The End of a Beautiful Friendship

A guest post by Eli Clifton: Last week’s firing of Las Vegas Sands (LVS) president William Weidner by CEO Sheldon Adelson marks the end of a relationship which spanned the business and political worlds. Weidner served on the board of… Continue Reading  

Freeman’s Statement

If you haven’t seen it already, here is Chas Freeman’s statement on the withdrawal of his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC): To all who supported me or gave me words of encouragement during the controversy of… Continue Reading  

Roger Cohen Gets It Right Again

The New York Times‘ Roger Cohen again wrote an excellent and, as Glenn Greenwald pointed out, courageous op-ed today on U.S. Middle East policy and why it needs to seriously engage Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. It’s hard to understand why… Continue Reading  

Nelson Report Says Freeman Foes Distorting China Memo

It’s quite clear that a major battle has erupted over the appointment of Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), which, among other things, is charged with putting together the consensus judgments, called National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs)… Continue Reading  

Ross Is Clearly a Major Player

Since Secretary of State Clinton set out for the Middle East over the weekend, it has seemed increasingly clear to me that Dennis Ross, contrary to my earlier speculation, pretty much got the job that he and WINEP were hoping… Continue Reading