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NY Times Reporter Explains Crazy Foreigners Believe Crazy Conspiracy Theories Published in the New York Times

Mark Mazzetti, a national security reporter for the New York Times, was just on Fresh Air to explain the mysterious ways of the orient: GROSS: So anti-American sentiment seems if anything to be growing a bit in Pakistan. Why is...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on October 3, 2011 02:02 PM

The Inverted World of Clarence Thomas

By: Aaron Datesman It's boring to enumerate all of the ways that the Democratic Party reminds me of the Washington Wizards, but at the very top of my personal list is the decades-long failure to impeach Antonin Scalia and Clarence...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on June 23, 2011 11:24 PM

An Old Way Backward

The Center for American Progress, the Democratic think tank headed by John Podesta and completely wired into the Obama administration, is holding a panel right now called "A New Way Forward in Afghanistan." One of the panelists is Frederick Kagan....

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on April 3, 2009 12:24 PM

Nothing Stupid And Cruel New Under The Sun

Here's baby neo-con Frederick Kagan speaking on Wednesday: If anyone has seen pictures of Ramadi or Fallujah, they looked like Stalingrad. Not a single building standing. Streets filled with rubble. Cities absolutely crushed... The interesting thing is that when we...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on February 20, 2009 07:57 PM

The Reason I Had To Kill You Is That The People Who Opposed My Killing You Didn't Do It In The Correct Manner

Robert Rubin opposed the regulation of derivatives when he was Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration. Brooksley Born, head of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, wanted to regulate them. As the world financial system lies in smoking ruins...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on October 16, 2008 02:15 PM

Nir Rosen And Frederick Kagan On Surge

Here's a transcript of Nir Rosen debating Frederick Kagan about the "surge" on the Lehrer Newshour. You can watch the video here. Oddly, the fat, pale man who doesn't speak Arabic and is paid by defense contractors thinks everything is...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on March 12, 2008 06:39 PM

Don't Think You Know Better Than Haig

Here's Donald Kagan, former Dean of Yale and father of Frederick Kagan, speaking this September 11th: [Kagan's] keynote address centered on the importance of patriotism and national unity, and Kagan decried those who support withdrawing troops from Iraq in the...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on September 20, 2007 10:56 AM

Incredibly Enough, There's Something Even Worse

On Tuesday Frontline ran a new documentary on Iraq called Endgame. In it they interviewed Frederick Kagan, the think tank guy who came up with the idea of the "surge." As explained below, Kagan earnestly tells us Iraq has been...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on June 21, 2007 09:43 AM

It's Exactly This Kind Of Intellectual Humility And Willingness To Take Responsibility That's Going To Win Us This War

This is from a transcript of Frederick Kagan, one of the intellectual architects of the "surge," being interviewed in a new Frontline documentary: KAGAN: I think it's important to mention this -- we have really suffered from the fact that...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on June 21, 2007 08:34 AM

Frederick Kagan Grew Up In An Atmosphere Of Great Intellectual Rigor

Frederick Kagan, the author of Bush's surge strategy, is the son of Donald Kagan, a prominent historian who used to be the Dean of Yale. In what kind of intellectual milieu did Frederick Kagan grow up? For a hint, let's...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on January 10, 2007 09:32 AM

Back To Analogy School For Paul Burgess

Something I've noticed consistently over the past five years is that America's conservatives either cannot or will not construct accurate analogies. As far as I've seen, this is true quite literally without exception. Some people thought 9/11 spelled the Death...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on October 30, 2006 03:07 PM

Worst. Empire. Ever.

Paul Burgess, former Bush speechwriter, has been getting some attention for this recent friendly op-ed: Friends, neighbors, and countrymen of the Left: I hate your lying guts I never used to feel hatred for people such as Cindy Sheehan, Harry...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on October 30, 2006 09:56 AM

Dear National Security Council: Thanks For Not Burdening Us With Excessive Information

You know what makes me mad? When people don't realize I'm busy and don't need my brain cluttered up with lots of superfluous names and dates and numbers. That's why I'm grateful to Frederick Jones: More than 600,000 Iraqis have...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on October 11, 2006 08:18 AM

Libby To Receive Valuable Advice On Gutting And Eating Dogs

Recently I wondered what exactly Fred Malek is doing on Scooter Libby's "Advisory Committee." Why would Libby want someone notorious for carrying out some of the Nixon administration's most heinous activities (including Jew counting, ordering FBI investigations of journalists, and...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on March 12, 2006 12:43 PM

We Needed Someone With A Strong Background In Math

Via Laura Rozen, I see Scooter Libby now has his own website. For real. And one of the people on the "advisory committee" for Libby's defense fund is the Honorable Frederick V. Malek. I wonder how he contributes? Perhaps by...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on February 21, 2006 05:12 PM

Bob Harris Now Pronounces You Man And Wife

I've said before and I'll say it again: Bob Harris has the most peculiar life of anyone I've ever met. I really have no higher compliment than this. What unusual escapade has he been involved in most recently? Let's consult...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on August 7, 2005 02:14 PM

Gavage Gavaged Gavaging

As I say, I'd never heard of the word "gavage" until the Bionic Octopus introduced me to it. For anyone still in the dark, it means "feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on July 10, 2005 09:19 PM

Bill O'Reilly Has Me Stymied

It's a common complaint that it's hard to satirize the world, because no matter how hard you try, you can't outdo reality. I had this feeling as I read this about Bill O'Reilly (from Media Matters, via Atrios): In response...

Posted in A Tiny Revolution on December 17, 2004 06:40 PM