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  • Secrets of 9/11: New Details of Chaos, Nukes Emerge

    09/11/2016 9:41:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/11/16 | William M. Arkin and Robert Windrem
    When chief of staff Andrew Card knelt down and told George Bush “America is under attack” 15 years ago Sunday, the words he whispered in the president’s ear in a Florida classroom launched what was supposed to be a planned, orderly response to a national emergency. But what followed instead was chaos, a breakdown in communication and protocol that risked international conflict and could have made Sept. 11, 2001, a still bigger tragedy. There were live nukes on the tarmac at U.S. airbases, a failed communications system, and a security protocol for the president and his potential successors — the...
  • Dana Priest's controversial co-author (William Arkin)

    07/20/2010 8:50:03 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 11 replies ^ | 07/20/2010 | KEACH HAGEY
    With two Pulitzer Prizes to her name, Dana Priest is one of the Washington Post’s most celebrated reporters. Until Monday, when the Post published the first installment of a bombshell series on post-9/11 intelligence industrial complex, national security blogger William Arkin was hardly known to the paper’s readers. But from a media perspective, Arkin’s role as co-author of the series might be the more important. It marks the first time one of the Post’s bloggers – lately the cause of controversy because they sometimes blur opinion and reporting — has had a byline in one of the paper’s big, investigative...
  • Bin Laden the Communist

    09/10/2007 10:17:29 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 845+ views ^ | September 10, 2007 | William M. Arkin
    Since Osama bin Laden made his first appearance in almost three years on Friday, the government and the news media have exhaustively scrutinized his video for clues as to the Saudi terrorist's whereabouts and well-being. ...his message has been dismissed as meaningless psychological warfare and propaganda, put forward in a claim for relevance on the sixth anniversary of September 11. But what bin Laden actually says in his "message from Sheikh Osama bin Laden to the American people" has the potential to be quite revealing. Gone is any mention of Israel, of the Christian and Jewish crusaders, or of the...
  • The Secret History of Able Danger

    09/27/2005 8:39:39 AM PDT · by vadkins · 71 replies · 3,465+ views
    The Washington Post Blog ^ | 9/27/2005 | William Arkin
    First, to debunk the myths: As best as I can determine, having spent tens of hours talking to military sources involved with the issue, intelligence analysts did not identify anyone prior to 9/11, Mohammed Atta included, as a suspect in any upcoming terrorist attack. It is not even clear that a "Mohammed Atta" was identified, let alone that it is the same Atta who died on 9/11. No military lawyers prevented intelligence sleuths from passing useful information to the FBI. Able Danger itself was not an intelligence program. As a representative of U.S. Special Operations Command said at a special...
  • Scooter Libby and Reputation

    02/22/2007 2:54:54 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 47 replies · 1,349+ views
    Wall Street Journal / ^ | February 22, 2007 | Daniel Henninger
    WONDERLAND Scooter Libby and Reputation Prosecutions that wreak ruin on a lifetime. The trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the closest version of a Red Queen trial this country has had in a long time. One says that knowing it might start a stampede from past defendants laying claim to the most upside-down prosecution. Lewis G. Carroll's account of the Knave' s trial before the Red Queen and White Rabbit is famous for the Queen's dictum, "Sentence first, verdict afterward." But read the full transcript of the mock trial and one will see that the real subject is not...
  • In Protest of NBC Expert's Insult of Troops, Allard Resigns

    02/19/2007 7:03:43 PM PST · by rlmorel · 2 replies · 317+ views
    In protest of NBC's lack of action after NBC News military analyst William Arkin used his blog to describe U.S. soldiers as "mercenaries" enjoying "obscene amenities" for ungratefully daring to criticize Americans for not supporting the war effort, retired Colonel Ken Allard last week resigned his position as a military analyst for NBC News. In a February 16 op-ed for the San Antonio Express-News, "NBC sinks too low for this talking head," Allard, an "executive-in residence" at the University of Texas at San Antonio, regretted that "sometimes the only way to show where you really stand is to vote...
  • The Left's Definition of a 'Hero' (Michelle Malkin)

    02/07/2007 7:10:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies · 1,333+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2-07-07 | Michelle Malkin-Commentary
    The Left's Definition of a 'Hero' By Michelle Malkin Commentary February 07, 2007 Angry, left-wing Washington Post blogger William Arkin considers American troops in Iraq who believe in their mission "mercenaries" who are "naive" and should be thankful they haven't been spit upon yet. Curdled Democrat Sen. John Kerry thinks those soldiers, who volunteer for service, didn't "make an effort to be smart" and are "stuck in Iraq" because of their intellectual deficiencies. At the last anti-war spasm in Washington, liberal peace-lovers vandalized a military recruitment office -- repeating an act of destruction taken by rock-wielding thugs across college...
  • The Arrogant and Intolerant Speak Out [Who says moonbats aren't funny!]

    02/01/2007 10:01:24 AM PST · by 68skylark · 73 replies · 1,876+ views ^ | Feb 2, 2007 | William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security
    Well, one thing's abundantly clear about who will actually defend our rights to say what we believe: It isn't the hundreds who have written me saying they are soldiers or veterans or war supporters or real Americans -- who also advise me to move to another country, to get f@##d, or to die a painful, violent death. Contrary to the typically inaccurate and overstated assertion in dozens of blogs, hundreds of comments, and thousands of e-mails I've received, I've never written that soldiers should "shut up," quit whining, be spit upon, or that they have no right to an opinion....
  • The Troops Also Need to Support the American People

    02/05/2007 5:22:14 PM PST · by kellynla · 43 replies · 909+ views
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | 1/30/2006 | William M. Arkin
    I've been mulling over an NBC Nightly News report from Iraq last Friday in which a number of soldiers expressed frustration with opposition to war in the United States. I'm sure the soldiers were expressing a majority opinion common amongst the ranks - that's why it is news - and I'm also sure no one in the military leadership or the administration put the soldiers up to expressing their views, nor steered NBC reporter Richard Engel to the story. I'm all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also...
  • William M. Arkin: His Shamed Mother’s Pride and Joy, But Not America’s

    02/05/2007 8:44:46 AM PST · by captjanaway · 14 replies · 986+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | Feb 5, 2007 | Mark R. Taylor
    On January 30, 2007, William M. Arkin wrote a sickening commentary titled “The Troops Also Need to Support the American People”, which appears on the Washington Post’s website. In this disgusting piece, Arkin ponders the thoughts and obvious dismay of our American heroes – the troops in battle in Iraq – in an NBC Nightly News story in which soldiers from Ft. Lewis, Washington, now stationed in Iraq, expressed frustration at the American media, and the left-wing and anti-American protesters hell-bent on undermining their life-or-death mission. Arkin, himself frustrated with the news that these valiant heroes clearly disapprove of his...
  • Song Long and Thanks for All the Amenities

    02/02/2007 10:10:09 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 2 replies · 352+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 2 February 2007 | .cnI redruM
    The Washington Post has attempted to go after a slice of the blogging pie. This seems only fair. The blogsphere has seemingly spent the last five or so years producing the closest thing out there to fair and accurate reporting of the news. Unfortunately, the Washington Post seems to have used The Huffington Post as their model. If William M. Arkin’s Early Warning Blog indicates their intended direction, they won’t be telling us anything that hasn’t already shown up writ large in the bulk of their “reporting”. Mr. Arkin seems to think our troops should be thankful that all the...
  • A Note to My Readers on Supporting the Troops (Dig Arkin, Dig!)

    02/02/2007 9:42:23 AM PST · by The Blitherer · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/07 | William Arkin
    I knew when I used the word "mercenary" in my Tuesday column that I was being highly inflammatory. NBC News ran a piece in which enlisted soldiers in Iraq expressed frustration about waning American support. I intentionally chose to criticize the military and used the word to incite and call into question their presumption that the public had a duty to support them. The public has duties, but not to the American military. So I committed blasphemy, and for this seeming lack of respect and appreciation for individuals in uniform, I have been roundly criticized and condemned. Mercenary, of course,...
  • The Iowahawk Equal Time Debate: Should William Arkin Be Beaten?

    02/02/2007 9:22:28 AM PST · by IowaHawk · 33 replies · 1,073+ views
    iowahawk | 2/2/07 | iowahawk
    In compliance with the Fairness Doctrine and other proposed federal rules aimed at balancing online media opinions, I am introducing Iowahawk's new "Equal Time" feature. From time to time, I will be opening these pages to those with opposing viewpoints, where we will be debating the various top issues of the day. Please welcome today's guest dissenter, retired US Marine Corps LTC Mike Williams, as we debate today's Equal Time question: "Should Washington Post Military Analyst William Arkin Be Beaten Like the Repulsive Sack of Sh*t He Is?" The Iowahawk View Washington Post Military Affairs correspondent William Arkin recently stirred...

    02/01/2007 8:37:38 AM PST · by rwbgbtusa · 3 replies · 399+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/2007 | William M. Arkin
    I'm all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn't for them to disapprove of the American people.
  • Iranian Alert - May 18, 2006 - Ahmadinejad to write another letter [invite to Islam]

    05/17/2006 6:27:27 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 1,271+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 5/17/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Payvand Tehran, May 17, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends to write another letter but it will not be for a political figure, "informed sources" were quoted on Wednesday. The Persian-language daily, Tosse'e, quoted the sources as saying Ahmadinejad's second letter is expected to be sent next week. According to the daily, the president, in an April 24 interview, said that he "will again send messages to leaders of certain world powers calling their attention to the state of the world and inviting them to imbibe the message of the Divine Prophets which happens to be also the...
  • Iranian Alert - May 17, 2006 - EU considers giving Iran a nuclear reactor

    05/17/2006 2:15:35 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 915+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 5.17.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU considers giving Iran a nuclear reactor. Yahoo News reported that European nations are considering adding a light-water reactor to a package of incentives meant to persuade Tehran to give up uranium enrichment.   China approves of the idea. The New York Times reported that China said it supported European efforts to create a new package of incentives for Iran as a way of resolving the standoff over its nuclear program. The report added that Europe would not offer Iran security guarantees against potential threats by its neighbors.   The CIA's history of over estimating the...
  • Iranian Alert - May 16, 2006 - The under reported "Achilles heel" of the Iranian Regime: Its workers

    05/16/2006 6:58:33 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 1 replies · 818+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 5.16.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The under reported "Achilles heel" of the Iranian Regime: Its workers. Amir Taheri, Arab News challenged the perception that the internal opposition to the present Iranian regime is marginal. Pointing to recent new reports, Iran's urban working class that has just started to flex its muscles. It showed its force with the biggest May Day demonstration ever seen in the Middle East. The participants made no secret of the fact that they were unhappy with the Khomeinist system as a whole.   Hitchens: Bush should speak directly to the Iranian people. Christopher Hitchens, Slate argued that...
  • Iranian Alert - May 15, 2006 - Iran preemptively says NO! to EU3

    05/15/2006 7:13:23 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 755+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 5.15.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran preemptively says NO! to EU3. Reuters reported that EU foreign ministers will meet on Monday to agree initiatives on Iran's nuclear reported that Iran's president said Sunday that any European proposal that demanded an end to his country's uranium enrichment activities would be unacceptable.   Pressure builds for direct talks with Iran. CNN News reported that Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser under former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said Sunday that the United States should open direct talks with Iran over its nuclear program.Rooz Online reported that "reformist" analysts believe the US will likely...
  • Iranian Alert - May 14, 2006 - Brzezinski rips Bush foreign policy [Jimmy's foreign advisor]

    05/14/2006 11:07:37 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 15 replies · 1,204+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 5/14/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story TheStar Zbigniew Brzezinski — former Canadian and a McGill alumnus who rose to be Jimmy Carter's national security adviser — knows a thing or two about the broader Middle East, including Iran, having lived through the American hostage crisis on his watch. I first met him in the 1980s in Pakistan while returning from Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, where he had helped initiate American support for the Afghan resistance. On cutting off aid to the Palestinians for having elected Hamas, he said: "I think the American foreign policy is mindless. "When Likud came to power in 1977, it...
  • Iranian Alert - May 13, 2006 - Chavez 'We pray to Allah for no war on Iran'

    05/13/2006 11:46:37 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 1,609+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 5/13/06 | freedom44
    Top News Story Judeoscope IRNA: Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez prays for Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Venezuela’s visiting President Hugo Chavez said here Friday Caracas supports the Islamic Republic of Iran. Vienna - Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the EU-Latin America Summit, Chavez said, "We pray to `Allah’ that no war would be launched against Iran!" The Venezuelan President added, "We believe the Iranian nation’s campaign is our own nation’s, and we ask the world countries to respect Iran’s independence." He concluded stressing, "We are on the side of the Iranian nation and pray for President Ahmadinejad." The EU-Latin America-Caribbean...