Iran’s nuclear ambitions known in 2000?

That seems to be the real scoop in James Risen's book, says Michael Ledeen. Hmmm.ML: Have you read that excerpt from the Risen book, State of War, that was in Thursday’s Guardian?JJA: Indeed I have. I was hoping that’s why you called. It’s simply amazing. Unbelievable.ML: You mean the buffoonery by the CIA operations directorate that Risen talks about?JJA: Well, obviously. But the really amazing part is that Risen doesn’t even notice the truly horrible aspects of his own story. He doesn’ … [Read more...]


Sent back to the operating room. Doesn't look good.Hugh Hewitt is linking to a blogger translating updates from the Hebrew.Ed Driscoll says we can look for a repeat of street dancing. He has lots of links including this:..a radical Palestinian leader in Damascus, the Syrian capital, called Sharon's health crisis a gift from God."We say it frankly that God is great and is able to exact revenge on this butcher. ... We thank God for this gift he presented to us on this new year," Ahmed … [Read more...]

Not the effect the Dems or press intended

In the interest of good-neighborliness, this post has been removed by the administrator, who has learned several good lessons from it:1) Do not post remnants of a conversation without permission from the other party2) Be sensitive to the fact that, although you are definitely not playing the other party for laughs (rather, playing "New Yorkese" for laughs) what you write can be misconstrued in such a way as to hurt the other party's feelings - which was never the intention3) Make a sincere … [Read more...]

It all seems just a little too neat…

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including sections 302 and 303 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 ("Act") (50 U.S.C. 1801, et seq.), as amended by Public Law 103- 359, and in order to provide for the authorization of physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes as set forth in the Act, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the Act, the Attorney General is authorized … [Read more...]

More listening in…UPDATED

UPDATE: Byron York has just posted a more extensive look at Bill Clinton and Warrantless Searches. Interesting reading.John Schmidt, who served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 as the associate attorney general of the United States, says The President has the authority:President Bush's post- Sept. 11, 2001, authorization to the National Security Agency to carry out electronic surveillance into private phone calls and e-mails is consistent with court decisions and with the … [Read more...]

A good reason to get serious

Last week, I wrote that the left and the Democratic party are not serious.I think President Bush's weekend trifecta of Saturday's radio message, Sunday's speech and Monday's presser was his plea to the left to "get serious" about the war on terror, to "get serious" about winning, and to "get serious" about the threats that face us.There is nothing, of course, indicating that the Dems and the left are serious, still, about national security or the war. All indicators are that the left is … [Read more...]

Those serving understand…

Instapundit links to a great op-ed piece in today's WaPo, written by Maj. Ben Connable, USMC, who will soon be returning to Iraq.Depending on which poll you believe, about 60 percent of Americans think it's time to pull out of Iraq.How is it, then, that 64 percent of U.S. military officers think we will succeed if we are allowed to continue our work? Why is there such a dramatic divergence between American public opinion and the upbeat assessment of the men and women doing the … [Read more...]

Random Political thoughts

During Advent, I am really trying to stay AWAY from politics - but you know I can't just entirely block it a few quick and pithy comments on a few stories, and then I leave the subject again:This might be the sound of the Democrat Party going too far. I do not believe that most Americans like this sort of rhetoric. Dean - as usual - is overplaying his hand. The Republicans did it to Clinton, and Americans rebelled and supported the president. If Dean and the Democrats keep this … [Read more...]

CIA in a quagmire

Or something - they are certainly not covering themselves with glory. They're leaking at all costs in what increasingly appears to be an effort to take down the president, even if it hurts their own efforts:The twin leaks to the Times and the Post have severely impaired the agency's ability to carry out renditions, transport prisoners, and maintain secret detention facilities. It is striking that top-level CIA officials are evidently willing to do serious damage to their own agency's … [Read more...]

A brilliant analogy – UPDATED

Via one Michael Geer writing in The American Thinker:I put myself through university passing instruments in surgery; a surgical tech. I worked on every kind of case. Appendix, gall bladders, broken limbs, gun shots, knifings, the burn center...(etc).Never did the surgeons, the circulating nurses, the anesthesiologists or specialists stop in the middle of a GD operation and walk away. Not even when a four hour schedule went horribly sideways and ended up to be eighteen hours. To walk away is … [Read more...]