Other tea party figures said the movement should not get bogged down in fights over which federal programs to keep or slash, including weapons programs. They prefer to stay more general in opposing government spending and deficits.
I think this is largely true, but the timing was important. Ganji's Bush quote came very early in the speech. It was unclear, to anyone unfamiliar with his thinking, whether he'd go on to praise American foreign policy or not. He went on to criticize American foreign policy, specifically as it affects the Middle East, and he got no applause. How much can we read into the reaction of a crowd from the sound of applause? Usually, a great deal, and the conversations I had after the speech bolstered my sense that Ganji's brutally frank talk surprised many people in the room. But Sanchez's caveat is worth considering.
The American Enterprise Institute has posted the text of the address given by Gen. David Petraeus upon receiving the Irving Kristol Award. It's largely fascinating, especially the part where he gives credit to the Kagan family for the "surge of ideas" that made his surge in Iraq possible.
One of the essential reads of the week is Eli Lake's "The 9/14 Presidency," an article in Reason that builds off of Lake's years of reporting to make the case that, bluster aside, President Barack Obama hasn't moved national security...