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Cheney Cautions Nation On Obama

TOKING THE FIRES of American political intrigue, we have a new interview of former Vice President Dick Cheney speaking of the Obama camp to gnaw. Oddly, the words of Mr. Cheney sound very much like the words of the man now occupying his former suite at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Yes. Who can forget Joltin' Joe Biden's dire warning on the campaign trail just as things were heating up? The incoming administration's controversial new policies on Guantanamo Bay prison and the treatment of detainees makes it more likely a terrorist attack against the United States will succeed, according to...

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John McCain Is Not George W. Bush

ERE ARE JUST A FEW reasons why John Sidney McCain is not and will never be the carbon copy of the current Bush by any measure (thanks to WMCB at the Confluence). That shaky train has left, folks. Get over it, and study these few more pressing facts: In 2001, he was one of only two Republican Senators to vote against Bush’s tax cuts. In 2003 he voted against Bush’s second round of tax cuts, calling it “unwise in a time of war”. He stood up to his party on the torture issue, getting his Detainee Amendment into the appropriations...


Senator Thrashes Mexican Truck Policy

ave you been following this latest "let's gut the goose" outrage? A snide but combative Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters was accused in a Senate hearing yesterday of defying a congressional vote to halt the Bush administration's controversial project allowing Mexican trucks to operate freely on U.S. roads. "I regret supporting your nomination to be secretary of transportation," Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, told Peters. "Your legal counsel is giving you bad advice that unfortunately you have willingly accepted. "Dorgan charged the Department of Transportation was "hell-bent on proceeding with this pilot program" regardless of safety concerns the agency's inspector general...


Treason Boils In The American Kettle

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the...


Lawyering the War To Death And The Rest Of Us Through Infernal Taxes

by Michael Barone—Creators Syndicate, Inc. awyering the war to death, and the rest of us through infernal taxes. "Never in the history of the United States had lawyers had such extraordinary influence over war policy as they did after 9/11." Those are the words of Jack Goldsmith, the Harvard law professor who was one of those lawyers, as head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel in 2003 and 2004. They appear in his book "The Terror Presidency," hailed as a criticism of the Bush administration's legal policies, which in part it is. Believing that some of his predecessor's...