Jeb Bush Eyes 2012

He says he's leaving his options open for the post-2008 world, which translated from Politician means "I'm currently fundraising and have my campaign manager already picked out."BERLIN (Reuters) - Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the brother of U.S.…

1,110 Saddam Lawyers Can’t Be Wrong

They don't want to die in order to defend Saddam. Imagine that. From the Guardian:AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Some 1,100 Iraqi lawyers have withdrawn from Saddam Hussein's defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings of two…

McCain On Torture’s Follies

He's finally penned an editorial on why torture is wrong and the reasons we need to stop. If anybody can unite us over the torture issue, McCain can. And for my money, the following is THE most important point about the War on Terrorism and…

How To Avoid “Woulda, Should, Coulda” Syndrome

Dems are coming out and saying they made a mistake, but Kevin Drum reminds us that Congress didn't vote for a war, they voted for the President to use military force. Given that, Dems have wiggle room to say that they were told that war was…

If We Don’t Torture, Why Did We Hide It?

While that's obviously a rhetorical question, I still feel the need to pose it after I read in Forbes (via Time) about a report that suggests the CIA tried to hide the death of a detainee:WASHINGTON (AFX) - CIA interrogators apparently…

The Rumsfeld Memo

I say declassify it.If only he could show us the memo. "It's still classified, I suppose?" says Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, looking toward his assistant. "It's still classified," Lawrence DiRita replies, "along with a lot of…

Edwards Joins the Iraq War Condemnation Chorus

John Edwards is lending his voice to the chorus, also known as the "I Would Have Voted Differently" group, vocalizing condemnation of going to war in Iraq. The argument for going to war with Iraq was based on intelligence that we now know…

Another Fine Speech

This one from John McCain (click on "Sen. McCain's remarks" in upper right: While we make improvements in our political-military strategy, the latest polls and protests at home show that we need a renewed effort to win the homefront. If we…

All Things in Moderation …

A political observation which should not be lost on either side of the aisle. Here's a prediction: The important political battles of the next several years will be over which party commands this high ground of the center -- and offers…

Economist On US’s Torture Policy

In a great editorial entitled "How to lose friends and alienate people," the magazine breaks down the reasons why current thought on torture are wrong, misguided and dangerous.THERE are many difficult trade-offs for any president when it…