As you know, while Eric's off on a fact-finding mission to Guantanamo, Kashmir, and other global hotspots vacationing in Costa Rica, he's asked me to share with you the pearls of wisdom regarding national security and international affairs that frequently fall onto my keyboard. It's a personal thrill for me, naturally, and now all I need to do to complete my long-dreamed-of trifecta of wonkdom is get a slot at TPMCafe and finally convince the Washington Monthly to accept my pitch about the misuse of federal funds at the Civilian Marksmanship Program. I'll be light today and tomorrow, since Eric thoughtfully dumped this on me at the last moment and I have an actual paying gig that demands my attention. But next week I promise I'm all yours. Oh, and I will never, ever write anything about the Lakers. So let's get started, shall we?
ATLANTA, Sept. 27 -- Ashley Smith, the woman who says she persuaded suspected
courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to release her by talking about her faith,
discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage
Smith did not share that detail with authorities at the time. But
investigators said she came clean about the drugs when they interviewed her
months later. They said they have no plans to charge her with drug
In her book, "Unlikely Angel," released Tuesday, Smith says Nichols
bound her on her bed with masking tape and an extension cord. She says that he
asked for marijuana, but that she did not have any, and that she dug into her
illegal stash of crystal meth instead.
The Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson issued a statement today
apologizing for his televised remarks calling for the assassination of
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
"Is it right to call
for assassination?" he said in the statement. "No, and I apologize for
that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the
man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."
But Mr. Robertson
was far from apologetic on his television show today, instead insisting
that he had been been "misinterpreted" by The Associated Press and that
he had never used the word "assassination."
"I said our special
forces should 'take him out.' 'Take him out' could be a number of
things, including kidnapping," Mr. Robertson told his audience on the
show "The 700 Club" today.
The video from Monday's telecast, easily available on the internet,
shows Mr. Robertson saying of the Venezuelan president: "If he thinks
we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go
ahead and do it.