Bob Woodward's War

[amazon 1439172498 full]There's something a little odd about seeing Bob Woodward's new book on the Obama administration, which is available today, being discussed in a front page article in the Washington Post, the newspaper where Woodward serves as associate editor. But then again, Woodward occupies a kind of totemic position in Washington, DC. The appearance of a tome by him is a chance for administration officials to settle scores, point fingers, and offer their own spin.

A Glimpse into Israeli Priorities

Israel, and American supporters of Israeli policies, have described the construction of Israeli settlements in occupied territory in various ways intended to portray Palestinian and (during the brief period it lasted) U.S. insistence on stopping the construction as an unreasonable imposition of preconditions for negotiations.

The FBI's Bungling

One of the hallmarks of the Bush administration, allegedly devoted to small government, was that it relentlessly expanded state surveillance and power. A fresh instance has come to light with the publication of a report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.