Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Secret Sandy Risked His All For How is it that the Sandy Berger espionage story never really was news? Had a Republican done something like this it would have been the biggest story since Watergate. But since it involves a Democratic administration, eh, who cares?


Among his more flagrant acts of criminal mischief, Berger purloined some highly classified documents and stashed them "at a construction site where they could have been found by anyone." This behavior does not exactly classify as "inadvertent," the media's original characterization of Berger's motivation.

As the House Report also establishes, the FBI never questioned Berger about those first two visits nor submitted him to a polygraph about any of the visits as his plea deal required. The Department of Justice's (DOJ) only source of information about possible theft during Berger's first two visits was the man himself, and Berger has proved almost comically unreliable.

In fact, Berger has changed his story about the documents as often as his boss did about Monica, in both cases to adapt to the emerging evidence. Berger even refused to be interviewed by the House Committee, the one honest enterprise in the whole investigation.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

This Holocaust Will Be Different Here's a depressing piece from the Israeli newspapers looking at how Iran will eventually drop the big one. Sadly, I have no doubt it will happen just like this. The world will stand by and do nothing until it is too late to stop it easily.

Monday, January 08, 2007

A pretty good interview with PJ O'Rourke in the WSJ. I particularly agreed with this comment on Bush and the conservative movement:

"Bush has been a pretty miserable failure on that front. It's called failure. Bush and the Republicans are offering a Newer Deal, a Greater Society. Where the hell did this come from? And there's no other word for it but failure: failure to control spending, failure domestically and failure in Iraq."

Mr. O'Rourke is particularly cutting on the situation in the Persian Gulf, which he covered most recently during the war proper, and also in 1990 and intermittently thereafter. "I was very much in favor of the Iraq invasion," he says. "What were the questions? Is Saddam Hussein a bad man? Is he doing bad things? Does he have the oil money to do more bad things? Is he likely to do more bad things? If these were the questions, was the answer more cooperation with France?"