Starting in January, TheNation.com will host some of the most incisive, cutting-edge political bloggers in a new rotating guest blog,
, featuring frequent posts by experts on economics, the environment, youth culture, the Middle East and more. First up is
, a 29-year-old writer from New York and founder of the nationally celebrated blog
. Jessica writes regularly for the Guardian and Salon and is the author of Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, released last spring by Seal Press. She is also a co-founder of the
REAL Hot 100
, a campaign that highlights the important work that young women are doing across the country. Look for Jessica’s posts starting January 3 and continuing until the end of the month–at which point she’ll pass the baton to a soon-to-be announced fellow blogger.
The war in Iraq may have cost 3,900 US soldiers their lives, destroyed America’s reputation abroad and turned
George W. Bush
into one of the most unpopular Presidents in history, but it has proved curiously beneficial to one group of people: the pundits who promoted it. Nobody has been rewarded more generously than
, editor of
The Weekly Standard
, neocon extraordinaire and, now, weekly columnist for the
New York Times
. Some might imagine that slavishly endorsing the lies of the Bush Administration might tarnish the credibility of a commentator on foreign affairs. But Kristol, who before this had been a columnist at
magazine (which declined to renew his contract) and who is a regular fixture on the TV pundit circuit, is the latest proof to the contrary. What might have inspired the Times to sign him up? The paper’s owners apparently felt that having one neoconservative op-ed columnist who supported the war,
, was not enough. And they apparently felt in a more forgiving mood than the man they chose to hire.
In 2006 Kristol suggested that the Justice Department should prosecute the Times for reporting on a secret Bush Administration program to monitor international banking. In 2003 he dismissed the paper of record as “irredeemable,” something his own reputation, clearly, is not. EYAL PRESS
Twelve days after US troops were sent to fight in a faraway country, the FBI suggested to the President that thousands of people be rounded up and detained as “potentially dangerous” to national security. Almost all of them were citizens, and the FBI also proposed that the President suspend habeas corpus to make the roundup constitutional. The President, however, was not George W. Bush, and the war in question was not the “war on terror”–it was the Korean War.
The plan was outlined in a 1950 letter from FBI Director
J. Edgar Hoover
to an assistant to President
. As first reported by Tim Weiner of the New York Times, Hoover’s letter was included in the latest volume of the State Department series Foreign Relations of the United States, released December 22. Hoover told Truman that the FBI had spent “a long period of time” creating a list of “approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven per cent are citizens of the United States.” He called for “permanent detention” of these 12,000 people in order to “protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” (The names of targets were not included in the recently declassified material.)