June 13, 2013 |
There were two surprising things about Hillary Clinton's first tweet . Clinton broke her Twitter silence this week with this bio: "Wife, mom, lawyer, women and kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD . . . . " A photo by Diana Walker showing a serious-looking Clinton in black and looking at her Blackberry through dark glasses is her avatar. What's surprising is that the photograph belies her tweet.
April 18, 2013 |
Terrorism is speech — speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. The 19th-century anarchist Paul Brousse called it "propaganda by deed. " Accordingly, the Boston Marathon attack , the first successful terror bombing in the United States since 9/11, was designed for maximum effect. At the finish line there would be not only news cameras but also hundreds of personal videos to amplify the message. But what message? There was no claim of responsibility, no explanatory propaganda.
June 10, 2013 |
Her Twitter followers signed up fast, almost 1,000 of them a minute, to see what she had to say. And Hillary Rodham Clinton, debuting on the social-media site Monday with a biography identifying her as a "hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker," kept them guessing. The end of her bio read: "TBD . . . " To be determined. Perhaps no figure in American political life has surfaced on Twitter quite the way Clinton did. But none shares her position...
May 21, 2013 |
The controversy over the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault. It was at this informal session with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the ranking Democrat asked David H. Petraeus, who was CIA director at the time, to ensure that committee members did not inadvertently disclose classified information when talking to the news media about the attack. "We had some...
May 7, 2013 |
Republican lawmakers, who have spent months seeking to tie President Obama to last year's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, are increasingly focusing their probe on a new target: former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. The GOP-led investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, assaults that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others now centers heavily on the State Department and whether officials there deliberately misled the public...
November 9, 2012 |
In the new James Bond thriller, "Skyfall," the villain is a cyberterrorist named Raoul Silva, a disgruntled former British agent who's trying to crash the digital universe. It's a nice touch, creating a very real, very terrifying scenario that "could paralyze the nation," as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned just last month. And that is about the only aspect of the movie that is likely to be accurate. Don't get me wrong — I'm a fan of the Bond movies. I go to see them for...