That's what Woodward said on NPR this summer. His grand jury testimony, detailed today in the Washington Post, gives context to that quote, and adds a new layer of confusion to a "scandal" thatÂ looks more and more hollow.Â Woodward learned Plame's name from a seniorÂ administrationÂ official who "casually" mentioned it; Woodward didn't consider the information classified; the information was so unhot that whenÂ Woodward himselfÂ casually mentioned Plame's CIA identity to a fellow reporter that reporter, Walter Pincus, says he can't remember the conversation.
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The Senate's action yesterday, requiring the president to pressure Iraqis to compromise politically, to provide quarterly reports (as if body counts are like price/earnings ratios on financial statements) and to, "explain to Congress and the American people its strategy for the successful completion of the mission in Iraq" was awful on any number of levels.
As I said on the O'Reilly Factor last night, the formulation of questions on the war are wrong so long as we speak only about Iraq. And if even Bill O'Reilly says, as he did last night, that we'll never defeat terrorism everywhere, our mindset is wrong. We can't and won't defeat terrorism everywhere. But if our nation is going to survive, we need to defeat the terrorist ideology and convince its adherents that they are defeated. If we quit before achieving that goal, they will keep fighting until we are defeated.
For political reasons, I understand why Chief Justice John Roberts had to bow to Roe v. Wade. Harriet Miers would have to honor it in the same way. And now Judge Alito is disavowing his 1985 memo denying there is a right to abortion in the Constitution. I'm all for avoiding the question for the sake of expediency, but it's a sad day when tough legal scholars like Alito are forced to obscure the truth. I'm with Tim Carney on this one: it's time to fight back and argue that Roe is bad law. And as ammo, we have a long and distinguished list of jurists, legal professionals, and other public figures including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Larry Tribe, Will Saletan, Alan Dershowitz, Cass Sunstein, and Kermit Roosevelt.
The split in the Episcopal Church, which Thomas Lipscomb detailed here Monday, widened this week when South Riding Church in Loudoun County, Virginia, left the Virginia Diocese and placed itself under Ugandan Bishop Benezeri Kisembo. The Bishop of Virginia, Peter Lee, supports the consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop. Over the weekend, the Bishop of Washington, John B. Chane, had condemned conservative agitation in the church. This is the same bishop who called the Resurrection "conjectural."
Dave: You are dead bang right, and Morrissey couldn't be more wrong. These Republicans are distancing themselves from the president and the war, setting it up so that if things aren't politically calm next year -- and I'm here to tell ya they won't be, here or in Iraq -- these guys can cut and run. Maybe even agree with another Levin amendment to set a time table for withdrawal. The text of the Warner amendment isn't the problem: what it sets up for next time is.
Adam Gopnik'sÂ New Yorker pieceÂ on C.S. Lewis will be the first of many attempts this winterÂ to put the Christian apologist in his place now that his work, in the form of a Narnia movie,Â enjoys a new round of popularity. Gopnik's condescensionÂ is only exceeded by his ignorance.Â Gopnik tells usÂ whatÂ is and what is not valuable in Lewis's work: his Christian work, bad and inept; his imaginative work, as long as itÂ was freed up from his Christian prejudices, good. GopnikÂ in know-it-all mode even sketches out what he considersÂ a betterÂ animal than a lionÂ to use for aÂ Christian allegory -- a donkey.Â Gopnik reveals his cluelessness early on when he attributes significance toÂ a criticism of Lewis as a Christian apologistÂ by a "formerÂ Archbishop of Canterbury, no less." The "no less" added at the end suggests that Gopnik isn't aware that Canterbury archbishops are about as interested in the actual meaning of Christianity as he is.
Google News cached a New York Times article a couple hours ago with this headline: "Democratic Effort to Set Iraq Timetable Is Easily Defeated"
Click on the story now, and it's changed into "Senate Votes to Demand Regular Iraq Updates From White House."
That must have really spooked them at 229 W. 43rd -- for a minute there, it looked like they were going to have to report good news for Bush. The horror!