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    Macfarlane & Martin — Glass: A World History

    Posted by James McCormick on 30th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Macfarlane, Alan/Gerry Martin Glass: A World History, U. of Chicago Press, 2002
    (available in the UK as The Glass Bathyscaphe: How Glass Changed the World)

    [cross-posted at Albion’s Seedlings]

    Readers of this blog will already have seen occasional references to the work of British social anthropologist, Alan Macfarlane. While Macfarlane’s writing on the origins of modernity offer a great deal to Anglosphere discussions, he is also an author with much wider interests. With co-author and historian Gerry Martin, he’s written a fascinating book on glass. More specifically, the history of its adoption by cultures across Eurasia, its particular uses in each region and time period, and the ultimate impact which it had on thought and society.

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Book Notes | 1 Comment »

    Clooney, etc. Oppose bin Laden

    Posted by Ginny on 30th April 2006 (All posts by )

    bin Laden clearly is not in favor of UN peacekeeprs, wants Sharia law enforced throughout the Sudan, and appears to have few problems with genocide. Isn’t this the first tape in which he speaks directly of the Sudan and threatens jihad there?

    Bin Laden said the United States and Britain were seeking to dismember Sudan and urged his followers to fight them in Darfur, calling the United Nations an “infidel body” and a U.S. tool.

    That such figures as George Clooney find this an unattractive position is heartening. (Though I must say imagining Lantos, Jackson Lee & Clooney demonstrating boggles the mind.)

    Posted in Terrorism | Comments Off on Clooney, etc. Oppose bin Laden

    Lanky Economist Dies

    Posted by Ginny on 30th April 2006 (All posts by )

    John Kenneth Galbraith, not exactly a Chicagoboy, dies at 97. (Thanks ALDaily which has more obits.)

    Posted in Economics & Finance | 13 Comments »

    This Blog Has Legs

    Posted by Jonathan on 28th April 2006 (All posts by )

    The official Chicagoboyz Tour de France squad takes a break from its grueling training regimen to enjoy a few minutes of relaxing argument.

    Posted in Humor | 3 Comments »

    Do Blondes Have More Fun

    Posted by Ginny on 28th April 2006 (All posts by )

    My oldest daughter. whose good looks are a bit Slavic & definitely brunette was quite irritated as she searched for a cake “topper” five years ago: she wanted a brunette bride paired with a groom of the blonde/blue-eyed good looks of her Nordic husband-to-be. (Perfectly sensible people tend toward the sentimental at such times; I figured she figured she would only marry once & why not with marzipan schmalz?) Dark brides were everywhere, but always coupled with dark grooms. And perhaps as many plastic couples were dark grooms with blonde brides. Clearly, these reflected our culture’s vision of a generic “handsome couple.” But, now, I see in AL Daily, “Corrected-Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun”, the ancient path of evolutionary choice, though I’m not sure this is enough evidence. With such ratios, the males chose, but what will women find alluring? If cake ornaments (generally chosen by women) are any indication, blonde men don’t have (or aren’t) more fun.

    Another thought, will women become dark & dowdy if the ratios in China & India continue – and perhaps spread? (I’m looking forward to being in fashion myself.) When men died young & hard:

    The increase in competition for males led to rapid change as women struggled to evolve the most alluring qualities. Frost believes his theory is supported by studies which show blonde hair is an indicator for high oestrogen levels in women.

    Whatever. My daughter’s search says something, but I’m not sure what. I put this under “bioethics” but suspect it’s trivia.

    Posted in Bioethics | 3 Comments »

    The UN Continues to Please

    Posted by Ginny on 27th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Poem of the week: Richard Newman’s Coins. Kooser notes these “become a ceremonial and communal currency.” Meanwhile, the UN pimps its “ceremonial & communal” collection.(Latter thanks to Insta.)

    Posted in United Nations | 5 Comments »

    Harris — Canadian Brass: The Making of a Professional Army 1860-1939

    Posted by James McCormick on 27th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Harris, Stephen, Canadian Brass: The Making of a Professional Army 1860-1939. 1988, U. of Toronto Press.

    [Cross-posted on Albion’s Seedlings]

    Was Canada Ever Serious? The Canadian Militia and Military Since Confederation

    In a recent post, I reviewed an excellent book on Canada’s role in the Boer War. Canadian social values, actively encouraged by the media and the elites of the day, led to the self-confident assembly and transport of thousands of young Canadian men halfway across the planet. Little more than a decade later, Canada again found itself engaged in a war not of its making. And again, tens of thousands of farm boys, factory workers and office staff risking their lives in the trenches of WW1 Europe. Why? Better yet, why aren’t they still doing it? How did a nation that prides itself on G8 status somehow spend the last sixty years doing a U-turn in its attitude toward the military?

    The story, it turns out, gives us a better sense of the modern Anglosphere and the role that each of the Big Five (UK, US, Canada, NZ and Australia) play on the modern stage. Canadian Brass is an excellent place to start because it tells the story of British, and then Canadian, military culture in the eighty years after Confederation, and the domestic myths which drove and shaped international military participation.

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Book Notes | 3 Comments »


    Posted by Jonathan on 25th April 2006 (All posts by )

    -David Foster has an excellent post that highlights not only MSM fecklessness but also the foolishness of relying on facile assumptions about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

    This is an interesting blog.

    Uh oh.

    Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

    Bestiality May be a Step Too Far

    Posted by Ginny on 24th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Prompted by Jonathans and Lexs exchange, I thought back forty years ago:
    When I was an undergraduate an eccentric guy launched a bookstore to compete with Nebraska Book. At that time Nebraska was one of the top distributors in the country, so they had great sales & swamped the competition. But he tried. He laid books out on cardboard on the second floor of an auto dealership close to campus; we would wander the rows, dutifully purchasing books we wanted but also striking out for the little man. He loved Ayn Rand, giving a 20% discount on her books. In a small square, a knee-high string fence marked off the dirty books. One was Candy. It was quite a cause for a while. Finally, the police stormed the loft & charged the owner with peddling porn.
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    Posted in Education | 8 Comments »

    There is no such thing as Europe

    Posted by Helen on 24th April 2006 (All posts by )

    One of the difficulties of discussing the future (if any) of European countries is the insistence by people who are supposedly sceptical of the European Union of talking about Europe. This is true about numerous American publications and websites and the worst perpetrators are the think-tanks on both sides

    When the British think-tank Centre for European Reform, which is wholly sympathetic to the European project (it used to take a perestroika view of a need to reform and readjust but no longer does so) talks of a European social policy or a European farm policy, the terminology is understandable. But when a website like Brussels Journal, which boasts of its opposition to European integration, or a think-tank like Open Europe produce postings or, in the case of the latter, papers and discussions about the best way forward for Europe one needs to call a halt.

    Let us return to our muttons. To all political intents and economic purposes, there is no such thing as Europe. To argue, for instance, as one well-known American Republican politician did some years ago in London that the European Right must have the same crucial debate that the American Right had had some time before, in order to recreate itself and face the new century is fatuous. The European Right does not exist in any coherent sense. The Right in Central Europe is completely different from the Anglospheric British or American one, though there is the occasional overlap. France divides politically along fault-lines that are not repeated anywhere else. And the Right in Scandinavia tends to be somewhere around the moderate Left everywhere else.

    Europe is a geographical expression, though there is some debate about its boundaries. It is, to a great extent, a cultural expression but mostly as opposed to certain other cultural entities. Even in this we can see the almost unbridgeable differences when we look at the spread of European cultures to the New World. The massive difference between the Anglospheric and Hispanic colonization and the countries that have grown out of them has been well documented.

    Historically, the European experience is very varied. In the west it was largely defined by various wars between Catholics and Protestants and the ongoing struggle between England (later Britain) and France, the easts experiences centred first on the split between the Latin and the Orthodox Churches, then, for centuries, on the fight against the Ottoman Empire.

    Even such supposedly unifying historical events as the Second World War left very different marks on the many different countries. It is not just a question of whether you were on the winning or the losing side. There is the matter of whether there had been an occupation and if so, how many, how popular and how long did they last. Which parts of the population or the political elite supported which occupation? Where does treason lie? One can go on asking these questions for a very long time.

    There is, of course, the European Union, a political construct of massive complexity, which has reached the point of non-reformability. One assumes that the muddle-headed calls for European reform often mean the reform of the EU. They usually come from people who have no understanding of the organization or its structure. In order to hand social policy back to the member states, as suggested by a recent Open Europe paper, there needs to be an amendment to the consolidated treaties. To achieve this, there needs to be an Inter-Governmental Conference and an agreement by all 25 member states; the amended treaty has to be ratified by all of the latter. An unlikely sequence of events.

    It is true that the EU frequently prevents the member states from developing their own changes and reforms. On the other hand, if the various governments were really determined to carry them through they could do so, without monumental EU reforms. (This does not apply to anything that has become EU competence like external trade.)

    But to talk of reforming the European economy or agriculture or social model is to accept the whole European integration project, which is nonsensical in most ways. There is no such thing as a European economy, as the tensions within the eurozone prove quite conclusively.

    There is no such thing as a common European interest, which means there can be no common European foreign policy.

    The differences in the agriculture of the various states are so great that the straitjacket of any common policy, however reformed is unlikely to help anyone. How can countries like Greece, Finland, France and Britain all be part of a common agricultural policy? It is pointless even to talk about its reform that would somehow push European agriculture into the world. Individual countries might be able to open up to the world (or might decide not to do so) and might compete. Europe can do no such thing.

    The creation of the European concept in economy, agriculture, environment etc is merely a method to enhance political integration. Those who talk of European reforms, European opening up, European development in the twenty-first century have accepted the integration project and cannot see its inherent senselessness.

    Cross-posted from Albion’s Seedlings

    Posted in Europe | 12 Comments »

    Earth Day

    Posted by Ginny on 22nd April 2006 (All posts by )

    So, my sixteen-year-old is off doing “good deeds” to celebrate Earth Day. A Wall Street Journal editorial today concludes with one of those Churchill aphorisms:

    So next time someone tells you that climate change is more dangerous than terrorism, bear in mind . . . Churchill once said: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

    Its point:

    Since 1970, carbon monoxide emissions in the U.S. are down 55%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Particulate emissions are down nearly 80%, and sulfur dioxide emissions have been reduced by half. Lead emissions have declined more than 98%. All of this has been accomplished despite a doubling of the number of cars on the road and a near-tripling of the number of miles driven, according to Steven Hayward of the Pacific Research Institute.

    Of course, these percentages are not unlike those the Green Revolution, headed by scientists like Borlaug, produced. As life gets better, we have more time to navel gaze.

    Side note: I’m always struck by the despair & nihilism of 20th century lit as opposed to, say, 17th century. Then, well, things were a lot tougher – a mother could expect to see a real percentage of her children die before her, food shortages, great pain, fear were a part of life in ways we can not understand. Perhaps good times free our minds to think, but, being human, we spend those thoughts hypothesizing problems. Probably that’s a pretty good adaptation technique – if we didn’t worry we might lose our problem-solving skills. But perhaps we’ve gotten soft: it’s a lot easier to worry about the problems Gore hypothesizes than, well, the old big ones: like we are going to sin & die. And like why do some of us think our culture is worth neither defending nor reproducing? Or, even ones more specific & timely – we sense Gore’s comments are overblown; we are less sure those coming out of Iran are. Therefore, scaring ourselves with Gore’s predictions is more comfortable than meditating on Ahmadinejad’s.

    Posted in Environment | 10 Comments »

    Do the people who come up with these foolish laws even use the Internet themselves?

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd April 2006 (All posts by )

    These proposals are asinine and unworkable. But thank God things are going so well in the world that the Justice Department has the resources to make fighting Internet porn a national priority.

    UPDATE: Ginny posts on related topics.

    Posted in Internet | 20 Comments »

    Queen Elizabeth II

    Posted by Jonathan on 21st April 2006 (All posts by )

    The Queen turns 80 today. I wish her all the best and hope that she lives to at least 120.

    (Thanks to Rachel for the reminder.)

    Posted in Anglosphere | 5 Comments »

    April 19, 1775

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 19th April 2006 (All posts by )

    The town of Lexington lay right along the road to Concord, and the Lexington militia had already assembled on the town green while it was still dark. There was confusion about what exactly was happening, and it wasnt certain how far away the British troops were, or whether in fact the whole thing might have been a false alarm. But it was no false alarm, and just as the sun was rising, about five in the morning, they saw the long British column coming up the road toward them.

    The British vanguard formed up in a battle line on Lexington green facing the militia, who numbered only thirty-eight. A British officer ordered the militia to drop their weapons and disperse. They did begin to disperse, but they didnt drop their weapons, and then from somewhere a shot was fired. To this day, no one is certain where the shot came from. It may have been from the British lines; it almost certainly wasnt from the Lexington militia. It may have been from a bystander, or it may have been an accidental misfire. Whatever its origin, that first shot started the British soldiers firing, without orders, into the dispersing militia. When the smoke cleared from those very few minutes of confusion, eight Lexington militiamen had been killed and nine wounded. Some bled to death on the front steps of their houses around the edge of the green.

    When the British column arrived at Concord they had very little success with their principal mission. Nearly all the arms had been hidden away and many of the cannon had been buried in the freshly-plowed fields. The small detachment at the North Bridge watched as hundreds of militia began to assemble on a nearby hill.

    soon the entire British force began to march back the way it had come, down the long road to Boston. By the hour, more and more militia and minuteman companies were arriving from the surrounding countryside, and the British retreat turned into a brutal rout, a battle three hundred yards wide and eighteen miles long. At every turn of the road a militia company was waiting and fired into the British ranks. The British were fired upon from many houses along the road, and in response their advance parties began burning nearly every building they came to.

    The above passages come from this excellent modern account of the events of April 19, 1775.

    Some contemporary accounts:

    An open letter from the Massachusetts provincial congress to the inhabitants of Great Britain, regarding the events of April 19, 1775. (the regular troops on their way to Concord marched into the said town of Lexington and the said company, on their approach, began to disperse that notwithstanding this, the regulars rushed on with great violence and first began hostilities by firing on said Lexington Company, whereby they killed eight and wounded several others )

    A letter from Ann Hulton, Massachusetts resident, wife of a customs commissioner, sympathetic to the British side. (a prodigious number of people now occupying the hills, woods, and stone walls along the road. The light troops drove some parties from the hills but all the road being enclosed with stone walls served as a cover to the rebels, from whence they fired on the troops still running off whenever they had fired, but still supplied by fresh numbers who came from many parts of the country. In this manner were the troops harassed in their return for seven [or] eight miles. )

    General Gages report of the events. (It appears from the firing of alarm guns and ringing of bells that the march of Lieutenant-Colonel Smith was discovered, and he was opposed by a body of men within six miles of Concord, some few of whom first began to fire upon his advanced companies which brought on a fire from the troops that dispersed the body opposed to them; and they proceeded to Concord, where they destroyed all the military stores they could find. )

    Major Pitcairns report of the days events. (when I arrived at the end of the Village, I observed drawn up upon a Green near 200 rebels; when I came within about 100 yards of them I instantly called to the soldiers not to fire, but surround and disarm them some of the rebels who had jumped over the wall fired four or five shots at the soldiers Upon this, without any order or regularity, the Light Infantry began a scattered fire )

    See also:

    Video of reenactment on Lexington Green.
    Minute Man National Historical Park.
    There are many good links at American

    God bless America.

    UPDATE: Note the way the statue of Captain John Parker, above, is echoed in the recently unveiled statue of Rick Rescorla, hero of the Ia Drang battle, and hero of 9/11.

    Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

    Miller – Painting the Map Red: Canada and the South African War, 1899-1902

    Posted by James McCormick on 17th April 2006 (All posts by )

    [cross-posted at Albion’s Seedlings]

    Miller, Carman, Painting the Map Red: Canada and the South African War, 1899-1902. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1993. (Ppbk 2003, 584pp.)

    In the first part of 2005, after working my way through many of the books in the Annotated Bibliography from Jim Bennett’s The Anglosphere Challenge, I became interested in the dramatic turn-of-the-20th century rapprochement between Great Britain and the United States. Books written at the time, which promoted the unity of the English-speaking peoples, cited the Spanish-American War and the Boer War as events which changed the public’s mind about whether America and the British Empire could get along. I needed to familiarize myself with these two wars.

    After I read First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country A World Power (Zimmermann, W., 2002) … about the Spanish-American War era, Lex suggested a book by Professor Carman Miller called Painting the Map Red.

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Book Notes | 3 Comments »

    Happy Easter …

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 16th April 2006 (All posts by )

    … to all our boyz and grrrlz, commenters, readers, friends and foes, believers, agnostics, unbelievers, otherwise-believers and hostile-to-believers.

    We’re a big tent.

    Today’s mission: keeping the chocolate off the kids’ church clothes before the 11:00 a.m. mass. Dinner menu: lamb, potatoes, peas, carrots, gravy (the gravy is key) vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce for dessert.

    Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


    Posted by ken on 14th April 2006 (All posts by )

    According to some of our friends on the left, starting a war against Iran will cause them to do the following:

    Then we’ll get flowers and candy–not to mention a massive Shia uprising in Iran and Iraq, and terrorist reprisals at home. Nothing like another 9/11 to set the mood for the midterm elections.

    What, other than the prospect of an American military response, is stopping them from doing this right now? Is there anything on Earth that would stop the Iranians from giving us “a massive Shia uprising in Iran and Iraq” (as opposed to the helpful cooperation they’re giving us now in Iraq?) and terrorist “reprisals” at home the minute they get working nuclear weapons to ward off any possible non-nuclear attack on them?

    I guess you can assume that the Iranians wouldn’t do such a thing unprovoked, even if they thought they could get away with it, and that George W Bush would go to war even though he knew they couldn’t possibly be a threat now or in the foreseeable future… if you were willing to assume that the Iranian mullahs were more sane, reasonable, responsible, and respectful of other people’s lives, properties, and liberties, than George W. Bush.

    That’s not an assumption that some of us see any reason to make.

    Posted in Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

    A far more important anniversary

    Posted by Helen on 11th April 2006 (All posts by )

    April 9 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which required a special trip to Paddington railway station, it being the nearest surviving monument to the mans genius.

    As Richard Savill wrote in the Daily Telegraph a few days before that:

    The vision of Brunel – who by the time of his death in 1859, aged 53, had built 25 railway lines, more than 100 bridges and three ships – helped transform the West Country during the Victorian era.

    It also helped to transform Britain, as Richard Alleyne pointed out on the same day:

    Along with a handful of other industrialists he transformed the country from a traditional, rural, agrarian economy to a modern, urban, industrial one. By the time of his death, it was the industrial superpower of the world.

    A legacy to be proud of and a man, whose loss to Britain cost France dear. His father was an immigrant to Britain and himself a notable engineer. Isambard Kingdom was part educated in France but trained on his father’s projects. He was injured on one of them and spent his convalescence in Bristol, thus starting his very fruitful career in the West Country.

    Still I cant help wondering about a comment made by Andrew Kelly, the director of Brunel 200:

    Although Brunel was born 200 years ago, his influence remains with us in Britain today.

    We hope that by showcasing his huge breadth of mind, and how he excelled as an engineer, ship designer, architect, surveyor and artist, we will encourage the Brunels of the future to adopt his ‘can do’ attitude and determination to achieve.

    I appreciate the need to encourage the Brunels of the future but what makes the man think that someone born 200 years ago is of little relevance. I seem to recall that in a recent BBC poll for the greatest Englishman, Brunel came second to Sir Winston Churchill.

    Mr Kelly must realize, surely, that apologizing for the past is not the way to build the future. He could start by meditating on Edmund Burkes sayings.

    Cross-posted (mostly) from the Conservative History Journal

    Posted in History | 9 Comments »

    Our Puny Voices Speak On

    Posted by Ginny on 11th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Beckett’s century.

    And so, Chicagoboyz is our stage – we throw our posts out into the blogosphere. But, we wonder, if no one comments is our post unread? If posted and not read, does it exist? Do we?

    Posted in Arts & Letters | 9 Comments »

    Some Discussion of Eurabia

    Posted by Ginny on 11th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Arts & Letters links to Bruce Bawer’s “Crisis in Europe” in the Hudson Review. He begins with the autobiographical: “My learning curve was steep. When I look back, its as if one day the whole business wasnt even on my radar screen, and the next day I understood that it was the most important issue of our time.” This is because he came to Amsterdam in 1997 but it took two years to realize the dramatic split between the “two radically different and almost entirely separate communities. One of them, composed mostly of ethnic Dutchmen, was secular, liberal, and (owing to a very low birthrate) dwindling steadily; the other, composed of immigrant Muslims, lived in tradition-bound, self-segregating enclaves whose autocratic leaders despised democracy and whose population (thanks to high birth and immigration rates) was climbing rapidly.” And so he comes to see this division throughout Europe.

    This is essentially a bibliographic essay that may be of interest to some of our readers. I’m still back there, slogging away through the first of the suggested books on our Civil War. (And have papers to grade.) Besides, this isn’t something I know much about. So, there isn’t much value added. For those interested, follow the link above; if you want it briefly, a summary follows; and if you want to explore, he includes healthy footnotes.

    We always relish discussion here.
    Update April 29: An interesting discussion of Bawer.
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    Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

    Those Sophisticated Europeans

    Posted by Shannon Love on 10th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Well, it’s the 21 century and the French are still letting rioters overrule the democratic process and set national economic policy.

    The next time the French try to tell us how much more mature and sophisticated they are compared to Americans, can we just laugh in their faces?

    Posted in France | 39 Comments »

    A Sinking Ship Takes on More Ballast

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 10th April 2006 (All posts by )

    In this post I discussed a new French labor law. The law in question was supposed to reduce unemployment by allowing employers to fire anyone who was under 26 years of age, and as long as they had the job for less than two years.

    (And in this post I wondered if all of the cars that protesters set ablaze affected the price of gas and automobiles in France. I didn’t get an answer, so I suppose that means we don’t have any French readers.)

    This seemed to me to be the only sensible thing to do. While the new law couldnt very well be seen as turning the French around so that they had a sound fiscal policy, at least it made the governments stance a little less insane.

    The news today is reporting that such a measure simply isnt going to pass. Instead the government is going to offer incentives to companies if they will only hire more young people.

    I seem to remember that they already tried to combat unemployment by passing a law which mandated a 35 hour work week. That was such a disaster that they had to rescind the legislation after only five years.

    Im certainly not an economist by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems to me that the French government is pretty much going to partially subsidize jobs offered to young people. This just boggles my mind. Where is all this money that the government is using to bolster the economy coming from? And how long can they keep this up before something snaps?

    Posted in France | 4 Comments »

    Today’s Haiku

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Arab grocery
    Bought labneh with zaatar
    At home, letdown: spoiled

    Posted in Humor | 5 Comments »

    Must See!

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 9th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Now THIS is a Brokeback Mountain sequel that I would pay good money to see!

    I’d even buy the DVD so I could enjoy it again and again and again.

    (HT to Ace, and cross posted at Hell in a Handbasket.)

    Posted in Diversions | 4 Comments »

    But it’s perfectly OK if anti-Bush officials leak to the press.

    Posted by Jonathan on 7th April 2006 (All posts by )

    Cited by Howard Kurtz (via Classical Values and Instapundit):

    “The testimony, cited in a court filing by the government late Wednesday, provides the first indication that Mr. Bush, who has long assailed leaks of classified information as a national security threat, played a direct role in the disclosure of the intelligence report on Iraq at a moment that the White House was trying to defend itself against charges that it had inflated the case against Saddam Hussein,” says the New York Times .

    “If Mr. Libby’s account is accurate, it also involves Mr. Bush directly in the swirl of events surrounding the disclosure of the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer.”

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    Posted in The Press | 12 Comments »