Archive: January, 2009
Where's the walrus and Paul McCartney in his burial suit?
Seriously, can you identify the attendees -- and how many of them have been on Homeland Security's no-fly list, or would have been?
The story that's getting a lot of play today is Barack Obama's separate meetings with a group of conservative columnists over a (sacrificial?) lamb dinner over at George Will's place last night, followed today by a no frills gathering with "liberals" (Andrew Sullivan?) at his transition office. No need for any fuss. Obama's the guy who said he'd talk to Ahmadinejad, remember, so I guess he's willing to break bread with Bill Kristol as well.
What's Obama up to? Jacob Heilbrunn at the Huffington Post has a pretty good idea:
More on this in the near future.
I wonder if this is Osama bin Laden's "farewell address," too. We may not see him around as much after next Thursday.
Also, I saw Bush on TV saying he doesn't know if we ever came close to capturing or killing bin Laden. Perhaps that's true, but I read the other day that the White House situation room has constant monitoring of real-time military operations, so somewhere there's a disconnect.
John Dean, the Watergate scandal figure who's enjoyed a second act as a civil libertarian, wrote a book a couple of years ago about the myriad abuses of the Bush administration called "Worse Than Watergate." That title begs the question of whether more aggressive journalism like that practiced during the Nixon years might have prevented some of Bush and Cheney's more outrageous offenses.
That's why it was striking to see the byline on the Washington Post's scoop this morning that a U.S. government official acknowledged that a high-level al-Qaida detainee was "tortured." The story was penned by Bob Woodward -- yes, that Bob Woodward, so maybe the circle really is closing.
Can you guess which one of these Beltway scandals is the one that got the full blown "Breaking News" treatment from CNN, with that dramatic violin music. In the interest of bipartisanship, I'll give you two Democrats and one Republican:
1. WASHINGTON – Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found.