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Utilitarian Postmodernists and the Office of Special Plans

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emptywheel
I've always been curious about the Gary Schmitt and Abram Shulsky (S&S) essay "Leo Strauss and the World of Intelligence (By Which We Do Not Mean Nous)." But I was too lazy to hunt it down. Now that Pat Lang has helpfully provided a…

Trent Lott: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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emptywheel
I suggested yesterday that Lott's outspokenness against torture was more pragmatic than ideological. He ruined Fristy's little PR stunt--of hunting down the leaker of the news that we've got secret prisons in eastern Europe--by revealing the leaker was probably a Republican Senator. But he did it, almost certainly, to piss off Frist, not to make a great stand against torture. But Lott has an opportunity to really undercut Bush, Rove, and Frist.

How They Lied Us to War

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emptywheel
Doug Jehl has a scathing article out providing clear evidence that the Administration knowingly used intelligence from a source deemed not credible to support their claim there were ties between Al Qaeda and Iraq. A top member of Al Qaeda in American custody was identified as a likelyfabricator months before the Bush administration began to use hisstatements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaedamembers to use biological and

Reading Judy, Part One

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emptywheel
Because I was away watching the aspens turn (no, really, and they do turn in clusters!), I never really had a chance to do a thorough reading of Judy's explanation of her involvement in the Plame Affair. But now that I've laid out what I suspect Libby was trying to get her to testify to before the grand jury, I want to go back and look at what she said--or what
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