Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Lying game

June 15, 2011

Allies lie.

Those words of wisdom came from outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates at a congressional hearing. “I would say based on 27 years in CIA and 4 1/2 years in this job — most governments lie to each other. That’s the way business gets done,” Gates said.

Washington Extra – One more for the road

June 14, 2011

Jon Huntsman is in. Well, technically, the Republican announced that he will announce that he is in next Tuesday.

Washington Extra – Seven up

June 13, 2011

Ready… Set… Go… And they’re off to the races for 2012. The Republicans went north. The Democrat went south.

Washington Extra – Waiting for Hugo

May 25, 2011

Grab a chair, some drinks and snacks and get ready for the show.

The United States slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil giant PVDSA for trading with Iran, a move that could worsen Washington’s already sour relations with Caracas. Now we’re waiting for President Hugo Chavez to respond.

Washington Extra – T-Paw power

May 23, 2011

Right off the starting line, Republican Tim Pawlenty is fashioning himself as the Chevy of presidential candidates. “We will not be the money champion in the race to start with. My friend, Mitt Romney, will be the front-runner in that regard,” he told NBC’s Today show. His nomination bid, he added, “may not be the BMW or the Mercedes campaign.”

Washington Extra – The choice

May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama wants the “Arab spring” to bloom.

And that means having choice. The United States supports “the right to choose your own leaders — whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus, Sanaa or Tehran,” he said in a much awaited Middle East speech.

Washington Extra – Au contraire

May 18, 2011

Who knew what when about where?

That is the persistent question about Pakistan after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found practically in the backyard of the country’s military and its capital.

Washington Extra – In pursuit

May 12, 2011

Osama bin Laden is gone, but plenty of questions remain about how the al Qaeda leader evaded an intense decade-long manhunt that ended in a dramatic U.S. raid on a house in Pakistan.

Washington Extra – Syria slap

April 29, 2011

Reuters correspondent Mark Hosenball got early word that the White House was going to slap additional sanctions on Syria including on the brother and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad.

Washington Extra – Changing hats

April 28, 2011

The national security musical chairs was made official today by President Barack Obama.