Pentagon vs. Blackwater Standards: How Low Can We Go?



Pam Spaulding has an excellent piece referencing some of the Blackwater questions I posted below. And a TWN reader who also happens to be one of America’s most distinguished former Ambassadors raised questions about the applicability of international law to the Blackwater case: Excellent questions.

Trouble for John Edwards? Perhaps It’s Time to Read Hamilton



This is either true — or it’s a lie. If part of a dirty tricks operation, it’s odd that John Edwards would be the target. I like and respect Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein who wrote the first thoughtful inquiry into what might be going on. Others have rushed to judgment, perhaps wrongly.

Media Alert: What was Behind Hillary’s Support of the Kyl-Lieberman Resolution?



I did an interview today with National Public Radio Congressional Correspondent David Welna for All Things Considered on what may have been behind Hillary Clinton‘s decision and rationalization to vote for the Kyl-Lieberman Resolution calling for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to be designated a terrorist organization.

Syria’s Place at the Table



(Syrian Ambassador to the US Imad Moustapha and President George W. Bush) New York University professor Alon Ben-Meir has written an eloquent and compelling essay on why Syria’s role in any Israel-Palestine negotiation is central, not peripheral, to a serious Middle East peace negotiation.

Quick Thoughts on Privacy — from National Security to Predatory Lending



My colleagues at the New America Foundation’s HigherEdWatch — the same people who broke a whopper of a story in April on student loan officers receiving kickbacks from banks, which generated a national media firestorm, Congressional inquiries and legal settlements with many state attorney generals — have broken some more news on predatory student lending….