknowledged or spoken about; The torture of captives was condoned; State incarceration was not subject to the checks and balances of a legal system; Economic plans, like for oil, were established/determined in closed…

John Bolton Gives Warren Hoge a Lesson Learned from Chinese Communist Leaders



I just posted this piece regarding John Bolton’s fortress strategy against the New York Times‘ UN-watcher Warren Hoge. There is something wrong when the recess-appointed Bolton thinks its great to speak at the Jesse Helms Center but won’t give the time of day to the New York Times.

Note to Daniel Mulhollan: Lower the DefCon on Separation-of-Powers Expert Louis Fisher



Congressional Research Service Director Daniel Mulhollan has his key expert on separation of powers and Congress’s legislative prerogatives vis-a-vis the Executive and Judicial Branches, Louis Fisher, in his cross-hairs. He needs to stand down.

Beyond FEMA & Michael Brown: The Military Offered Assistance and Was Ignored



I am a bit sick to my stomach right now, taking the train from New York to D.C. and just got off the phone with a retired general and just prior to that one of the more senior military strategists in the country who happens to have deep Southern roots.

LBJ’s Ghost? George Bush wanted a “Gulf of Tonkin” in Iraq



British author Philippe Sands has a fascinating and important new book out, Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules — From FDR’s Atlantic Charter to George W. Bush’s Illegal War. Interestingly, the book jumped from 15,052 on Amazon’s sales rank to 3,471 today.