Fascinating Sunday Afternoon Reading

From today’s NYT:

Thus did the architect of 9/11 become, in effect, a counterterrorism adviser to the American government he professed to despise.

Full story here.


  1. John Konop says:


    Kristol: Bush Might Bomb Iran If He ‘Thinks Obama’s Going To Win’

    Do you think Bush will Bomb Iran if Obama’s going to win?

    TP-On Fox News Sunday this morning, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said that President Bush is more likely to attack Iran if he believes Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is going to be elected.

    However, “if the president thought John McCain was going to be the next president, he would think it more appropriate to let the next president make that decision than do it on his way out,” Kristol said, reinforcing the fact that McCain is offering a third Bush term on Iran.

    “I do wonder with Senator Obama, if President Bush thinks Senator Obama’s going to win, does he somehow think — does he worry that Obama won’t follow through on that policy,” Kristol added. Host Chris Wallace then asked if Kristol was suggesting that Bush might “launch a military strike” before or after the election:

    WALLACE: So, you’re suggesting that he might in fact, if Obama’s going to win the election, either before or after the election, launch a military strike?

    KRISTOL: I don’t know. I mean, I think he would worry about it. On the other hand, you can’t — it’s hard to make foreign policy based on guesses of election results. I think Israel is worried though. I mean, what is, what signal goes to Ahmadinejad if Obama wins on a platform of unconditional negotiations and with an obvious reluctance to even talk about using military force.

    Kristol also suggested that Obama’s election would tempt Saudi Arabia and Egypt to think, “maybe we can use nuclear weapons.”



  2. Bill Kristol has that disturbing talent to smile about things other people normally don’t smile about.

    But, man, he sure was great in “Throw Momma from the Train.”

  3. Ms_midtown says:

    There are many folks who attribute the run on oil from around $80 to $130 on the assumption of such an attack. After all Israel can not clear Iraqi or Saudi airspace without our help,
    and Turkey won’t give it to them. Iran knows this.

    So if Obama takes the oath in January and no such attack has occurred, oil could easily drop $40-50 in several months if Obama communicates to the Israelis, “We won’t help you do it”

    Hence Obama could be faced with an early choice, squash all talk of a US-Israel -> Iranian attack to bring a gallon of gas back to $2.50, be a hero to the consumer in his first 100 days,
    while the centrifuges turn. That’s if there are still centrifuges turning. Either way an Obama presidency likely takes the $40 war premium out of oil very quickly.

    Speaking of the NY Times, Thomas Friedman wants you to pay $4.50 a gallon, minimum, forever.

  4. jsm says:

    “reinforcing the fact that McCain is offering a third Bush term on Iran.”

    Fact? That’s a pretty irresponsible statement.

  5. Goldwater Conservative says:


    We are constantly in disagreement. This is no difference. There are a couple of issues that I think McCain does have a stark contrast with the Bush Administration over, but for the most part it will be a third bush term. Perhaps it would be more managerial, similar to what Bush I had to do after Reagan destroyed everything, but that does not change the fact that it will be a continuation of the Bush II Admin. Foreign policy will be founded on a similar doctorine and his economic policies will continue to favor to upper 1%.

    I will repeat the two words that frame McCain’s character from here through the election: Keating Five.

    Just like Bush and his administration…McCain’s “integrity” and priorities are for sale.

  6. juliobarrios says:

    I’m just glad every front page poster’s ego is not such that they feel the need to post all their irrelevant reading.

    The internet machine has few billion blogs, message boards, etc… If I feel the need to learn about national issues, or skydiving chiwawas, I’ll peruse a number of national sites, just like I come to the PP to learn about and discuss GA Politics.

    I don’t appreciate it when kids cruising in their cars feel the need to “share”, through a base speaker that takes up an entire trunk, their latest Lil Wayne single with me. I find your posts to have the same relevance, and strangely you have the same need to “share”.

  7. jsm says:

    GC, I’m amazed at the brainless democratic talking points you repeat. Facts show that Bush actually raised the tax liability on the top 20% of income earners while lowering it for the other 80%.

    That being said, McCain has disagreed with Bush on spending, administration of the war, energy, global warming, etc. The single fact that McCain’s foreign policy may have a resemblance to Bush’s current policy is no basis for classifying his potential presidency as a third Bush term. Critics have fallen all over themselves mocking Bush’s time in the national guard, but McCain’s military experience and that of three of his sons isn’t something that can be made fun of.

    Finally, your “Keating Five” reference is impotent. McCain was the guy who actually spoke up against the unethical nature of the whole thing. I’m much more fearful of buzz words such as: Jeremiah Wright, liberation theology, James Cone, Che Guevara, “change”, windfall profits tax, etc.

  8. John Konop says:


    Bottom line the 9 trillion dollar debt and growing from Bush and company is bigger than any tax increase via the falling dollar!

    The truth is Bush, McCain, Obama, and congress keep passing spending bills and tax plans with no money to pay for it!

    The last two bills the Farm bill and Iraq funding bill are classic examples. Also both McCain and Obama’s tax plan will drives us further into debt!

    The only solution is bring back PAY/GO! Any one who supports any bill without money to pay for it is irresponsible!

  9. SpaceyG says:

    One lousy car speaker system from a pawn shop is worth a heck of a lot more than a moment of whining into the black hole of Internet infinity.

  10. Icarus says:

    And 75 cents spent in a machine on a men’s room wall is a good way to prevent 18 or more years of whining.

    But what were we talking about here?

  11. benevolus says:

    Yeah, that’s it. The Republicans are raising taxes on the rich, cutting taxes for the poor, and failing to balance the budget anyway.

    The Dems have already won!

  12. SpaceyG says:

    Once a redneck leaves a stupid comment on Peach Pundit, he “looses” respect amongst his more genuinely illiterate buddies.

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