Archive: Revolving Door

The Generals and the Candidates

A Who's Who List of which generals are supporting which presidential candidates (at least so far).

By William M. Arkin | August 31, 2007; 06:59 AM ET | Comments (62)

Libby as Metaphor for Washington Dining, Whining and Slithering

The partisan anti-Bush interpretation of the guilty verdict for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is that the president and vice president would equally be found guilty of perjury in a court of law for the "lies" they told the American people...

By William M. Arkin | March 7, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (76)

Is the War on Terror a Global Counterinsurgency?

How did counterinsurgency come to take on an almost positive sheen? After three years of fighting without any real direction or purpose in Iraq, the term is meant to be almost a good thing and a big light bulb of...

By William M. Arkin | March 5, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (47)

America Needs a Few Good Civilians

The White House announcement last week that it was nominating Dell L. Dailey of South Dakota to be the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism immediately caught my attention. Dailey, who is hardly a household figure, is famous in the world...

By William M. Arkin | February 20, 2007; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (41)

Wasting Time on Princess Di

I don't know which is more embarrassing or more damaging: the Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum planned for Oklahoma, or the news that the NSA eavesdropped in on Princess Diana's communications right before she died. I couldn't care less...

By William M. Arkin | December 11, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (34)

The Role of Military Men in Politics

With national security dominating the American political scene, it was only a matter of time before we began to see men in uniform increasingly appearing on the national stage. Two of the most prominent, retired Vice Admiral Joseph A. Sestak...

By William M. Arkin | October 19, 2006; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (33)

Understanding the Revolving Door

My hat's off to Eric Lipton and The New York Times for the revolving door series, started yesterday.  Amongst other regrets and missed opportunities in writing this blog over the past year, I regret not writing more about this...

By William M. Arkin | June 19, 2006; 08:31 AM ET | Comments (13)

Tommy Franks: Paid Patriot

Retired Gen. Tommy Franks -- nominee to be czar of just about everything; Midland, Texas high school graduate one year ahead of First Lady Laura Bush; Republican Convention speaker; Presidential Medal of Freedom wearer and frequent public reader of the...

By William M. Arkin | October 20, 2005; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (71)


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