Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

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SEEMS I'VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE. All day, I've been racking my brain, trying to recall from which venomous right-wing media wag I had heard that term, "General Betray Us," before -- yes, long before the tin-eared folks at got hold of it. I thought it was Limbaugh , but I could find no reference to him saying it, even after a maddening hour spent working The Google. I see now that The Politico 's Ben Smith has traced the wing-nut provenance of that lovely moniker. Seems it happened in January, when a caller to the Rush Limbaugh show used it to describe a Republican senator who was not playing ball on the war. Now, while the media jump all over MoveOn for all but calling Gen. David Petraeus a traitor, it seems that no similar fuss was made when the same epithet was used to attack the winner of two Purple Hearts . --Adele M. Stan

Pakistan on the Brink

Six years after the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration encourages more strife in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

President Bush, center, gestures as Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, left, look on during a statement in the White House Rose Garden in September 2006. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
"When the civil war begins, it will begin here," said my self-appointed tour guide, a drunken Frenchman with a flare for the dramatic. He made a sweeping gesture with one hand as the other gripped the steering wheel of the tiny car we occupied, driving down the main drag of Peshawar , Pakistan, an ancient trading post near the Afghan border. The Frenchman, after a night of revelry at the American Club -- the one place in town where alcohol was available to the sizable community of Western do-gooders and operatives -- had offered to give me a lift back to the guesthouse where I was staying. It was May of 1998, and at the edges of the dusty town, refugee camps teemed with tens of thousands of Afghans who had fled either the Taliban or the war that preceded the Taliban's march into Kabul, the Afghan capital. Peshawar was, at around that time, home to Shiekh Osama bin Laden, who had just issued a de facto fatwa on the heads of Americans, declaring it the duty of Muslims to kill Americans...


THE DEVOLUTION OF MEAT INSPECTION. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is reporting that the farm bill passed by the House (H.R. 2419) last July will greatly reduce federal meat inspection, instead referring inspections of the meat processed by most plants to the purview of the states. AFGE represents federal meat inspectors. (I worked for the union from 2001-2005.) The offending provisions were added "at the last moment and without the benefit of public hearings," according to AFGE Legislative Director Beth Moten . The union is joined in its opposition to the meat inspection provisions by the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumers League, the Government Accountability Project and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). From AFGE's release : The Farm Bill [if passed as is by the Senate] would also remove the current ban on shipping state-inspected meat to other states....A report issued in September of last year [by the...


PODESTA: CONGRESS SHOULD PURSUE CONTEMPT CITATIONS. At a meeting with journalists this morning, John Podesta , president and CEO of the Center for American Progress (and former chief of staff in the Clinton White House), urged congressional leaders in both chambers to pursue threatened charges of contempt of Congress against White House personnel who have refused to cooperate with Judiciary Committees in both the House and Senate. As I wrote last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to pursue contempt charges against White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers for their defiance of a subpoena to testify in hearings concerning the controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys. House leaders, however, have yet to schedule a vote on the matter. In the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy declared White House officials to be in contempt of Congress for their failure to provide the committee with subpoenaed documents in the...


SO MAYBE HE'S NOT RESIGNING. You knew there was something odd about Sen. Larry Craig 's resignation announcement, but couldn't quite put your finger on it, right? That's because when public figures announce their resignations from a public post, they usually do so in definite terms, as in, "I will resign my office, effective such-and-such-a-date." Today brings news that, in his Saturday announcement, Sen. Craig didn't mean exactly what you thought he did. Sen. Craig did not so much announce his resignation, but his "intention" to resign . It was a difference pounced on last weekend by Sen. Arlen Specter , who urged, during his appearance on FOX News Sunday, that Craig not resign his seat, and instead fight to reverse the guilty plea he had entered in response to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his alleged attempt to make a hook-up with an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis men's room. (No transcript up yet on FOX site, but Crooks and Liars has the video .) Specter,...