“Terrorists are cowards. Torturers are, too.”

By: Friday June 3, 2011 11:33 am

Former Gitmo prosecutor Morris Davis makes, in really powerful fashion, a point I’ve been contemplating: how does Hillary Clinton get off criticizing the torture of Syrian teenager Hamza Ali al-Khateeb or Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad when we have done nothing to hold those who tortured Mohammed al-Qahtani accountable? (h/t Michelle Shephard) In the fall [...]

Hillary Picks Cheney Aide to Replace PJ Crowley

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 9:03 am

It’s bad enough that Obama didn’t clear out the Cheney folks burrowed into the permanent bureaucracy. Now the Obama Administration will appoint former Cheney aide Victoria Nuland to replace PJ Crowley as State Department spokesperson. Victoria “Toria” Nuland, the current U.S. special envoy for conventional forces in Europe and a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, [...]

Eric Holder Claims Rule of Law Exists in Cyberspace

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 4:59 am

Just days after asking Congress not to give the intelligence community a hard deadline to put a basic cybersecurity measure into place, the Obama Administration rolled out a cybersecurity strategy yesterday with great fanfare. The event itself seemed designed to bring as many Cabinet Secretaries into one place at one time–Hillary Clinton, Gary Locke, Janet [...]

PJ Crowley: “Will My Words Be Credible?”

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 9:11 am

There’s something deeply ironic about the beltway’s most tawdry purveyor of the Village narrative, Politico (“Win the morning™”), treating former State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley’s investment in a strategic narrative dismissively. Ben Smith seems like he has never heard of something called “a narrative” or, on a larger scale, “ideology” before. Secretary of State Hillary [...]

Pakistan Pays Blood Money So We Don’t Have To

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 6:40 pm

As Jim White reported this morning, Raymond Davis has been released after the families of his victims were paid blood money per Sharia law. We’ve really gotten to bizarro-land when a possible Blackwater contractor has been saved by Sharia law. But wait! Hillary says we didn’t pay the blood money ourselves. QUESTION: Okay, we’ll jump [...]

Hillary Can’t Decide Whether to Impose Democracy or Not

By: Monday February 7, 2011 5:15 am

On Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told attendees at a security conference that our torturer, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, should manage the transition to democracy in Egypt. She backed off that stance yesterday. CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller: On flight home from Germany, Secy of State Clinton says “we cannot and would not [...]

Claiming Consensus, Omar Suleiman Promises to Hold Protesters Accountable

By: Sunday February 6, 2011 11:25 am

The key to understanding Omar Suleiman’s statement claiming there is “consensus” in how to move forward in Egypt is to see how he redefines the crisis from being caused by legitimate grievances voiced by the “youth” involved in protests into a lack of security caused by the protests. All participants of the dialogue arrived at [...]

Hillary’s Tortured Democracy and the Suleiman “Assassination Attempt”

By: Saturday February 5, 2011 7:22 am

At a security conference in Munich today, Hillary Clinton announced that America’s torturer, Omar Suleiman, must be in charge of Egypt’s “transition” to “democracy.” The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton today signalled how far the US has swung its support behind vice-president Omar Suleiman and the transition process he is leading in Egypt. Clinton [...]

Has the Obama Administration Backed Off Its Plan to Reconsider Aid to Egypt?

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 7:26 am

In a press briefing on Friday, Robert Gibbs said several times the Administration would be reviewing its aid to Egypt in the upcoming days. Q    You say these legitimate grievances have to be addressed.  I’m wondering:  Or what?  What can the President do if these matters are not –MR. GIBBS:  Well, look, first and foremost, [...]

What State Wanted Withheld from WikiLeaks Publication

By: Saturday January 29, 2011 7:40 am

There are now four versions of the cooperation between WikiLeaks and its journalistic “partners:” Vanity Fair, NYT, Guardian, and Spiegel. A comparison of them is more instructive than reading any in isolation. For example, compare how the NYT and Spiegel describe the three things the State Department asked journalistic partners not to publish during the [...]

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