the literary flair of matt bai

October 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Then came the 2007 car crash that kept him submerged in an induced coma for 11 days, followed the next year by the crash on Wall Street, which had much the same effect on the state’s economy

-Bai on Corzine in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine


Fired Up and Ready to Kick His A**

October 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Politico reports today that the West Wing is “fired up” this morning after getting wind of Cheney’s remarks at the Center for Security Policy Wednesday night.

“The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger. Make no mistake: Signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries. Waffling, while our troops on the ground face an emboldened enemy, endangers them and hurts our cause.”

Gibbs has already torn into Cheney at a WH press conference today.  But, aside from the fact that Cheney and Bush let a proposal to increase troops in Afghanistan sit on their desks for 8 months, isn’t the sheer act of publically second guessing your current Commander-in-Chief doing just that — emboldening the enemy?

Maybe Cheney should take notes from a once reviled Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara.  In an interview on Charlie Rose with director Errol Morris shortly before McNamara died, the former Secretary of Defense, under much pressure from Rose and Morris, refrained from commenting or critiquing the way the Bush administration was handling the war in Iraq.  An exasperated Rose even called McNamara’s refusals to weigh in on the war debate “silly”.  McNamara maintained that weighing in or showing public criticism would embolden the enemy.

Watch the full interview here…really fascinating and gets pretty uncomfortable around 14:30!

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