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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Petty, pandering partisans

A bunch of petty Democratic partisans got their tighty-whities in a bunch Thursday because this web site had the audacity to publish a news story about former Bill Clinton security advisor Sandy Berger’s incredibly stupid and illegal stunt of removing classified documents, hiding them, and then having to retrieve them from a dumpster.

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Some new online addictions

The Internet has given birth to a quirky range of modern addictions and maladies, the British weekly New Scientist says in its Christmas issue published this Saturday.

They include these:

– EGO-SURFING: When you frequently check your name and reputation on the Internet.

– BLOG STREAKING: "Revealing secrets or personal information online which for everybody’s sake would be best kept private."

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Gates will deliver Iraq report to Bush this weekend

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that he hopes to give a report to President Bush this weekend on what he learned during his three days of meetings with military and political leaders here.

Gates declined to say whether he plans to recommend a short-term increase in U.S. troop levels. But he said he believes the U.S. and Iraqis have "a broad strategic agreement between the Iraqi military and Iraqi government and our military."

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Eight Marines charged in deaths of Iraqi civilians

With eight Marines charged in connection with the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians, the Marine Corps sent a clear message to its officers: They will be held accountable for the actions of their subordinates.

In the biggest U.S. criminal case involving civilian deaths to come out of the Iraq war, four of the Marines — all enlisted men — were charged Thursday with unpremeditated murder.

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Take George Pataki…please!

This column is designed to drive the final railroad spike into the coffin of George Elmer Pataki’s presidential ambitions.

The Empire State’s drowsy Republican governor drifts off Jan. 1 after 12 years in office _ about11 years too late. Pataki is less than just a politician of breathtaking mediocrity; his lack of competence, charisma and character actually has generated Republican optimism toward Governor-elect Elliot Spitzer, a busybody liberal Democrat.

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Secret no more

Midnight on Dec. 31 will be a signal moment for scholars of modern history and not just because it’s New Year’s Eve and they’re breaking out the bubbly in think tanks and faculty clubs.

President Bush — quite frankly to general surprise — has ordered that at that moment all classified records more than 25 years old and of historical value "shall be automatically declassified whether or not the records have been reviewed." That means that the bureaucracies will no longer be able to maintain secrecy by inaction or short staffing.

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Why we change our minds about candidates

We are nervous about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new conservatism, wondering if it’s an act so she can run for president. But two-thirds of us want President Bush to admit he was wrong about Iraq and change course.

We tut-tut over John McCain’s new embrace of Jerry Falwell but click our tongues over the implausibility of liberal Republican Rudy Giuliani’s being the GOP nominee. We mull the wisdom of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s shift to the right, but we almost dumped Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman for not budging from being pro-war.

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What was Sandy Berger thinking?

The newly disclosed inspector general’s report on the theft of documents from the National Archives fails to answer one key question: What on earth was Sandy Berger thinking?

Berger was President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser and his liaison with the 9/11 commission, and in that capacity Berger spent several days at the National Archives in 2003 reviewing reports on how the Clinton White House responded to the millennium terrorist threats.

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The story of ‘O’

It will be all about the big "O" when the new Congress takes over next month. "Oversight" will be the name of the game.

Defense contractors, pharmaceutical firms, oil companies and others are all expected to come into the sights of Democratic committee chairmen who are promising to open investigations and hold oversight hearings into the practices and products of these industries. Also on notice for similar scrutiny are a host of agencies, from the EPA to the CIA.

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