Monster of the Day #1365
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JustOneMinute: The Great Equalizer: "The same folks who can read the Constitution and Bill of Rights and find an unassailable right to abortion and gay marriage can't find a right to possession of a firearm."
Cheer up. We're winning this War on Terror | Gerard Baker - Times Online: "And yet the evidence is now overwhelming that on all fronts, despite inevitable losses from time to time, it is we who are advancing and the enemy who is in retreat. The current mood on both sides of the Atlantic, in fact, represents a kind of curious inversion of the great French soldier's dictum: “Success against the Taleban. Enemy giving way in Iraq. Al-Qaeda on the run. Situation dire. Let's retreat!”"
Commentary » Blog Archive » Re: Klein and Sullivan: "Andrew Sullivan tries to put the best face possible on Joe Klein’s venom by stating that all Klein did was point out “the increasingly obvious fact that the Iraq war was in part launched to assist Israel (even though many Israelis were against it).” But of course that’s not what Klein did at all– he singled out Jews and accused them of not acting in their country’s interests but at the behest of a foreign power, Israel. What’s more, he didn’t have the intellectual honesty to say that he was making that accusation — it was just coming up, you see. You can dress it up any way you please or try to excuse it however you like, but it is the same anti-Semitic tripe that is recycled century after century."
Dodd Deserves Financial Scrutiny -- Courant.com: "When Christopher Dodd is in the room, it's a rare occasion when he's not one of the smartest people there."
I don't suppose that I could prevail upon the Obama campaign to stop pissing off Canada? | Redstate: "*Yes, feel free to argue that because the money's not obvious, the influence isn't there. The curious combination of naive political virginity and ruthless enforcement of goodthinking is one of the most entertaining aspects of the standard online Obama supporter."
Hillary as a Third Party Candidate?
By Susan Estrich
Say it ain't so Joe. I mean, Hillary.
I don't believe it. But my friends in Obama-land, the place where all good Democrats are, or are heading to, are worried.
The concern is that Hillary could take a page from the book of one Joe Lieberman, once and former good Democrat, and decide that having lost out on his party's nomination to someone he couldn't see winning a general election, the better option (for him) was to run himself in the fall. Which he did. And won. Beating the liberal Democrat who had beaten him in the primary.
Of course, in Lieberman's case, it was his senate seat, which had been his for some time, in a state where he'd been winning for some time, in a contest where the fate of the Supreme Court, the federal courts, the environment, the right to choose, and a few other things like that didn't hang in the balance.
Could Hillary be planning to run as a third party candidate, to try to find the space between McCain and Obama, and fill it, and do what no one has done before at the national level?
It's not in my bailiwick, so maybe I'm missing something, but why is anyone even considering this cap-and-trade nonsense rather than a carbon tax? They're both taxes, except that a carbon tax doesn't give the government huge new powers over the means of production,.... Mark Krikorian (who I normally think is a moron but he's got this one)
After stampeding our country to war with Iraq on fabricated evidence, George Bush allowed a terrible mistake to become an even more terrible catastrophe through lack of leadership----and five years later we are still no closer to an honorable solution.
The "Bush Tax Cuts" trumpeted as a cure-all for our economy have drained our treasury and weakened our dollar--- even as home foreclosures for middle-class Americans soar along with our federal deficit.
George Bush, Dick Cheney and their backers in the Senate have fought endlessly to avoid making the hard choices necessary to address global warming --- and have increased our dependence on foreign oil and dirty coal.
The simple truth is we must not only win the White House, we must defeat those senators who have done almost as much damage as George Bush and Dick Cheney. They have been enablers for the administration. They have even turned a blind eye to torture and warrantless wiretapping of American Citizens
Eighteen American soldiers died in May, the lowest total of the war and an 86 percent drop from the 126 who died in May 2007.
If the positive trends continue, proponents of withdrawing most U.S. troops, such as Mr. Obama, might be able to responsibly carry out further pullouts next year. Still, the likely Democratic nominee needs a plan for Iraq based on sustaining an improving situation, rather than abandoning a failed enterprise. That will mean tying withdrawals to the evolution of the Iraqi army and government, rather than an arbitrary timetable; Iraq's 2009 elections will be crucial. It also should mean providing enough troops and air power to continue backing up Iraqi army operations such as those in Basra and Sadr City. When Mr. Obama floated his strategy for Iraq last year, the United States appeared doomed to defeat. Now he needs a plan for success.