PRE-FACE – Saturday, November 13, 2004

Good morning.

  • According to the Scots paper The Scotsman, some Brits a developed a certain conspiracy-laden paranoia concerning their Prime Minister's relationship with the U.S. President:
    Many in the [Blair's own] Labour Party, including government ministers, are uncomfortable about his close relationship with the president, and cosy [sic], closed-door dinners will only fuel suspicions of secret deals and clandestine agreements."
    Do they invited the Council on Foreign Relations, the Tri-Lateral Commission, and the Bilderbergers?


  • John McLaughlin, the old CIA hand who served as interim-director after George Tenet quit, has announced that he will retire. USA Today, in the story just linked, reveals that McLaughlin and new CIA Director Porter Goss were at each other's throats, so to speak, but one would expect such an overdramatic tale from a sensationalist bit of the press.

  • The New York Times, affectionately nicknamed "The Gray Drunk Lady," opines in an Op/Ed that President Bush ought to use his political capital to bully members of his own party in the House of Representatives to adopt the whole 9-11 Commission recommendations and nothing but the 9-11 Commission recommendations. It's a foolish, reckless, rash, and very partisan suggestion, but the Gray Lady is now wed with the bottle. –hic-


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