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Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare

March 25, 2009

We’re sorry, Dear, that this is so tough.

I wonder what Putin is thinking.

Those are my basic reactions to Barack Obama’s second White House press conference, March 24, 2009.

We have a long way to go.

Actually, we already know what China thinks.

Their Premier is worried about the solvency of the United States and their Ben Bernanke wants another currency — not the dollar — in reserve.

The president said just about a week ago that we needed confidence to get us out of our depression.

But how does the president himself express confidence?

With a telepromter.  And Tiny Tim Geithner.

“There were no smiles on Tuesday night, no memorable moments, no attempt by the president to capture the sense of drama or anticipation that has surrounded prime-time news conferences by prior White House occupants,” wrote Peter Wallsten for the Chicago Tribune, Obama’s home newspaper.

Wallsten also noticed something I saw: the president was speaking mostly to people who will get money from him.  This is now “Love me because I am the give away president.”

Obama as crack dealer.  That’s where we are.

Said Peter Wallsten for the Chicago Tribune: “He passed over reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, opting instead to call on correspondents from Univision, Ebony magazine and Stars and Stripes. He did call on some of the traditional networks, but he did not seem to bring any special energy to answering their questions.”

I saw this as an avoidance of tax payers and an embracing of tax money getters.

More class warfare.  Right in the White House. Or rather, all the way left in the White House.

The president was shut out last night — and not by the reporters.

He beat himself.

Pollster Frank Luntz sat with a cross-section of American voters during the news conference and had this to report.

“They want him to succeed but they don’t agree with his policies.”

Related:
President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

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From the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationw
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Washington Post writer Tom Shales still called President Obama “President Wonderful.”

But he wrote:

It looked as though Obama was hampered by a technical dislocation or two. He began with an opening statement — too long an opening statement, as it happens — but one that seemed longer because something seemed to be wrong with the prompting device, which reportedly had been relocated to the back of the room. Obama was not looking squarely into the camera the way he usually does when talking to us “folks at home.” He wasn’t making eye contact as effectively as usual; in fact his eyes looked a little blurry and weary. His delivery was also somewhat halting at times.

Yes, they are little things, the hesitancy in his speech pattern, the prompter and the president’s gaze. But the little things in a presidential appearance add up to the big thing of How He Did and whether he came out of the event in better, worse or the same shape as when he went into it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/03/24/
AR2009032403933.html

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France’s Sarkozy aims to defuse economic protests

February 15, 2009

French President Nicholas Sarkozy will try this week to defuse protests against his economic plans but talks with unions will be tough with unemployment rising, growth tumbling and Caribbean unrest threatening to spread.

More than a million people took to the streets across France two weeks ago in protest at Sarkozy’s policies, demanding pay rises and protection for jobs in the face of the downturn, and trade unions have penciled in another protest next month.

By Francois Murphy, Reuters

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) waves at spectators as ... 
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) waves at spectators as he stands next to French former ski legend Jean Claude Killy after the women’s Slalom race at the Alpine Skiing World Championships 2009 in Val d’Isere February 14, 2009.(Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

Sarkozy’s 26 billion euro ($33.6 billion) stimulus plan has focused on public spending projects such as building roads and modernizing rail links rather than helping consumers directly. Unions and the political left have called on him to change tack.

A television appearance after the protests, intended to allay public fears, only weakened Sarkozy’s support further. He will head into a meeting with unions on Wednesday under pressure to address their concerns, but room for maneuver is limited.

“The outcome of my five-year term is at stake,” newspaper Le Figaro, which is close to Sarkozy, quoted him as telling advisers in its Saturday edition.

French gross domestic product fell 1.2 percent in the last three months of 2008, its biggest drop in 34 years, as exports fell and retailers reduced their stock, and unemployment in December was 11 percent higher than a year earlier.

Increasing the pressure on Sarkozy before Wednesday’s “social summit,” the opposition Socialists have called for a 1 percentage point cut in value-added tax and a 3 percent rise in the minimum wage to give a boost to consumer spending.

CARIBBEAN TROUBLE

“France is the only country not to act massively and immediately in the direction of purchasing power, while a consensus has been established by economists on the need for such measures alongside those in favor of investment,” prominent Socialist Dider Migaud said last week.

Britain has cut its value-added tax by 2 percentage points but Sarkozy lambasted the move in his television address, saying it “brought absolutely no progress,” angering Downing Street.

Sarkozy has also said it is only worth increasing France’s public debt for stimulus measures that amount to investments for the future rather than funding consumer spending, even though that is traditionally the main driver of French growth.

He is likely to cite one of the few bright spots in last week’s GDP figures in his defense — household consumption rose 0.5 percent in the last three months of 2008, suggesting that consumers did not need further encouragement to keep spending.

But that is unlikely to sway protesters in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique which have been crippled by strikers demanding pay rises and lower food prices.

Unions and associations began the protest in Guadeloupe on January 20 demanding a 200 euro monthly rise for low-wage workers. The protest has since spread to Martinique and, to a more limited extent, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, and there are fears that it could spread to mainland France.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/2009021
5/wl_nm/us_france_sarkozy_1

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France Rejects “Obama Style” Stimulus

France Rejects “Obama Style Stimulus;” Turns Way Left

France Rejects “Obama Style Stimulus;” Turns Way Left

February 15, 2009

It couldn’t happen here, right?

Most Americans don’t care what happens in France. But the oldest country in “Old Europe” remains the Western world’s intellectual capital and one of its primary originators of political trends. (Google “May+1968+Sorbonne.”)

The French are reacting to a situation almost identical to ours–economic collapse, government impotence, corporate corruption–by turning hard left. National strikes and massive demonstrations are occurring every few weeks. How far left? This far: the late president François Mitterand’s Socialist Party, the rough equivalent of America’s Greens, is considered too conservative to solve the economic crisis.

A new poll by the Parisian daily Libération finds 53 percent of French voters (68 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds) favoring “radical social change.” Fifty-seven percent want France to insulate itself from the global economic system. Does this mean revolution? It’s certainly possible. Or maybe counter-revolution: Jean-Marie Le Pen’s nativist (some would say neofascist) National Front is also picking up points.

One thing is certain: French politics are even more volatile than the financial markets these days. In yet another indication of How Far Left?, the Communist-aligned CGT labor union is on the defensive for not being militant enough. “We’re not going to put out the blazing fires [of the economic crisis],” the CGT’s secretary general said, trying to seize the initiative by calling for another strike on February 18th. “We’re going to fan them.”

By Ted Rall
http://www.uexpress.com/tedrall/

http://integralpsychosis.wordpress.com
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n-here-could-it/

France Rejects “Obama Style” Stimulus

France’s Sarkozy aims to defuse economic protests

What we don’t know about Obama

January 22, 2009

We know a lot more about Barack Obama than we did on Election Day. He wastes little time making big decisions. He was serious about surrounding himself with seasoned people, even if they are outsized personalities likely to jostle one another and unlikely to salute on command. He intends to move quickly to put his personal stamp on government and national life. 

By Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris
Politico

Yet much about how the 44th president will govern remains a mystery—perhaps even to Obama himself.
 
The stirring rhetoric witnessed on the campaign trail and in Tuesday’s inaugural address is laced with spacious language — flexible enough to support conflicting conclusions about what he really believes.
Only decisions, not words, can clarify what Obama stands for. Those are coming soon enough. 

Until then, here are the questions still left hanging as the Obama administration begins:

DOES HE REALLY THINK AFGHANISTAN IS WINNABLE?

The new president has strongly signaled that he thinks the answer is yes. But neither his rhetoric nor his policy proposals so far have fully reckoned with the implications….

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/200901
22/pl_politico/17769

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Does Obama Really Believe in Transparency?

Ed Henry
CNN

What a long, strange trip Barack Obama’s first full day as president turned out to be.

He began the day pushing for more transparency in government, only to end it by keeping TV cameras out when Chief Justice John Roberts re-administered the oath of the presidency.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

Obama Didn’t Want Man of Knowledge and Integrity at CIA

January 7, 2009

WOULD you ask your accountant to perform brain surgery on your child? That’s the closest analogy I can find to the choice of Democratic Party hack Leon Panetta to head the CIA.

Earth to President-elect Obama: Intelligence is serious. And infernally complicated. When we politicize it – as we have for 16 years – we get 9/11. Or, yes, Iraq.

The extreme left, to which Panetta’s nomination panders, howled that Bush and Cheney corrupted the intelligence system. Well, I worked in the intel world in the mid 1990s and saw how the Clinton team undermined the system’s integrity.

Al Qaeda a serious threat? The Clinton White House didn’t want to hear it. Clinton was the pioneer in corrupting intelligence. Bush was just a follow-on homesteader.

By Ralph Peters
New York Post

Now we’ve fallen so low that left-wing cadres can applaud the nomination of a CIA chief whose sole qualification is that he’s a party loyalist, untainted by experience.

The director’s job at the CIA isn’t a party favor. This is potentially a matter of life and death for thousands of Americans. But the choice of Panetta tells us all that Barack Obama doesn’t take intelligence seriously.

Mark my words: It’ll bite him in the butt.

After the military, the intel community is the most complex arm of government. You can’t do on-the-job training at the top. While a CIA boss needn’t be a career intelligence professional, he or she does need a deep familiarity with the purposes, capabilities, limitations and intricacies of intelligence.

Oh, and you’d better understand the intelligence bureaucracy.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), who was blindsided – and appalled – by the Obama mafia’s choice, has the essential knowledge of how the system works. She, or a similar expert, should have gotten this nod. But the president-elect wanted a clean-slate yes-man, not a person of knowledge and integrity….

Read the rest:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/01072009/post
opinion/opedcolumnists/an_awful_pick_148973.htm

NBC Banning Conservatives?

January 6, 2009

NBC TV, widely criticized for its left-leaning and Pro-Obama agenda during the election campaign, has apparently continued its biased ways.

The Drudge Report is saying the the leading conservative writer Ann Coulter has been “banned from NBC.”

Coulter has a new book that is widely critical of the liberal media including NBC….

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Conservative commentator Ann Coulter watches play at the U.S. ... 
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter watches play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 4, 2006.(Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters)

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From The Drudge Report
http://www.drudgereport.com/
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The nation’s top selling conservative author has been banned from appearing on NBC, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
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“We are just not going to have her on any more, it’s over,” a top network source explains.
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But a second top suit strongly denies there is any “Coulter ban”.
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“Look for a re-invite, as soon as Wednesday,” said the news executive, who asked not to be named.

NBC’s TODAY show abruptly cut Ann Coulter from its planned Tuesday broadcast, claiming the schedule was overbooked.
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Executives at NBC TODAY replaced Coulter with showbiz reporter Perez Hilton, who recently offered $1,000 to anyone who would throw a pie at Ann Coulter.
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Hilton is also launching a new book this week, RED CARPET SUICIDE.


Above: Perez Hilton….


Paris Hilton

Coulter was set to unveil her new book, GUILTY. One network insider claims it was the book’s theme — a brutal examination of liberal bias in the new era — that got executives to dis-invite the controversialist.
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“We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now,” a TODAY insider reveals. “It’s such a downer. It’s just not the time, and it’s not what our audience wants, either.” Others inside the peacock network strongly deny the book’s theme is at issue.
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For the book, Coulter reportedly received the most-lucrative advance ever paid to a conservative author. The TODAY show eagerly invited the author months ago, for her first network interview on GUILTY. The exclusive was to air during the show’s 7 AM hour. The cut came Monday afternoon.
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Coulter was also to appear on the TODAY’s fourth hour. A host even teased the segment saying the ‘conservative pit bull and bestselling author’ would be a guest.
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NBC’s cable outlet, MSNBC, will also become a Coulter-free zone, insiders explain.
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Morning host Joe Scarborough is said to be concerned with the new ban. “He’s working to overrule it,” tips a source.

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By Paul J. Gough, Reuters

NBC News denied Monday that conservative author Ann Coulter has been banned from the network after “Today” dropped her from Tuesday’s program because of breaking-news events.

The Coulter incident garnered huge headlines on the Drudge Report, which reported that network sources said NBC was not going to allow the frequent guest to appear any more.

That’s not true, NBC News said Monday. Coulter’s segment was dropped from the schedule because of news that the show was expecting to cover in the Gaza Strip with the Israeli military action there and in Washington with the Obama transition. “Today” had booked former British prime minister Tony Blair. Coulter was to promote her new book, “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America.”

“We’ve had Ann Coulter on ‘Today’ many times, but because of the news in Washington and the Middle East, we decided to cancel her appearance tomorrow,” NBC News said in a statement Monday. “Understanding the media as well as she does, we are sure she knows this happens from time to time. We look forward to welcoming her back in the future.”

Instead, Coulter will appear on CBS’ “The Early Show” to promote her book, according to an announcement on Coulter’s Web site. It wasn’t confirmed immediately by CBS.

“I guess this ends the ‘they just want to get ratings’ argument about liberal media bias,” Coulter wrote on her site of NBC. She was scheduled to appear January 9 on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.”

Coulter has a history with NBC, particularly “Today.” She went toe-to-toe with former co-host Katie Couric in 2002, whom she called “the affable Eva Braun” in her book “Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right.” Couric protested Coulter’s portrayal of the “Today” interview with Ronald Reagan biographer Edmund Morris that called the former president “an apparent airhead.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090106/tv_nm/us_coulter_1

Who Should Be Angry With Obama?

December 23, 2008

O.K. it is still early in the Obama Administration — in fact we haven’t yet seen a swearing in.  Yet there have been plenty of appointments and pronouncements.

So who should be angry with Barack Obama thus far? 

Feminists, gays, liberals, opponents of the war, and Joe Biden, to name a few, should be fuming at the President-elect.

Some women say Obama has passed up a golden opportunity to place more seasoned and highly qualified women in his administration.

“When you are looking at a Cabinet and you have such a small number of women in the room when the big decisions are being made, there need to be a lot more women’s voices in this administration,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women. 

Bill Clinton and President Bush each had a comparable number of women in their first Cabinets, but women’s groups say they hoped for and expected more from President-elect Barack Obama.  

Some gays are unhappy too: the naming of Rick Warren to give the opening prayer at the Obama inauguration is seen as a slap in the face.

“Warren doesn’t just oppose gay marriage, he’s compared it to incest and pedophilia. He doesn’t just want to ban abortion, he’s compared women who terminate pregnancies to Nazis and the pro-choice position to Holocaust denial,” wrote Katha Pollitt  in the Los Angeles Times.

On the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama has not yet gained the confidence of many who wanted America out of war right away.

In fact, Obama has retained the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a host of Pentagon political appointees (see today’s Washington Times).

Defense Secretary Robert Gates holds a press briefing at the ...
Staying at the Pentagon: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and many others.
(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Obama seems no closer to a military withdrawal in Iraq than George Bush and he has already launched plans for 30,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Liberals say Obama is missing the message of the election by keeping the Pentagon team in place and “floating” the name of John Brennan as a possible nominee to head the CIA. 

Liberals believe the likes of Brennan are partly to blame for the world-wide loss of respect for America due to torture and other sins.

In this Sept. 21,2004 file photo, John Brennan gestures during ... 
John Brennan. AP Photo Lawrence Jackson

Finally, Joe Biden has reason to be angry at Barack Obama.  Joe Biden is the former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  And yet, President-elect Obama named him head of the White House Jobs Program this last weekend (“White House Task Force on Working Families”).

And there has been a lot of talk about a “lesser” role for the vice president.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families.

Above: Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families. He’ll have a “lesser role” than Dick Cheney, Obama spokesmen say.

A spokeswoman for the Vice President-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”

Let’s be honest, children.  The traditional role of the Vice President of the Uited Sates is to stand in the corner, go to funerals the president doesn’t want to attend and await the death of his boss.

John Nance Garner said while he was vice president that the job “wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”

That’s the traditional “lesser” role of the vice president.

By John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Realted:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/
women.cabinet/index.html

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/19
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Obama Retains Top Tier of Pentagon Political Appointees
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec
/22/obama-wants-bush-war-team-stay/

Rick Warren is an Insulting Choice
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-
pollitt22-2008dec22,0,4243781.story

Biden Promises to be a Different Vice President
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/
22/biden.lkl/index.html

Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor
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Biden: “Working Families Czar”
http://atimetochoose.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/bide
n-working-families-czar-how-appropriate/

 Obama: “Arbiter in Chief”

Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden
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Bloggers Rule! Obama CIA Pick Torpedoed
(The story of John Brennan)
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Biden:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/1
2/22/biden.economy/index.html

Readership Down in Post-Election “Malaise,” Partisans Quieter Than Normal

December 9, 2008

The inferno of internet discussion, disagreement and fact finding during almost two years of political campaigning is over.

Webmasters have noticed.  Readership is down.  And even the well known most vocal readers are, well, sleepy.

Maybe this is just an early winter malaise.

Most major newspapers are in such financial trouble that Chapter 11, outright sale and even going out of business is on the table.

Even NBC TV is in trouble.  Maybe its time to rethink the value of being “in the tank” all the time  during a political discussion.

The right is desheartened and beaten following the rather ugly John and Sarah campaign, the rather ugly Bush White House tenure and the really ugly economic downward spin.  The left is well, left victorious and — what can be said?

There is still a group of far-left disenchanteds, who are calling for Obama to take more dramatic action, nominate far-left players to the cabinet, and take charge even more — but they are slowly petering out.  Most of the key Cabinet slots are filled so Bill Ayers and John Kerry will have to return to their regular jobs after the holidays.

John Kerry

So, we are having something of a political ‘time out,” allowing Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank to grab the headlines and the YouTube glory.

Hopefully they will be pushed aside soon by real men of substance.

Related:
 Obama’ “Firesides” On The Web: Failing Fast

Liberals voice concerns about Obama

Lofty Hopes, Dreams Shattered By Politics, Terrorism, Economy, Other Realities

Obama’s Many “Number One” Priorities

Liberals voice concerns about Obama

December 8, 2008

Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.

Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.

Politico

“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn’t there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081208/pl_politico/16292

Could Obama Keep Bush CIA Director, Angering Left?

December 7, 2008

A whisper campaign among intelligence officers is rallying support for CIA Director Michael V. Hayden to continue in his post during the Obama administration, after the man widely thought to be the new president’s first choice for the job withdrew from consideration last month.

By Susan A. Carter  
The Washington Times

Hayden

Hayden

“Asking Hayden to stay on for a period of time would just make sense,” said a senior government official and Hayden supporter, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject. “Hayden has done an extraordinary job lifting the morale of the agency, and he’s been vital in the war on terror. It’s not an easy position to fill.”

President-elect Barack Obama, who is rumored to be seeking a successor for Mr. Hayden, has so far shown no indication of his plans for the CIA director, who has served since May 2006. Brooke Anderson, national security spokeswoman for the Obama transition team, declined to comment on the subject Saturday.

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

John Diamond, a veteran journalist covering the intelligence community and the author of “The CIA and the Culture of Failure,” praised Mr. Hayden for restoring CIA morale after the tenure of Porter J. Goss.

“It’s conceivable he could be a transition figure for a limited period of time while the Obama camp considers options,” Mr. Diamond said.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/
dec/07/bid-alive-to-keep-hayden-at-cia/