Lucianne: "Could Di and Teddy Forstmann have been looking for mines in the Hampton dunes ..."
Loose End: How did the Brits find out about the decade-old spying, if there was spying? Wouldn't the U.S. government have to tell them? But why would the Bush administration want to possibly make public this info ... oh, right.
Coincidence? In the news this very day:"Hillary delays decision on 2008 bid" .... OK, I agree. Now I am going mad. ...
12/12 Update: Byron York discusses whether, if the Brit stories are true, the Clintonites coulda, shoulda, woulda gotten a warrant--but he notes "British press accounts can be notoriously unreliable." ... 10:27 P.M. link
Did the pessimistic Tom Ricks get it wrong about Ramadi? That's what a less-pessimistic Michael Fumento says, and he seems to have a point (though WaPo's latest piece from Ramadi isn't quite as "upbeat" as I'd expected after reading Fumento's blog.). ... [via Insta] 12:07 A.M.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Was that such a "dressing down" that Robert Rubin got from the Dobbsy Democratic House caucus? Republican Influence Peddler says it was, echoing hortatory spin from Dem populist David Sirota ("a VERY encouraging sign for progressives") that's so flimsy even Sirota's vaguely embarrassed by it. ... Was an incoming Indiana Democrat with a Delphi plant in his district not going to ask Rubin about outsourcing? That seems like a normal question Rubin has to be prepared to answer. ... If Sirota really is this gullible--impressed with standard Congressional posturing--maybe it will be easier to thwart the resurgent House "progressives" than it seemed a month ago. ... 11:38 P.M.
O.K., everybody gang up on Mookie! A crude summary of the latest Iraq gambit. Makes a certain amount of sense, no? a) Sadr's Mahdi Army seems to be behind much of the anti-Sunni sectarian thuggery; b) the Shiite Badr brigades are Sadr's rivals; and c) perhaps Iran, if it's really worried about Iraqi instability, could help persuade the Badr forces to assist in stopping the anti-Sunni cleansing. ... Add: And of course the U.S. forces are now itching to go after Sadr, according to Bing West. ... But kausfiles awaits the judgment of others who know more. ... 10:37 P.M.
The Case Against Opinion Journalism: Here's the Los Angeles Times' front page headline over Tracy Wilkinson's Dec. 2 story on the Pope's visit to Turkey--
Pontiff strikes right tone
Is that a fact? Isn't there anyone who thinks it was the wrong tone? I always knew that when the LAT finally abandoned objective journalism and started flinging around words like "right" and "wrong" it would be in order to promote only the most pompous, CFR-approved positions. Just because it's opinion journalism doesn't mean it's interesting! ... P.S.: Did I miss something--did Eli Broad buy the paper already? [Tks to reader G.M.] ...