Monthly Archives: December 2008

Smerconish – for him, anything goes.

"Hardball," Christopher Matthews nightly rant, yesterday featured a "conversation" amongst Matthews, Michael Smerconish, and Christopher Hitchen.  Matthews, who seems to have some residual sense of decency on the issue of torture, offered Cheney’s recent defense of water boarding, etc. as … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 16 Comments

Gaffney, Matthews and Korn

I arrived back from New York last night in time to see this exchange between Frank Gaffney and Christopher Matthews.  David Korn was also in the discussion.  Matthews was at his most memorable; abusive of his guests, raving, screaming.  Gaffney … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 28 Comments

Bernie’s naughtiness…

"Look at the list of those who lost money. Swiss private banks. Jewish family foundations. Retirees in Palm Beach. Not exactly the Fast Eddies of finance. But therein lay the brilliance of Madoff’s scheme. He didn’t promise the usual Ponzi … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 21 Comments

No shoes allowed!

An Iraqi "journalist" threw both his shoes at President Bush at a new conference in Baghdad. The man is very lucky to have survived the incident.  Hadley, the National Security adviser had been busy telling reporters on the trip how … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 38 Comments

Strategy and Policy

"The commander, Gen. Ray Odierno, said American troops would remain at numerous security outposts in order to help support and train Iraqi forces. “We believe that’s part of our transition teams,” he told reporters in Balad while accompanying Defense Secretary … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 21 Comments

A re-birth of the Green Berets?

"Walton, a Special Forces team leader, and his men described the battle in an interview with The Associated Press last week. Most seem unimpressed they’ve earned the Army’s third-highest award for combat valor. "This is the story about Americans fighting … Continue reading

Posted in The Military Art | 34 Comments

I bet that OPEC can’t…

"Crude-oil futures soared above $49 a barrel Thursday, propelled by sharp weakness in the dollar and expectations that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will deliver a significant production cut next week. Crude for January delivery rose $4.46, or 10.2%, … Continue reading

Posted in Oil | 19 Comments

“The Soup” and Rod Blagojevich

"In particular, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has been intercepted conspiring to trade the senate seat for particular positions that the President-elect has thepower to appoint (e.g. the Secretary of Health and Human Services). ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 24 Comments

Convoy attacks and Afghan supply lines

(The picture is from Iraq) "In one of the largest and most brazen attacks of its kind, suspected Taliban insurgents with heavy weapons attacked two truck stops in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, destroying more than 150 vehicles carrying supplies bound … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan | 23 Comments

New “National Security Blog”

The "National Journal" has a number of "by invitation" blogs for supposed experts on various topics.  This one deals with national security issues.  I have been asked to comment there and will do so starting today.  I will include links … Continue reading

Posted in Administration | 11 Comments