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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
 

WSJ Pentagon legal advice memo online - also Josh Marshall on Kerry foreign policy


The memo is online (PDF) at the WSJ site, and, I suspect a good many places besides (each in the same, incomplete, form). There are, I believe, several pieces of government paperwork on the subject of the law relating to torture, presidential powers and the like: this report is headed Working Group Report on Detainee Interrogations in the Global War on Terrorism: Assessment of Legal, Historical, Policy and Operational Considerations, marked as a draft and dated March 6 2003.

The link I found on Marshall's blog, looking to see when his piece in the Atlantic Monthly might have hit the site (one might expect the blogosphere to have given a Big Media piece by one of its own a little more attention than it seems to have done to date). On June 2, he describes it as soon-to-be-released.

The piece, Kerry Faces the World, boasts a dek not altogether borne out by what I've read so far of the text:What would a John Kerry foreign policy look like? In some ways a lot like one the current President's father could endorse

Some of the names he canvasses seem rather like PNAC: The Next Generation to me: Kenneth Pollack, for instance:
author of The Threatening Storm, an influential book that argued for regime change in Iraq and was frequently cited by Republicans during the buildup to the invasion...Pollack, Asmus, and another key Kerry adviser - the former State Department official Greg Craig - signed a manifesto titled "Progressive Internationalism: A Democratic National Security Strategy"...

a forceful document I thought I'd mentioned, but don't appear to.

When I've read the Marshall piece, I'll come back to it.


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