Category Archives: War on terror

Chinese paper: Snowden took the Booz Allen job in order to leak

Greenwald pooh-poohed my, Andrew Sullivan’s and others’ queries (based on his tweets) as stupid conspiracy theories. Well, turns out they’re not…

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FISA 702 or PATRIOT Act 215? Questions on the Guardian/Wapo surveillance scoops

The Glenn Greenwald/Guardian story about a memo leaked to Greenwald about the NSA obtaining a court order to seize Verizon phone records, was topped by a Washington Post article stating that the NSA had “back door” access to 9 different … Continue reading

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Nagging questions about those global ‘movie protests’

The protests are continuing to spread around the world, ostensibly over not an anti-Muslim movie, but the trailer for an anti-Muslim movie, that it’s not even clear very many people actually saw. That’s just one thing about this whole episode … Continue reading

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Sorry, Marco: Gaddafi drone-bombed from Las Vegas, not Paris

Marco Rubio and his fellow Republicans are loathe to give the Obama administration any credit for their third major ‘retiring’ of a major league terror threat. (Anwar al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden having been thing one and thing two.) But … Continue reading

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Sullivan: ‘If Obama was a Republican, he’d be on Mt. Rushmore’

No truer words.

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Up for debate: could Obama ‘pull a Bush’ on debt ceiling, DREAM Act?

It’s a common meme among the “professional left” that President Obama is just like George W. Bush when it comes to economic and foreign policy. But could that meme, if true, be helpful to the president on two key issues?

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Obama’s Afghan drawdown: 33,000 troops by end of 2012, ‘long war’ over by 2014

President Obama addressed the nation Wednesday evening, announcing the plan to finally end the war in Afghanistan.

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White House threatens veto over Gitmo, endless ‘war on terror’ provisions in defense bill

If a House bill extending the “global war on terror” beyond the post-9/11 mandate, and placing new restrictions on trying detainees and implementing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” manages to get through the Senate, the president will likely … Continue reading

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Thank you, John McCain

Yes, that John McCain. The Arizona Senator, who in recent years has seemed to veer so far off his “maverick” persona as to be unrecognizable (at least to the media), and who brought us Sarah Palin, this week took a … Continue reading

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Richard Clarke: capturing bin Laden was not a Bush administration priority

As George W. Bush’s loyalists (and their friends in the Beltway media) continue to try to shoehorn Bush into the story of how the Obama administration made the calls that finally nabbed Osama bin Laden, reality keeps pushing back.

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