Sam Rosenfeld

Sam Rosenfeld is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University and a former web editor at the Prospect.

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"WINNING THE CRITICAL...

"WINNING THE CRITICAL WAR OF WILL." Via K-Lo , Fred Thompson endorses the Green Lantern theory of foreign policy in his response to Harry Reid 's critique of General Peter Pace . Harry Reid, though, has taken a different route. He made his statement about General Pace on a conference call with fringe elements of the blogosphere who think we're the bad guys. This is a place where even those who think the 9/11 attacks were an inside job find a home ... But Reid's comments are not meant for logical analysis. He proclaimed the war lost some time ago, and the surge as a failure even before the additional troops were on the ground. The problem is that every one of Reid's comments I've noted here has also been reported gleefully by Al Jazeera and other anti-American media. Whether he means to or not, he's encouraging our enemies to believe that they are winning the critical war of will. Lovely stuff. Josh Marshall had some good advice yesterday about not getting sucked into moronic...

LEFT IN THE...

LEFT IN THE WEST. The Hill discusses recent changes that have improved Democrats' '08 Senate prospects a bit. Several of them are happening in the West, where, as we've been hearing for a while, Democrats have been resurgent and well-placed to capitalize on opportunities as they arise. To be momentarily callous here, the death of Republican Senator Craig Thomas in Wyoming opens up a seat Republicans will have to defend next year; though the state's governor is Democratic, that obviously remains a deeply red state and would be a tough prospect. Wayne Allard 's pending retirement in Colorado opens up a far better chance for Dems to pick up a seat. The Hill also mentions New Mexico's attorneygate-tarred Pete Domenici and Alaska's Ted Stevens (connected to a burgeoning state corruption scandal) as incumbents who could potentially undergo swift reversals of fortune. Meanwhile in Nebraska, Chuck Hagel is facing a primary challenge from the dead-ender Republican right while rumors keep...

ON IT GOES....

ON IT GOES. Though efforts by some war supporters to characterize last year's bombing of the Shia Imam al-Askari mosque in Samarra as the original instigator of serious sectarian bloodletting in Iraq were completely bogus, it's true that that attack caused an intense uproar and signified a worsening of the civil war. The mosque was attacked again today, and its two minarets were destroyed (its golden dome was destroyed in the first attack). Demonstrations have already begun. In other grim but unsurprising Iraq news today, parliament has failed to pass any of the new laws that the U.S. has insisted on as "benchmarks," from a new oil law to proposals pertaining to former Baathists to constitutional reform. This despite incredibly heavy pressure from the U.S. -- seemingly an indication that the political solution everyone knows to be crucial to stability in Iraq is (as it has been for a very long time) not within America's power to conjure up, and thus that the continued American...

FERGUSON'S FACT-LESS CHECK OF GORE.

FERGUSON'S FACT-LESS CHECK OF GORE. In Sunday's Washington Post , Weekly Standard senior editor Andrew Ferguson had a little hit job on Al Gore's new book , built around Gore's citation of an Abraham Lincoln quote which, according to Ferguson, has been falsely attributed to The Great Emancipator. Here's how Ferguson opens the piece: You can't really blame Al Gore for not using footnotes in his new book, "The Assault on Reason." It's a sprawling, untidy blast of indignation, and annotating it with footnotes would be like trying to slip rubber bands around a puddle of quicksilver. Still, I'd love to know where he found the scary quote from Abraham Lincoln that he uses on page 88. [ emphasis added ] Well, Mr. Ferguson, the answer to that is quite easily to be found on p. 282 of the book where, in the endnotes , Gore provides the citation. ( The Lincoln Encyclopedia , Macmillan: 1950, Andrew Ward, ed., page 40.) Is Ferguson so manipulative that he is using the endnote/footnote difference...

HARDBALL.

HARDBALL. Here's Ezra : Note that Ezra managed to actually stop Matthews in his tracks for a nanosecond right off the bat with his green-card-for-snitching-on-illegal-employers proposal. Nicely done. Meanwhile, yesterday I mentioned that, earlier in the program when talking to Ben Affleck , Matthews actually invoked fascism in criticizing Rudy Giuliani 's approach to the politics of terrorism. It's admittedly somewhat indirect, the way he does it, but here it is: MATTHEWS: Let me ask you -- before we go to break, I want to ask you the key question here. We're going to come back and talk about the Democrats. You have an interest in Obama. You have an interest in Hillary and the rest. I want to know where you stand on that. But before we do that, who's the toughest Republican that they could put in the field? Admittedly, the war's unpopular. Admitted, this president, George W. Bush, is not popular. Admitted, it's a terrible terrain to go in next year. Who's their strongest champion next...

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