Odds and ends: Time profiles Condoleezza Rice and hails her as "the most influential Secretary of State in more than a decade." When asked about Iraq, Rice says, "It's a lot easier to see the violence and suicide bombing than to see the rather quiet political progress that's going on in parallel." But the piece also notes that Rice only "offers vagaries" about how to deal with the insurgency. Moreover, "people who know Rice say they have strained to figure out whether she has come up with [a strategy]." … U.S. News discloses that Belize, which has long been considered a haven for criminals fleeing the clutches of American law, has started cooperating much more readily with U.S. authorities. The piece profiles Thad Osterhout, a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Bureau, a diplomat "who carries a badge and a gun." Though the bureau's first job is securing the embassy and its staff, "Diplomatic Security has agents in 159 countries, and last year alone they helped return some 104 fugitives from 40 countries."—B.B.
Weekly Standard, Aug. 15
Andrew Ferguson's cover article describes the National Mall in Washington as "a vision of hell": a place at once barren, alienating, and crowded with memorials—not to mention a pitiful lack of parking. The National Capital Planning Commission reports that at the pace of current trends, the Mall could be home to 50 memorials by 2050. An associate regional park director hopes to remove all unauthorized foot and car traffic from the mall, "[j]ust like at Disneyland. Nobody drives through Disneyland. … And we've got the better theme park."… Tamar Jacoby assesses the two competing immigration bills before the Senate. Jacoby argues that despite the intense rhetoric surrounding immigration reform, a consensus is emerging that recognizes both the need for foreign workers and control over their arrival. "[F]or reasons of national security and the rule of law—we must come to terms with this shadow world," writes Jacoby. "But we cannot realistically compel 11 million [illegal immigrants] to leave the country."—L.W.