Archive for July, 2006

Seeking forgiveness

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Bad Decisions, General Politics, Law, Legislation, News, Supreme Court, The War On Terrorism

The Bush administration, amid rebukes from Congress and the courts, is now trying to get legislation passed to authorize or indemnify themselves for much of what they’ve done in the past few years. It’s a bit like getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar, and then seeking to have stealing cookies declared retroactively […]

July 31st, 2006 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Who Lost Iraq?

By Michael Reynolds | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, The World, War

From the McClatchy newspapers: BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Bush administration’s decision to move thousands of U.S. soldiers into Baghdad to quell sectarian warfare before it explodes into outright civil war underscores a problem that’s hindered the U.S. effort to rebuild Iraq from the beginning: There aren’t enough troops to do the job. Many U.S. officials […]

July 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 12 Comments »

Mismanaging Money In Iraq

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money, War

Why do people think they can get away with this stuff? BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 29 â€â€? The State Department agency in charge of $1.4 billion in reconstruction money in Iraq used an accounting shell game to hide ballooning cost overruns on its projects there and knowingly withheld information on schedule delays from Congress, a federal […]

July 29th, 2006 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Wise Old Toddlers.

By Michael Reynolds | Related entries in Foreign Policy, News, War

There’s the criticism from the Left: Bush lied, we had no right, think of the children. In other words, bad idea from the start. There’s the criticism from the Right: Too little, too poorly planned, too stupid. In other words, good idea, screwed up by Mr. Bush. Regular readers know that I choose: B. I […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Hugo Chavez Visits Iran.

By amba | Related entries in The World, War

Today. Hugo’s 52nd birthday, his fifth visit. And Hezbollah has been active in South America for quite a while. New Axis of hostile powers coalescing. Li’l Kim, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, two out of three on or over the verge of going nuclear. Islamofascists and leftists, allied in hostility to America. Really does seem likely that Europe […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 16 Comments »

In a Nutshell, Bad Dreams

By amba | Related entries in Israel, Religion, The War On Terrorism, War

Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as their patrons, Iran and Syria, are in the vanguard of a relentless Islamist-jihadist march that challenges human values on a global scale, from Indonesia to Iraq, Lebanon to Palestine, and as far away as Chechnya and the “Mad Max” land of Somalia. The jihadists’ goal is reversing a 200-year […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| No Comments »

Round One Goes To Them.

By Michael Reynolds | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Israel, News, The War On Terrorism

Bush and Blair call for a cease fire. Remember me writing about the possibility that at some point we’d have to play the role of the buddy who pulls you out of a bar fight and lets you save face? My guess is that’s what’s happening here. I suspect the Israelis, having waffled on dealing […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

MLB’s assault on fantasy leagues

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Law, Media, Money, News, Sports

For the past eight years I’ve run a fantasy-football league for a group of friends and colleagues. It’s strictly small time: The $10-per-owner annual fee covers the cost of hosting the league, with enough left over for minor prizes: The Super Bowl winner and total points winner get their $10 back; the Super Bowl winner […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Split Decision

By amba | Related entries in Elections, General Politics, Immigration

The Democrats will be divided this fall — but so will the Republicans, according to David Broder in the Washington Post. What he calls “the Taft-Goldwater-Reagan wing of the GOP” is just as unhappy with the radical right as DLC centrists are with the Kossacks: That is why there was so much high-fiving on e-mails […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Cry the Beloved Country

By amba | Related entries in War

Michael J. Totten knows and loves Lebanon, and sees all too clearly what lies in wait for the serially war-torn country after Hezbollah and Israel break off the fight that’s destroying it: more hell. During all seven months I spent in Lebanon the overwhelming majority feared an imminent return to civil war. I always told […]

July 28th, 2006 | Permalink| No Comments »