Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is a foreign policy analyst and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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RULES OF ATTRIBUTION FOR THEE...

I'm with Cernig on the Clinton campaign's "plagiarism" charge against Obama : I think they take at least as big a hit on this as he does. TPM has more , and points us to this from Jake Tapper : In a conference call just now the Clinton campaign would not guarantee that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, has never used someone else's rhetoric without crediting them. I asked Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson and Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass, if they could assure the public that neither Clinton nor McGovern has ever done what Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, did when he used the rhetoric of Gov. Deval Patrick without footnoting him. They would not. In fact, Wolfson seemed to say it wouldn't be as big a deal if it were discovered that Clinton had "lifted" such language. "Sen. Clinton is not running on the strength of her rhetoric," Wolfson said. That's some quick thinking, Howie. --Matthew Duss

YOU HAVE ANGERED THE SCHOLZ.

Still running also-ran Mike Huckabee has been using Boston's song "More Than A Feeling" at campaign rallies, and performing it with his band. News of this has reached the ears of Boston's founder, guitar geek demigod Tom Scholz , who is not amused : Huckabee, a bass guitarist himself, has the endorsement of one of the band’s former members, Barry Goudreau, but its leader Tom Scholz made it clear that the group has never endorsed a candidate and even if it did, the former Arkansas governor was not in tune with them. “Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for,” Scholz said in a statement. “In fact, although I’m impressed you learned my bass guitar part on More Than a Feeling, I am an Obama supporter.” Scholz then announced his intention to release a response to Huckabee in the form of a sequel to "More Than A Feeling" entitled "But Substantially Less...

BRAND NEW IRAQ, ONLY SIX-HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS! WHO WANTS TO PLAY?

Continuing to man the "Surge Success!" booth at the Bush Country Fair, neocon carnie Reuel Marc Gerecht looks at the bright side of life: Regarding the Iraq war and jihadism, two facts stand out. First, if we make a comparison with the Soviet-Afghan war of 1979-89, which was the baptismal font for al-Qaeda, what's most striking is how few foreign holy warriors have gone to Mesopotamia since the U.S. invasion in 2003. What's impressive about this is that for years the Bush administration and the neocon apparat relentlessly inflated the numbers of foreign fighters in Iraq, first in an effort to deny the genuinely indigenous, nationalist nature of the insurgency (after first denying the insurgency's existence for over a year), and then to tie Iraq to the broader war on terror by over-representing al-Qaeda's role there (something which only caused al-Qaeda's stock to rise in the Middle East). Don't you remember, these guys had a whole " flypaper " theory worked out, in which terrorists...

LOW HANGING (ORGANIC, OF COURSE) FRUIT.

Over at The Corner , one of Jonah Goldberg 's emailers responds to Goldberg's latest iteration of his argument that torture is no big deal by suggesting that Jonah "go read The Gulag Archipelago , by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It will tell you all you need to know about torture." Jonah fires back: I've read the Gulag Archipelago. It didn't tell me everything I needed to know about torture, it told me almost everything I needed to know about the evil of the Soviet Union. And, guess what? The comparison between the United States and the Soviet Union is idiotic and slanderous. Now, obviously, one doesn't have to believe that the U.S. and the USSR were morally equivalent in order to be deeply troubled now by the U.S.'s operating a global network of secret prisons wherein suspects are held indefinitely without charge and tortured. One just has to be decent. What brings Jonah's sanctimonious response to the level of farce, however, (or, as Frank Zappa used to say, "out of the realm of mere...

THE STRAIGHTTALK EXPRESS TO TORTURE TOWN.

Steve Benen examines John McCain 's sell-out on torture: To briefly recap, a spending bill to finance the nation’s intelligence efforts went to conference, where Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) added an important provision [requiring] the intelligence community to abide by the same interrogation standards articulated in the Army Field Manual, which, of course, prohibit torture. For McCain, this should have been an easy one. After all, he recently argued, rather forcefully, during a Republican presidential debate, “I would hope that we would understand, my friends, that life is not 24 and Jack Bauer. Life is interrogation techniques which are humane and yet effective. And I just came back from visiting a prison in Iraq. The army general there said that techniques under the Army Field Manual are working and working effectively, and he didn’t think they need to do anything else. My friends, this is what America is all about.” That was then. When push came to shove, and the nation looked to...

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