Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday morning

Looking like a stereotypically bleak Monday.

I note that Andrew Sullivan is all over the Iranian election; for something more concise, Laura Secor writes on "Iran's Stolen Election."

Meanwhile, Jose Padilla's civil suit vs. John Yoo has largely survived a motion to dismiss -- look now for interlocutory appeal, as Yoo (and Obama's DOJ) struggle to avoid the discovery process ("state secrets," anyone?). And Jane Mayer writes about Panetta at CIA.

... The part of Mayer's article garnering attention is this:
Panetta, pouring a cup of coffee, responded to Cheney’s speech with surprising candor. “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue,” he told me. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.”
Cheney responds:
I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted. The important thing is whether or not the Obama administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years.
Eight years prior to June 15, 2009 = June 15, 2001.

Safe. Yeah.

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