* shorter USG:
"North Korea is bad too"* froomkin:
"Later, asked if he saw a danger in the United States and Israel getting isolated in terms of world opinion, Snow said the greater danger was in the U.S. looking ineffective and losing credibility."
"People... feel safer with a sense that their leaders have aims that are intellectually coherent. It would be good for the president to demonstrate that his leadership is not just a situational hodgepodge, seemingly driven and yet essentially an inbox presidency, with a quirky tilt to the box.."
" The Republican right wing pushed its party to an extremist fundamentalism. That, in turn, created its mirror image in the fevers of the left-liberal blogosphere, which is now trying to push the Democrats to an extremist fundamentalism."
"In recent days, Georgia and Russia have accused each other of trying to start a war in the southern Caucusus. The presence of Russian peacekeeping troops in northern Georgia doesn't seem to be helping; Georgia now claims that Russia aims to annex Georgian territory.* Arkin:
All this could spell a border fight between giant Russia and tiny Georgia, undermining the struggling Tbilisi government and adding to the long list of territorial disputes around the world."
"Most important for Israel’s future security, Israel’s internally logical and successful military operation provokes hatred, while a majority of the Lebanese population and the public in the Arab world seems not only unconcerned with Hezbollah’s intentional attacks on Israeli civilians but applaud the "success.""