I will do my homework, and that’s something I learned at an early age

In general The New Republic, a once thoughtful voice of the center-left and really the only major magazine that was apologetically wonkish in its pursuit of great policy has become a hodge podge of oddness, tabloid style gossip and seldom speaks up for progressive policy. So it pains me to give credit to one of its writers for taking on Dinesh D’Souza’s mind boggling weirdness. None (but Me) Dare Call It Treason

At one point in “The Enemy at Home,” D’Souza appeals to “decent liberals and Democrats” to join him in rejecting the American left. Although he does not name me as one of them, I sense he is appealing to people like me because I write for The New Republic, a liberal magazine that distances itself from leftism. So let this “decent” liberal make perfectly clear how thoroughly indecent Dinesh D’Souza is. Like his hero Joe McCarthy, he has no sense of shame. He is a childish thinker and writer tackling subjects about which he knows little to make arguments that reek of political extremism. His book is a national disgrace, a sorry example of a publishing culture more concerned with the sensational than the sensible. People on the left, especially those who have been subjects of D’Souza’s previous books, will shrug their shoulders at his latest screed. I look forward to the reaction from decent conservatives and Republicans who will, if they have any sense of honor, distance themselves, quickly and cleanly, from the Rishwain research scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Very clean dissection Mr. Wolfe.

As Bush continues with his escalation despite the will of the American people and the majority in Congress ( US troops surge into Iraq as death toll mounts) we have Dick Cheney saying that Congress has no say in the way a war is conducted and the increasingly irrelevant prince of neoconism William Kristol proclaims critics of his dear leaders last ditch effort to rescue his wounded pride in the Iraq debacle should just keep their mouths shut. Let’s pause and look at what rights the people’s representatives actually have, United States Constitution, Article One, Section 8, Clause 11, vests in the Congress the exclusive power to declare war. That might very well mean that all the resolutions that we’ve heard about might have some symbolic effect, but it also means: Cheney is wrong, Kristol finds democracy an inconvenience to carrying out neocon visions of unbridled hegemony, and that Congress might very well have to revoke or at least amend the original Authority to use Military Force. So far who has been the most passionate voice in defense of American values and Congresses rights as a co-equal branch of government ( are you listening Hillary? Barack?) a Republican named Chuck Hagel, Right-Wing Memes Illustrated: Der Dolchstoss

HAGEL: Let me tell you this. I served in Vietnam in 1968. Others did too. Jim Webb, John McCain. John Kerry. Other members in the House. In 1968 when I was there with my brother, worst year, deaths, I would have welcomed the Congress of the United States to pay a little attention as to what was going on. I would have welcomed that. That is complete nonsense to say we’re undercutting the support of the troops. What are we about? We’re Article 1 of the Constitution. We are co-equal branch of government. Are we not to participate? Are we not to say anything? Are we not to register our sense of where we’re going in this country on foreign policy? Bottom line is this: our young men and women and their families, these young men and women who are asked to fight and die deserve a policy worthy of those sacrifices. I don’t think we have one now.

Its day two part two of its a strange world. Its strange that the most articulate passionate voice for progressive values regarding Iraq ( other then John Murtha as Corrente points out) is a Republican. I wish that these emotional nationalistic arguments didn’t matter and that people wouldn’t open their spam e-mail, but they do. If some Democrats don’t  get out in front on this issue they’ll deserve to have it thrown back in their face later.I t’s like their suffering from victory fear – they’ve won back the power in a history making election and they’re afraid if they rock the boat too much they’ll lose that power. Wrong. People voted for them to get Bush and his rabid policies under control. BushCo is doing a similar kind of hide and seek for the original run up to Iraq with this new “surge”, they’re lying and hiding, Intelligence Community to Congress: “The dog ate my national intelligence estimate”

Back in July, I reported that, in spite of pressure from CIA analysts, intelligence czar John Negroponte was blocking a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq. The CIA describes an NIE as “the most authoritative written judgment concerning a national security issue,” and a fresh one was badly needed because the last one on Iraq, which was compiled between 2004 and 2006 and leaked to the New York Times last September, had become outdated. Negroponte was said to fear that given the worsening situation in Iraq a new NIE would, of necessity, be deeply pessimistic, and that such an assessment might get leaked and embarrass the Bush Administration during last fall’s elections.

Soon after that story was posted, six U.S. senators called for a new NIE on Iraq, and in August the Senate passed an amendment demanding that one be prepared. I’ve just learned that—months later and to the immense frustration of Congress—the new NIE is still not ready.

Here we go again – we need the surge, the surge is great, the surge is the best, support the surge, the surge is sugary sweet and the answer to all our prayers or you’re supporting the terrorists, but we basing all of this on intelligence that we’re not going to share with the people’s representatives. Dime to a dollar that NIE says that the surge ain’t such a great idea.

“I will not go into a story unprepared. I will do my homework, and that’s something I learned at an early age.”- Ed Bradley