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Paul Wolfowitz: Smart Idiot


My latest for The National Interest, “It’s Not Too Soon to Tell,” has posted.

Pentagon Succession Plan


Thom Shanker reports on a minor bureaucratic move at DoD: An executive order published without fanfare this month does away with a system for Pentagon succession instituted by former President George W. Bush, which played down the service secretaries and elevated positions held at the time by trusted aides to Donald H. Rumsfeld, who as […]

Iraq War: Mission Accomplished?


TNR’s Marty Peretz argues that “The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq. And It Is Favorable.” He admits right at the outset that, “Of course, Iraq hasn’t turned out that well. Sunni jihadniks are still routinely murdering pious Shi’a on pilgrimage to Karbala.”  But, he contends, “There are three especially compelling […]

Chris Matthews: West Point ‘Enemy Camp’


Along with serious discussions about President Obama’s newest new Afghanistan strategy, a minor brouhaha has errupted over Chris Matthews’ labeling West Point “the enemy camp” last night.  Jeff Porter has the scoop at Newsbusters: “It seems like in this case, there isn’t a lot of excitement,” Matthews said. “I watched the cadets, they were young […]

Obama: Disloyal, Ruthless, Cold


Wednesday’s column by Maureen Dowd, eviscerating President Obama for his shabby treatment of former White House Counsel Greg Craig and supporter Caroline Kennedy, is getting favorable responses from his supporters in the blogosphere. Only a year after he had helped Barack Obama get elected by eviscerating his close friend, Clinton White House colleague and Yale […]

Bush’s Third Term

Obama-Bush Hug

My first piece for The National Interest, “Bush’s Third Term,” is now up.  It catalogs the remarkable continuity  between Barack Obama’s foreign policy and that of his predecessor. The closer: Through some combination of political calculation and genuine misunderstanding, Obama campaigned against a caricature of Bush’s foreign policy. Early in Bush’s second term, he began quietly […]

Wolfowitz Back in Bush Administration

Paul Wolfowitz International Security Advisory Board Photo

Paul Wolfowitz is back in a prestigious international relations advisory post with the Bush administration, Newsweek‘s Michael Isikoff reports. He’ll chair the 18-member International Security Advisory Board, which “advises the Secretary of State on disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters.” Wolfowitz is a lightning rod, so it’s no surprise that the move is […]

McCain Rally Features On-Duty Soldiers

McCain Rally Features On-Duty Soldiers

Several uniformed troops spoke at a John McCain “No Surrender Tour” rally in apparent violation of military regulations. Seven on-duty Army personnel participated in a campaign event for Senator John McCain earlier this month in Londonderry, N.H., in an apparent violation of a Pentagon directive against partisan political activity, two military officials confirmed this week. […]

Zoellick To Head World Bank


Following up on Steven Taylor’s post from this morning, the International Herald Tribune and others are reporting that former U.S. trade negotiator and deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick will replace Paul Wolfowitz as the president of the World Bank. Zoellick appears to be highly qualified for the position, and his apparent support from the […]

Zoellick, Paulson, and Lugar Top World Bank List


Eager to put the embarrassment of the Paul Wolfowitz brouhaha behind him, President Bush “will have a candidate to announce soon, allowing for an orderly transition that will have the World Bank refocused on its mission.” AP reports that, “Among those mentioned as a possible replacement for Wolfowitz were former Deputy Secretary of State Robert […]

Wolfowitz to Resign Today


Kirit Radia and Brian Ross report that Paul Wolfowitz will resign as president of the World Bank later this afternoon. World Bank officials say the bank’s board is completing an “exit strategy” that will allow World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to resign this afternoon and “still save some face” over the issue of his efforts […]

Wolfowitz Threatens Reciprocity


According to a “key witness” in the investigation into the propriety of his getting his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, a new job with guaranteed pay raises and top performance reviews, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz threatened, “If they [screw] with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to [screw] them too.” The quote, sanitized for […]

Wolfowitz World Bank Scandal a Non-Scandal?


Christopher Hitchens believes that Paul Wolfowitz and, by extension, Shaha Riza, have been “slimed” as a result of the “eagerness for prurience, the readiness for slander, and the utter want of fact-checking” of the press corps. Indeed, not only did they do nothing wrong but they acted extraordinarily honorably. Anyone in Washington who cares about […]

Paul Wolfowitz World Bank Scandal


Paul Wolfowitz’s tenure as president of the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (better known as the World Bank) appears about to end after a scandal over preferential treatment of his girlfriend. The bank’s staff association and the Financial Times are calling for his resignation, which I suspect will coon be forthcoming. AP’s Jeannine Aversa […]

Libby Trial: Voir Dire Resumes

Judge Walton got things going at precisely 9:30. I’ll live blog the morning’s voir dire below, posting anything particularly newsworthy separately.

Right and Wrong on Iraq


Andrew Olmsted concludes his discussion on the recent blogospheric meme about whether people who opposed the Iraq War for the wrong reasons deserve any credit with a formulation that is both correct and amusingly Rumsfeldian: Some people were right about Iraq for the wrong reasons. Some were wrong for the right reasons. Some were right […]

Bush 41 Versus Bush 43 on Foreign Policy


Matt Yglesias argues that the hoopla over President Bush’s sudden turn to people from his father’s administration for advise misses the boat: The purported dichotomy between 41 people (good!) and 43 people (bad!) is dramatically overstated. And it’s not just Cheney. Paul Wolfowitz was on the Bush 41 team. So was Condoleezza Rice. And, of […]

World Bank May Return to Iraq


The World Bank may be headed back to Iraq, reports the Financial Times. Paul Wolfowitz, the president of the World Bank and one of the main advocates within the Bush administration for the invasion of Iraq, is considering sending bank staff back to the troubled state to help with rebuilding. “One of the things we […]

Iraq War Success Stories


I have come across several pieces recently talking about very successful counter-insurgency operations in Iraq by American special operators. Together, they provide some useful lessons learned (or, as some military wags would note, “Lessons Identified”–they’ve been “learned” many times to little avail). I started a post on this piece Monday and get sidetracked: In Iraq, […]

Right Wing Bloggers Vote for Favorite Dictators

With perhaps some irony, John Hawkins polled right-of-center bloggers for selections as to who should rule The BBC polled more than 15,000 people worldwide on whom they would want to lead a fantasy world government. The results were, particularly for conservatives, quite disturbing with people like Bill Clinton, Noam Chomsky, Kofi Annan, and George Soros […]