"Columbia U's Michael Roston says President Bush may use a presidential signing statement issued last year to authorize payment of a salary to UN ambassador John Bolton even after a second recess appointment."oh jeebus.
"Terrorism is deeply misunderstood when it attracts metaphors like war: a war is a program to cause a unitary decisionmaker to take specific actions of which he is capable, such as surrender, acceptance of occupation, division of a territory, and the like. The war metaphor entails a bunch of nice associated values like courage and determination, but it completely misrepresents a task like coping with terrorism (or drugs). Terrorism is a condition of ongoing risk that is much better approached with the metaphors of preparedness, planned response, and containment that we use for natural disasters than those of war or anything like it. It's a risk that has to be managed, and for a long time, no matter that its agents hate us or offend our gods or won't play fair (though getting these insights right has some predictive value). Would we deal with the San Andreas fault differently if we discovered the geology of California really disliked humans and buildings?
Democrats have to do what they have to do to get elected by a voting population profoundly misinformed and alienated by a ghastly alliance of willful ignorance, greed, power mania, and prejudice. It's not fair, but that's how it is. But they should be careful not to paralyze their time in power with dysfunctional commitments to make water flow uphill, even if voters and columnists desperately want to hear something soothing."
"A lot more is needed today than getting out of Iraq.
If the Democrats had their way, and the "war" against terrorism were just accelerated in Afghanistan and Pakistan, my guess is that "it" would become the new "cause celebre." The "war" against terrorism is the problem at this point, as is our simplistic view of ourselves and what we are fighting.
"Chavez and Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speak for a huge segment of world opinion and we dismiss their histrionics at our peril.
The perfunctory U.S. response to Chavez, moreover, shows how out-to-lunch we are. I just hope somewhere deeper in the U.S. government, people are pondering why and how it is that we have ended up in such a worse position vis a vis much of the world five years after September 11, 2001.
Hugo Chavez’s speech yesterday at the United Nations should put to rest the notion that American -- and the West -- faces radical Islam or “terrorism” as its main enemy.
Venezuela, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Bolivia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon. Etcetera. Etcetera. Something ties all of these countries together and it isn’t their “evil” or an insatiable appetite for nuclear weapons or “terrorism.”
At this point, our simplistic view of these nations and their people, and our selected pursuit of a military-only war when we know that it is not all that is needed is as much a part of the problem.
When will we stop and see the light?"