22 Dec 2010

I Said This Day Would Never Come

SOMEWHERE NEAR DETROIT, FAR FROM D.C. AND MY TWEETDECK ISN’T WORKING, SO CHALK ANY OUTDATEDNESS UP TO THAT — My track record of predictions is pretty stone-cold awful. And yet I never learn my lesson, probably because that would make for joie-de-vivre-starved blogging. But if there’s one thing I really

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22 Dec 2010

Time To Settle All Debate About The Surge

Judging from David McCormick’s book review in the Weekly Standard, the new oral history Al-Anbar Awakening looks like an excellent through-the-participants-eyes understanding of what the Awakening was and wasn’t. And that goes a long way toward clearing out historical dross over the surge. Good for the Standard for printing this:

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22 Dec 2010

What Would The Indefinite-Detention Executive Order Prevent?

There’s still a basic confusion about what question the ‘re-habeas’ review panels set up for prolonged detention of terror suspects is supposed to answer. How can a judge establish whether someone’s still a threat to the U.S. — a question that doesn’t have anything to do with the law? Ah,

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21 Dec 2010

Indefinite Detention Executive Orders We Can Believe In

In 2007 and 2008, there was a presidential candidate who argued that (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge was an affront to American values. In 2009, there was a White House that brushed aside reports it would issue an executive order governing (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge. Coming in 2011, there’s

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21 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1172-10 December 21, 2010 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Conrado D. Javier Jr., 19, of Marina, Calif., died Dec. 19 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces

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21 Dec 2010

Obama to Issue Indefinite Detention Orders We Can Believe In

In other words: Combatant Status Review Tribunals/Administrative Review Boards 2.0: Now With Lawyers. And that means the executive is going to have to come up with another series of rules, from scratch, to govern this review process. The courts have accepted — to the dismay of civil libertarians — wide prerogative for the executive in detention. But they’ve taken a dim view of ad-hoc solutions.

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21 Dec 2010

Why In The World Is Larry Korb Helping Jonathan Pollard?

NEAR DETROIT, MI — Jonathan Pollard, a former civilian Navy intelligence analyst, is a traitor convicted of spying on the U.S. at the Mossad’s Bureau for Scientific Liaison’s behest. He’s been in jail for 25 years. Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has a thing about trying to free him. There’s a

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20 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1168-10 December 20, 2010 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Eric M. Torbert Jr., 25, of Lancaster, Pa., died Dec. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was

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20 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1167-10 December 20, 2010 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Sean A. Osterman, 21, of Princeton, Minn., died Dec. 16 from wounds received Dec.14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province,

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20 Dec 2010

Max Boot’s Correct Reading

Don’t know if I cosign everything in Boot’s post, but he’s right that Vice President Biden is absolutely misleading when he says that the U.S. will be out of Afghanistan in 2014 come “hell or high water.” That’s simply not what the Lisbon NATO conference agreed to do. And if

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