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UPDATE: Rove coming to town

I just got the following information (below). I wonder if he should receive some kind of "warm" BlueNC welcome....


This is just to advise you that Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President Bush will be speaking at Duke on Dec. 3 from 6 - 7 PM in the Page auditorium on the Duke University campus. Further details will be sent out following the Thanksgiving weekend.

UPDATE: This is an open thread for protest poster ideas. Actual protest details to follow.

Richard Clarke on the 9-11 "docu-drama"

Comments by Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar under Presidents Clinton and Bush, and current ABC News consultant:

As someone who was directly involved in almost every event depicted in the fictionalized docudrama, "The Path to 9-11," I believe it is an egregious distortion that does a deep disservice both to history and to those in both the Clinton and Bush administrations who are depicted.

Sadly, ABC's Entertainment Division hired a production company and screen writer who were apparently unqualified to deal with this historically important subject matter. That error appears to have been compounded by the failure of some of the docudrama's consultants to insure that the account was accurate. Some of the most outrageous scenes were removed after a recent senior level review. What remains, however, is not the true story as told by the 9-11 Commission.

Holbrooke vs. Gingrich

A useful debate is taking place in the WaPo, between Richard Holbrooke and Newt Gingrich about best approaches to managing the global struggle with Islamic jihadism, and I'm curious to hear reactions from readers of this site to these issues.

Do readers here believe, or disbelieve, the assertion that the struggle with jihadism is the clearly dominant foreign policy issue of this era, the equivalent of the struggles against Nazism and communism from earlier eras? If so, what policies should Democrats propose for winning this struggle? Is "winning" a serious, sensible goal?

To be more specific, is this threat so severe and so impending that, for instance, the U.S. should seriously consider military action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons? Would a nuclear-armed Iran pose a "real and present danger" requiring a military response? If not, how should such an Iran be handled?

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