It’s encouraging that the
press corps is challenging George W. as the administration speaks out of both
sides of its mouth. Still he carries on with his dishonest attempt to blackmail
the press and the American people with the nonsense that whatever he does in
Iraq is being done “to protect the
troops”. Trying to leave the impression that the troops are poor set-up victims
of Monster Iraq. Sure they’re victims. But they
are victims of their president’s dishonesty. And will be even more victimized as
the Dear Leader tries to weasel an aerial attack on Iran. He can’t
invade on the ground because he’s exhausted his machine. But he can still order
a massive assault with rockets and bombs. Meanwhile the world waits with baited
breath to see if the U.S. congress can stay the hand of
this escapee from sanity.
Meanwhile, Russian president
Putin, while taking care of business throughout the Middle East, is making more
noises about drawing Syria into the Israeli-Palestinian peace
process. With Syria as one of
George W.’s targets of evil, it’s unlikely the U.S. president will pay much useful attention
given his obsession with his colossal blunder in Iraq.
Gordon, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Brookings
Institution in Washington, says the differences
in the West pale in the shadow of China’s rising as an economic and
political power. Writing in the international Herald Tribune he says
that on a wide range of global issues, Americans and Europeans are coming
together. As they do so, engaging a rising China will be
one of their greatest challenges.
As the song says, “Oh
everything is higher, it’s sure outrageous, yes every things is higher, except
my Daddy’s wages.” Hilary Rodham Clinton is quoted in this piece as
acknowledging a healthy economy but asking why increase in worker’s wages has
not kept pace.
In Moscow, Yulia
Maureen Dowd, is scathing when she writes in The Moscow Times about her president
Putin who spoke recently at a European conference about how Russia, Iran, and Syria have no
differences. What happened to “my friend George?” Yulia wants to
For those of us who want to hold
on to the belief that we’re the good guys, it’s hard to take the confirmation by
the European Union that 13 countries knowingly participated in the so-called
rendition process of illegally capturing suspects and transporting them to
countries where torture is practiced. The report condemns the CIA and the
governments of the countries that were involved. At least the unacceptable
practice has been reliably exposed.
Be sure not to miss True North Canuck Fact of the Day for
surprising news about our cherished maple leaf. And then there’s the sage
comment by our Doctor of Punology.
Take it easy, but take it.