Hal Brown

Nuclear retaliation after an al Qaeda WMD attack


If the United States is attacked by al Qaeda and suffers very heavy casualties, a nuclear strike may be our only option for retaliation. As a nationless enemy it is known that al Qaeda operates from the mountainous region along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Here are excerpts from what Michael Scheuer had to say in an interview with Keith Olbermann on Feb. 20. He should know. He’s the former head of the CIA bin Laden unit.

Do-over Joe Lieberman


Like George W. Bush, Senator Joe Lieberman has a history of insisting on do-overs. These do-overs preceded his wanting one last military surge in Iraq.

Sore loser Lieberman’s egotistical comment after losing the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont says a great deal about his do-over character:

“For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand.”

Britney Spears and Dick Cheney: mulitple personalities?


Could the flamboyant Britney Spears and the dour Dick Cheney both suffer from multiple personality disorder? The term is most often used colloquially to describe someone who has contradictory parts of their personality. Now that Britney Spears has replaced Anna Nicole as the headline grabber of the week and we wait to see if Vice President Cheney will skate away unscathed from the Plame Affair, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to speculate about the psychology of Spears and Cheney.

Anna Nicole and George W.


This week we learned that Anna Nicole Smith and George W. Bush had a common aspiration: to be remembered as an iconic American.

Anna Nicole wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe.

George W. Bush wants to be remembered as equal to George Washington.

Marilyn and the father of our country were American originals.

Marilyn easily conveyed a blend innocent sexuality, vulnerability and humor that only a few movies stars like Sandra Bullock have been able to do.

The Demopathic Party


After listening to them attack the anti-surge resolution, I’ve concluded that the Republicans think the Democrats are psychopaths.

After all, they are such sore losers they want to send Americans who are part of the surge to fight and die in Iraq in their skivvies.

They should eschew using the lame appellation “Democrat Party”. We all got it a long time ago. The Demcrats can’t be allowed to “own” the word democratic.

I have a better name for them to use for their opposition, one that shows how they really feel.

The doctors are dying


The hostilities in Iraq are being caused by the disease of religious and ethnic hate and the United States has decided to be the doctor. But the doctors are dying. This is a time for a dose of the bitter medicine of hard cold logic.

The principles of emergency medical rescue and of medical triage, as applied in the battlefield must be used by Congress.

Rescue, where heroes get medals

Bush’s hero complex


In 1968 George W. Bush was coasting into adulthood with a new Yale B.A. and plans for a Harvard MBA. All the perks of two Ivy League degrees and of being his father’s son were within his reach.

Unfortunately an inconvenient war got in the way. For George W. Bush, as for so many others, the draft notice could come in the mail any day.

So he chose to use privilege to get into the Texas Air National Guard.

Fool Me Once


Is intelligence being hyped again, this time to implicate Iran as an active enemy of America in Iraq? And if so, are American journalists buying it hook, line and sinker?

That’s what I wondered today when I read the Washington Post article “Iran Sending Explosives to Extremist Groups in Iraq, Officials Say.”

(Quotes below are from the article.)

It seems that on the condition of anonymity,

Scooter: Damn that multitasking


Number two’s number two claims he was too distracted and too busy to remember.

This seems to be “Scooter” Libby’s defense.

It reminds me of his bosses explanation (read “defense”) as to why he shot his friend in the face.

“I was too busy thinking about blasting some helpless quail to think about the most important rule of hunting.”

Don’t get me started on number one who couldn’t quit manage an expeditious exit from an elementary school class when told about the 9-11 planes.

It’s all about multitasking.

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