MORE ON THE KONY MEETING. Last night, Samflagged this Jeffrey Gittlemenpiece about the incredible meeting between Jan Egeland, the world�s top humanitarian official, and Joseph Kony, one of the worlds most wanted war criminals.
BARBARIANS AT THE GATES. If Walter Pincus is correct that Defense Secretary-designee Bob Gates will scale backDonald Rumsfeld's expansion of the Pentagon's role in intelligence, we should let out a resounding cheer. Rumsfeld pushed the Pentagon way, way out into the blue yonder of intelligence work -- both with the Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group, designed to obstruct CIA analysis on Iraq and al-Qaeda, and in the field of human intelligence collection.
THE GAME'S STILL THE SAME ... IT JUST GOT MO' FIERCE. I received the same stunning Hill article in my inbox last night that Josh Marshallwrites about here. Excerpt:
House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will ensure that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) wins his race for majority leader, a key Murtha ally said Monday night.
�She will ensure that they [the Murtha camp] win. This is hard-ball politics,� said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), a longtime Murtha supporter. �We are entering an era where when the Speaker instructs you what to do, you do it.�...
KLEIN'S LATEST. (THE OTHER KLEIN.) You don't need to be Nostradamus -- which will continue to climb in the polls until it loses to USC in a couple of weeks -- to know that this piece would contain many of the essential elements of a nightmare. However, it's not altogether horrible once you get past the cover, and if you ignore: a) the inevitable man-crush on Jim Webb; b) the fact that the name of Howard Dean one less time than does the name Terri Schiavo; and c) all that unseemly slobbering over the twin Sun Gods, Chuck 'n Rahm.
In an article discussing the prospect for new trade deals with the Democratic Congress, the Post again uses the term "free trade" to describe these agreements. As BTP readers know, these deals are not really free trade agreements -- they generally do little to reduce the barriers that protect the highly paid professionals (e.g. doctors, lawyers, economists) and they increase protection for intellectual products -- so it is inaccurate to call them "free trade" agreements.
John Tierney did a little hit and run job, tossing out a few more outlandish claims in what is his last NYT column. While I ordinarily am inclined to ignore him, since we apparently won't have John Tierney to kick around anymore, I will highlight one of his errors.
DON'T FORGET THE GREENS.Rick Perlstein's piece from Friday is right to caution that just because Democrats squeaked out a victory in the midterms, progressives should not ignore or forget the fact that Republican chicanery very nearly turned the tide the other way -- and that it might do so the next time.