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Unclear On The Concept

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 3:26 PM

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, one Charles D. Stimson, voiced his amazement and dismay that major law firms are representing detainees terrorists, and suggested that corporations take a long hard look at the legal firms representing their interests, then decide if they also want their lawyers defending terrorists.

"I think, quite honestly, when corporate CEO's see that those firms are representing the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001, those CEO's are going to make those law firms choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms, and I think that is going to have major play in the next few weeks. And we want to watch that play out," Stimson said on a radio program.

Stimson, who is himself a lawyer, is apparently ignorant that lawyers often undertake pro bono work ��unpaid, benefit cases ��to assure that all people have access to legal representation. But Stimson apparently believes that terrorists aren't entitled to the same protections under the law as any other criminal or citizen of the United States.

And we certainly wouldn't want to enshrine them as political creatures deserving of unique treatment, right?

Another 'senior Pentagon official' was quick to dismiss Stimson's comments as not representing those of the Defense Department or its leadership.

Bob Cesca over at the Huffington Post asks why, during the exclusive interview with President Bush on CBS' 60 Minutes,, in the midst of discussing the most serious and perhaps strongly contested issue of his presidency ... Mr. Bush is smiling and laughing throughout.

Good question.

It's also been pointed out by several bloggers that President Bush has been reiterating that the New Path Forward is Entirely His Decision, and not the idea of Nouri al-Maliki, as others in the administration have stated.

And it's been suggested that the Shiite insurgents (most notably Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army) will simply pull back, tone things down for a few months, and let the Sunnis get squashed under the heel of the American military and the influx of new Iraqi forces bringing order to the streets of Baghdad.

Perhaps because comedian Stephen Colbert cut a bit too close to home in his speech at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Correspondents' Association has chosen someone far less controversial and much more mainstream to handle this year's gala.

Comedian Rich Little.

Who, for readers who don't recognize the name, is perhaps the pre-eminent vocal impersonator of the 1960's and 1970's. He was known for humorous takes on Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Johnny Carson.

I'm not so certain that move will pay out the handsome benefits the WHCA is expecting, as Little's strong suit include figures from the Vietnam era.

And, finally, a hat tip to Bindyree for this link: QWERTY Warriors.

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