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Thursday, August 16th, 2007
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Thursday, August 9th, 2007
7:49 pm
7:47 pm
If Pakistan Captures Bin Laden Now, Can Obama Take Credit?

The President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf is considering declaring a state of emergency. It's partly because of fighting in northern Pakistan. It's partly the instability he has created by trying to hold on to power and firing a popular judge that might have challenged his claim to that power. But he claims it's also because of Barack Obama.

Musharraf claims that Obama's statements about taking possible unilateral action against Al Qaeda inside Pakistan has created so much instability that he has to declare a state of emergency. That's total rubbish. Musharraf's motivations have nothing to do with Obama, it's just a convenient excuse.

But he is feeling the heat from America for the first time in a long time about the fact that he has done next to nothing about capturing Osama bin Laden.

Yes, to be fair, in the beginning of our so-called "war on terror" (did you know that George Washington originally called the Revolutionary War a "war on muskets"), Pakistan helped in capturing some very important targets, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But after awhile Musharraf powered down, made a ridiculous "peace deal" with the northern tribes which allowed Al Qaeda free reign in Northern Pakistan and basically gave up pursuing Osama.

Now, all of a sudden the heat is on. And it's partly because of Barack Obama's rhetoric. If Musharraf winds up capturing or killing bin Laden now, whether Senator Obama's tough talk helped to bring that about would be a fair question.

The situation in Pakistan is very complicated. Over all, I agree with Sen. Obama. We should put a lot more pressure on Musharraf. If he's going to take our money and pretend to be an ally, he's got to show us some results. We certainly don't want to bluster and blunder ourselves into a military situation in Pakistan. But Obama has been very careful in saying he would talk to Musharraf before he took any action in Pakistan and would exhaust all diplomatic options. He's no George Bush.

But ultimately, if Pakistan doesn't act against bin Laden and we have him in our sights, you've probably got to pull the trigger. By the way, I love how Republicans are now arguing that we shouldn't go after bin Laden in Pakistan. That the responsible thing to do would be to avoid military conflict. Are they kidding?

Speaking of which, Senator Obama's comments might have had one more positive effect. They have changed the center of military conversations to Pakistan, rather than Iran. This is exactly right. Think about it, why on God's green earth would we consider going into Iran - another country where Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden are not, when we full well know they are in Pakistan? If we should take military action anywhere, it should be against Al Qaeda and it should be in Pakistan.

To argue for military strikes against Iran when you're not even willing to take military strikes against the people who attacked us on 9/11 sounds absurd. That's because it is absurd.

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
1:59 pm
1:56 pm
Michael Isikoff: Congress Could Arrest Harriet Miers

We were talking to Michael Isikoff of Newsweek on Friday's show. He pointed out that Democrats in Congress have more options in the US attorneys scandal than most people realize. 

As most people already know, they could hold Harriet Miers, Josh Bolten, Karl Rove and Scott Jennings in contempt of Congress for not testifying about what they know in regards to the US attorney firings. Then they would take it to the courts and wait for the judiciary to resolve executive privilege claims. But that process would drag out for a long time and might not have a practical effect.

But there is another option. They could order the Sergeant at Arms to arrest Harriet Miers and bring her in. I want to be absolutely clear here, Isikoff is a reporter and he is not suggesting that they carry this option out. He is simply pointing out that it is possible.

Here's the relevant part of the transcript:

Michael Isikoff: There is, very quickly, another option. There's something called inherent contempt where they can enforce contempt themselves. They can have the Sergeant at Arms arrest Harriet Miers in the state of Texas and bring her to Washington for trial before the House, and incarcerate her. That's an option that hasn't been used for years. But it is a Constitutional option.

You can listen to this portion of the conversation or the whole interview here.

Now, how fun would this option be? Could anyone accuse the Democrats of not being strong enough if they had Harriet Miers arrested for contempt of Congress? How bad ass would it be to have the Sergeant at Arms handcuff her and bring her in to the Capitol?

Of course, it's really sad that a woman who was nominated to the Supreme Court a short while ago faces such legal trouble now because she and the president have decided that they are above the law and above the Congress. Harriet, please turn yourself in peacefully. Don't make us send the Sergeant at Arms after you. 


1:51 pm
Cenk at Daily Kos Convention
Hi everybody, I'm going to be in Chicago for the YearlyKos Convention from Thur-Sat. of this week. I am going to be meeting up with some Young Turks listeners for drinks on Thursday night and I wanted to invite everyone else in the area as well.

We are going to be at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. I am hoping that we could meet up at The Mx, which apparently is the only bar at the hotel. Best time for me is 9PM local time.

Okay, hope to see you there. 

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