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Mr. President, what are you prepared to do?

02/14/07 08:56PM

In his press conference Wednesday, President Bush said he is convinced that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force is providing components to Shia militias for use in roadside bombs.  He also said he is not sure if the supply of the munitions was “ordered from the top echelons of government.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace seemed equally vague, saying, “…I would not say by what I know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit.”  Having worked the “Iranian problem” for many years while in the intelligence community, the thought that the Qods F read more

MSNBC to air first debate at Ronald Reagan Library

02/14/07 06:56PM

Former first lady Nancy Reagan announced today that she is inviting the leading Republican candidates to the first-ever debate at the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley, Calif, on May 3, 2007.The debate will air on msnbc, as well as simulcast online through the Web site of The Politico newspaper,  Full coverage will be available at release follows... REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY TO HOST GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ DEBATEFebruary 14, 2007 - Mrs. read more

Is this week's Iraq debate meaningless?

02/14/07 03:34PM

The Republicans are spending a lot of time this week screaming two contradictory messages at the Democrats.  They say that the resolution and the debate this week is a meaningless exercise.  Yet they also say that the debate sends a monumental signal to the world, demoralizes the troops and gives comfort to our enemies.  Which is it meaningless or significant?A non-binding House resolution.  Does America really know what that is?  A “House resolution” is a common thing for Congress to consider and vote on when there is no actual legislation to pass.  It is intended to put Members of Congress o read more

The Hardball episodes that concerned Libby

02/07/07 08:07PM

Today at the Scooter Libby trial, there was discussion about a phone call that Libby made to NBC to complain about Hardball's coverage of the nuclear case for war.  Following are the transcripts from the shows that aired at the time Libby made the call.  HARDBALL For July 8, 2003, msnbc  The HARDBALL debate: Should Indian Point nuclear power plant be shut down? In the "Political Buzz," why did Bush choose now to apologize for slavery? CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOSTrug-: I`m Chris Matthews. read more

'Against all enemies' -- The case of Lt. Ehren Watada

02/06/07 02:09PM

court martial of a U.S. Army officer began at Fort Lewis, Washington.  Lt. Ehren Watada is charged with refusing to deploy to Iraq with his unit, a Stryker brigade combat team, and with two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer stemming from his public statements against the war in Iraq. Several groups and activists have already rallied to Watada’s defense, including actors Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.  That is all well and good, but let’s take a closer look at the facts.Lt. Watada volunteered to serve in the U.S. read more

Hardball highlights: Fight over the war

02/05/07 08:41PM

The fight over the warWill Republican war critics retreat in the political battle over the war in Iraq? Senators John Warner and Chuck Hagel have been outspoken critics of the war in Iraq. Now that Congress has a chance to vote on resolutions to oppose the president’s plan to escalate the war, why are these mavericks not backing a vote to do just that?  WATCH VIDEO When will the House of Representatives debate the war?VIDEO   read more

Iraq NIE: The outlook is bleak

02/05/07 03:03PM

Last week the National Intelligence Council released an unclassified version of the key judgments of its recent National Intelligence Estimate, “Prospects for Iraq’s Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead.”  It included some tough assessments of the situation in Iraq and a rather bleak outlook for the next 12-18 months.It is refreshing to see the intelligence community produce a realistic estimate.As I read over the estimate (I have been involved in the NIE process in the past), I noted one recurring theme: the greatest threat to stability in Iraq remains sectarian violence - the civil war betwee read more

Basketball legend throws support behind Obama

02/02/07 08:49PM

Sen. Barack Obama on Friday's Hardball with Chris Matthews."I think Sen. Obama is a very good choice," Abdul-Jabbar said.  "I was very impressed his knowledge of the issues and the fact that throughout his lifetime he has been a consensus builder and someone who can build bridges to different segments of America society.  I think that's something we need at this point."Is America ready for an African-American president?  Abdul-Jabbar said it was time to "test the water.""If Sen. read more

Biden: 'I was trying to compliment a colleague'

02/01/07 08:25PM

WATCH VIDEOCHRIS MATTHEWS, msnbc ANCHOR:  Senator Biden, thank you for joining us. Let’s go back to the text of what this is all about.  Now, here’s the statement that you made the other day:“I mean, you’ve got the first mainstream African-American who’s articulate, bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.  I mean, that’s a storybook man.”There’s two ways to read that sentence.  Please keep it up.There’s two ways to read that.  He’s the first mainstream, yes.  Are you saying he’s the clean...SEN. read more

The Kurds: Between Iraq and a hard place

01/30/07 11:41AM

Earlier this month, American forces in Iraq raided an Iranian facility in the Kurdish city of Irbil.  Documents and computer files seized in that raid indicate that the facility was being used by members of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in an operation to provide money and weapons to various Shia militia groups in Iraq.  The weapons include advanced improvised explosive devices, mortars, newer generation rocket propelled grenades and shoulder-fired surface to air missiles.  The advanced IED’s have already killed American troops, and mortars allegedly traceable to Iran have been read more

Iranian Qods Force in Iraq: Treat them like al-Qaida

01/26/07 08:24PM

Recent media reports indicate that the Bush administration has given new instructions to American forces across the Middle East on how to deal with Iranian operatives.  No more catch and release – now the orders are to capture or kill them.  It’s about time.Documents found on Iranians recently detained in Iraq show their involvement with groups responsible for attacks on American troops. read more