Although he officially abandoned his presidential bid last summer, Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s star continues to brighten. Once shunned by the mainstream media and marginalized by the national leadership of the Republican Party, the modest Ob-Gyn-turned-congressman has become something of an éminence grise these days, feted and fawned over by the likes of Fox News, which once dismissed him as a quack.
Former Bush administratorturetion officials are trying to manipulate the text of Justice Department ethics report from behind the scenes, according to the May 6 Washington Post. But of more interest is the Post report that torture memo author John Yoo signed a nondisclosure agreement about public comments on the reputedly 200-page report that was drafted beginning in January of this year.
With the impending retirement of Justice David Souter from the Supreme Court, speculation was rampant over the weekend on TV talk shows and other news outlets about who President Obama’s new Supreme Court justice nominee will be.
Back during Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, we became acquainted with the term “human shields.” This was the name given to innocent citizens whom the Iraqis would place in buildings that were obvious military targets so as to confront the West with a dilemma: either refrain from bombing such facilities and handicap yourself militarily or endure a public-relations disaster for “targeting” innocent women and children.
Marines and sailors from a dozen different countries stormed a beach close to Jacksonville, displaying Mexican, Colombian, and other foreign flags. The operation was part of UNITAS — Latin for unity — a program with several objectives, including an increase in “interoperability.”
Update: Less than an hour after publishing our online story that The American Conservative would be ending its printed publication because of financial pressures, we received the following message from Daniel McCarthy of TAC: "We've had an outpouring of support from our readers (and writers), and we've made some financial cuts which will keep us going. There's still more work for us to do on shoring up our finances for the long term, but we will not be going out of print — much to the neocons' chagrin!" Mr. McCarthy added: "Please let readers of The New American blog know." We are delighted to share this encouraging update to our original story (see below), which unbeknownst to us was out of date before we even published it. Such is the fast-paced world in which we live! — Editor
Why would Louis Caldera, a member of the White House military office, okay a plan to have the 747 that's used as Air Force One, the president’s plane (the president was not on board), fly low over New York’s skyline on April 27, followed by a fighter jet, considering New Yorkers’ experiences with 9/11? Because image is important.
Feeling the heat from veterans groups, pro-life organizations, conservatives, and even Democratic members of Congress, President Barack Obama’s Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was forced to make a slight about-face regarding a controversial intelligence report issued by her department for law-enforcement agencies, including federal-state "Fusion Centers." In a string of media appearances in mid-April, Secretary Napolitano half-apologized for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that has drawn severe criticism for targeting conservative political opponents and associating them with dangerous terrorists.
“Mexico as the ‘pier,’ Arizona as the ‘docks’ ” — meaning that Mexico serves as the initial port of entry while Arizona supplies the warehousing and transportation facilities — is the vision of John Munger, chairman of the newly formed political action committee ImagineArizona.
A conservative movement led by Republican politicians whose only vision for the future includes more war and torture will never regain popular support with the electorate for the Grand Old Party. Despite this fact, it would appear that GOP conservative leaders have learned nothing from the neoconservative disasters of the George W. Bush years.