Condi Claims US Was at War When She Ignored August 6, 2001 PDB

By: Monday May 9, 2011 8:35 am

Condi Rice is, of all Bush’s top aides, the best at managing her reputation. Which is why her interview with Fareed Zakaria yesterday is so interesting. Sure, there are some examples of Condi’s signature lies, such as when she claims the dedicated group to hunt Osama bin Laden–which was shut down between 2005 and 2009, [...]

The MSM’s Gift to Moms? The Mushroom Cloud Brigade

By: Sunday May 8, 2011 5:50 am

I noted this already, but it so exceeds even the abysmal standards of the Sunday show bookers, I’m going to repeat it. To celebrate Mothers Day, the Sunday shows have brought you the Mushroom Cloud Brigade–Condi Rice, Rummy, and Dick Cheney–the three people who, on September 8, 2002 used the Sunday shows to trumpet the [...]

Who Was–and Was Not–in on Rummy’s “Plan”

By: Monday February 21, 2011 6:41 pm

Gawker has liberated Iraq some of Rummy’s papers on Iraq and Afghanistan. (h/t Rosalind) And while I hope to return to the series on John Walker Lindh (79ff) and the memo, cc’ed to the public affairs people, in which Rummy ordered Jim Haynes to write a memo saying that the way DOD was detaining people [...]

Omar Suleiman Promised the 2006 Election in Gaza Wouldn’t Take Place

By: Monday February 7, 2011 9:52 am

Back in 2008, David Rose had a fairly explosive article on Condi Rice and Elliot Abrams’ incompetent meddling in Gaza, which he compared to Iran-Contra. Here’s how I summarized its revelations at the time: The story explains how the Administration pushed an election for the Palestinians, not seeing what every sane observer saw–that Hamas would [...]

Condi and Khalid El-Masri: Perhaps We’re Not the Ones to Teach Afghans about Rule of Law?

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 6:19 am

I chuckled to myself when I read Steven Aftergood’s post on our efforts to instill rule of law in Afghanistan. Not that I don’t support the goal, mind you. But I question whether the United States is in a position anymore to be teaching others about rule of law. Consider this quote from the DOD [...]

Why Isn’t Obama Clearing Brush on PDB Day?

By: Friday August 6, 2010 5:17 am

Nine years ago today, George W Bush was informed that “Al Qaeda [was] determined to strike in US.” And then he went out to clear more brush at his pig farm in Crawford. Obama is showing no such presidential manliness in the second year of his term. Yesterday, his Justice Department actually indicted 14 of [...]

The Context of the July 13 Fax

By: Monday March 29, 2010 7:31 pm

As I pointed out in an earlier post, when Counterterrorism Center lawyer Jonathan Fredman sent the torturers in Thailand a green light for torture in August 2002, he relied on language about intent from a July 13, 2002 fax from John Yoo to John Rizzo rather than the finalized August 1 Bybee Memo. In a [...]

Jane Mayer to Marc Thiessen: Your Guys’ Ignorance Got Us Attacked

By: Monday March 22, 2010 7:54 am

Jane Mayer has a great general purpose slapdown of torture apologist Marc Thiessen love letter to torture. She hits on most of the weaknesses of Thiessen’s arguments: his false claims about what prevented the 2006 liquid explosive plane plot, apologists’ very selective examination of what counts as an attack on American, the silence about Ibn [...]

The Request for Reaffirmation of Torture

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 2:52 pm

This is going to be another weedy post… I wanted to put two totally bureaucratic pages (PDF 23-24) from the recent FOIA dump into the context of the other known documents in the chronology. The first page is an “Executive Correspondence Routing Sheet,” sent from CIA General Counsel Scott Muller around top CIA management for [...]

Condi’s Response to Tenet’s Request for a Review of Torture

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 3:09 pm

More details revealed about the tension between CIA and the Department of Justice during June 2004.

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