Tag Archives: terrorism

The Civil Liberties Straw Man

Yesterday the Justice Department released several memos written by lawyers in the Bush Administration in the year following the 9/11 attacks. The subject: How far the president’s legal authority extends in pursuit of terrorists. Most of the memos supported a wide berth for the president. Most of the opinions were later rejected. Earlier in the […]


According to Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, the Obama administration is searching for a phrase to replace the “War on Terror.” Good luck. This, of course, is the classic bureaucratic backwards approach to communications, in which people desperately search for just the right word or phrase to communicate a policy they can’t explain or an objective they […]

Best for Last?

George W. Bush’s address from the East Room of the White House Thursday evening was among his best. To a degree almost unseen before, he was relaxed, calm, and comfortable at the podium. He looked like a man about to be relieved of a great burden – not the burden of making decisions (he seems to […]