Wed. 8/29: Alberto Gonzales is Quitting

Iraq and Vietnam – last week President Bush argued that we should stay in Iraq to avoid what he called “the tragedy of Vietnam.” The president said “one unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens, whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like ‘boat people,’ ‘re-education camps’ and ‘killing fields,.’” NYU history prof. MARILYN YOUNG will comment – she’s co-editor of the new book Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam: Or, How Not to Learn From the Past.

Plus: ALBERTO GONZALES IS QUITTING – to spend more time spying on his family. “Domestic surveillance begins at home,” the A.G. said (according to Andy Borowitz). JOHN NICHOLS of The Nation says we still need to investigate the firings of eight US attorneys, who were “seen by the administration as insufficiently political in their investigations and prosecutions.”

Matt BaiAlso: The Democrats’ argument about strategy for 2008: MATT BAI of the New York Times Magazine followed four progressive groups opposed to “Clintonism” – MoveOn, the bloggers led by, the Howard Dean movement, and the billionaires’ group that includes George Soros. Matt’s new book is The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics.

More stuff to read: my review of Matt Bai in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, August 12.
my new piece at, “Iraq: ‘Worst Day Since Vietnam’ for Hawaii.”