Bin Laden Intel as Outdated as an Original iPod
When asked on This Week how to determine success in Afghanistan, CIA Director Leon Panetta had an abstract yet viable response. Panetta answered, “Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure there is no safety for al Qaeda or a militant Taliban that welcomes al Qaeda.” Unfortunately, winning a war on terror is made more complex when our intelligence on enemy No. 1 is almost a decade old.
Rolling Stone Writer Sounds Off on McChrystal Article
Is it possible that the only things keeping Gen. Stanley McChrystal from looking bad in print prior to the incendiary Rolling Stone article that torched his career were the journalists who relied on continued access to him? That’s what Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone writer who penned the controversial piece, told Reliable Sources. Hastings says that the string of glowing puff pieces on the general to date were simply a result of beat reporters who needed to stay on McChrystal’s good side in order to keep getting scoops and interviews—something Hastings was clearly not concerned with.
McCain: Kagan’s Opposition to Military Recruiters “Very Disturbing”
On Meet the Press, Sen. John McCain gave a preview of what’s to come in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan, which begin Monday. While he assured David Gregory he was waiting for the hearings before passing judgment on Kagan, he said he was “very disturbed” by her opposition to military recruiters on campus.
Top Judicial Committee Members Discuss Kagan Nomination
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and its ranking member, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), faced off on Face the Nation over Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s qualifications. Sessions hinted at the filibuster card by saying that if Kagan’s views “are so far out of the mainstream, it’s conceivable a filibuster might occur.”
Feinstein: Kagan Will Likely Be Pressed
Things change when you’re a nominee, at least if you’re Elena Kagan, who once referred to the Supreme Court nomination process as “a vapid and hollow charade.” Now would be a good time to backtrack, Elena. When asked about those comments on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said with a sly smile that these statements will probably be brought up in the hearing and Kagan “is very likely to be pressed for her views.”
Graham: Why Is He Your Hero?
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he can accept Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s liberal views, but needs clarification on her judicial hero—former Israeli Chief Justice Aharon Barak. On Fox News Sunday, Graham takes issue with Barak’s “way out of the American mainstream” views and requires reassurance that Kagan will hold to the letter of the law despite any activist background. A quick lesson learned: Think twice when answering who you most admire.
Mike Huckabee Won’t Be Marching in the Gay Pride Parade This Year
On Fox News Sunday, Mike Huckabee doubled down on his controversial remarks in The New Yorker this week, where he said, “We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn’t work the same.” He told Chris Wallace, “I’m standing where most of the American public stands, and that is for traditional marriage.”
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