ThinkFast: April 4, 2006

Karl Rove’s White House deputy Peter Wehner takes conservatives William F. Buckley, George Will, and Francis Fukayama to task for expressing dissention from Bush’s “freedom agenda.”

In a letter to Secretary Rumsfeld, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) recommends that Lt. Gen. William Boykin — who infamously described the war on terrorism as a battle between a “Christian nation” (the United States) and “Satan,” and claimed that Muslims worship an “idol” — be promoted to lead the U.S. special operations command.

For the last seven months, the Cincinnati Enquirer has been publishing a “largely upbeat” Iraq blog called Grandma in Iraq without making clear that its author is a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose job is to “generate positive news about U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq.”

Rumsfeld’s potted plants: Despite a 1986 law urging the Joint Chiefs of Staff to speak openly, advisors say the top military officials “are caught in Credibility Gap as Rumsfeld stamps out dissent.” Said one officer: “I feel I’m working for a bunch of politicians.”

“Afghanistan’s Taliban-led insurgency is likely to worsen this year,” U.S. officials warn. Last year was “the deadliest for rebel violence since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001.”

Yesterday, Sudan’s government barred the United Nations top emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, from visiting Darfur. “We could have nightmares even worse than the horrendous situation we now have,” said Egeland. Darfur’s civil war has killed as many as 400,000 people.

In newly published portions of the pre-war Iraq memo detailed last week, President Bush suggests persuading Russian leader Putin to back the war by “sending Italian PM Berlusconi to teach Putin ‘a thing or two’ about oil and economics.”

2,700. Pages of transcripts and related documents of Guantanamo detainees released yesterday by the Pentagon. The LA Times: “Some of their stories…are harrowing.”

And finally: British lawyers build case against wigs. “Some people think it gives them more authority,” said one lawyer. “But most of us just think they’re itchy.”

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