Similarly, anyone who criticized Daschle's obstructionism should check what they said when Republicans were obstructing. Consistent dedication to procedure over substance is foolish, but at least credible.
Saturday, January 19, 2002
I attended a lecture yesterday on American foreign policy that consisted of nothing but anti-American insinuations and repeated claims that our days as a great power were numbered. In the course of an hour-long talk he mentioned only three actual events in US history -- the Vietnam War, Watergate, and McCarthyism -- and found time to work each of those in four or five time. It was disgusting.
Thursday, January 17, 2002
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Rubin was, in essence, conning his employer. Citigroup was paying him, presumably handsomely, under the false impression that he was willing to trade on his former position on their behalf. And all they got was good government!That seems possible to me. Maybe.
Monday, January 14, 2002
I'm not sure I'm qualified to review this book. Starting on Page 209, there is a chart of the top 100 public intellectuals for the years 1995-2000. I'm all the way down at No. 85, whereas Richard A. Posner, the man whose work I'm supposed to be evaluating, is up at No. 70. It's true that on paper I should be able to satisfy reader demand better than those poor saps who are mired in the 90's (Noam Chomsky, James Q. Wilson, David Frum, William Butler Yeats and Lani Guinier). But there's just no way I'm going to be able to offer the kind of intellectual firepower you would get from, say, the big brains at rankings 72 through 76 (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Lillian Hellman, Ann Coulter, David Horowitz and Albert Camus).Frankly, based on what I've read this book alone should be grounds for impeachment.
Kandahar's Pashtuns have been notorious for their homosexuality for centuries, particularly their fondness for naive young boys. Before the Taleban arrived in 1994, the streets were filled with teenagers and their sugar daddies, flaunting their relationship.I hope Sullivan comes up with something about this.
Proof? Hardly, and even if it were true it's not clear what it would mean, but interesting scuttlebut -- methinks yes.
Marshall also mentions the surprise disappearance of House Majority Leader Dick Armey, also of Texas.
Sunday, January 13, 2002
To this, a reasonable person might say, "so what," but not CNN.com or the Royal family.
They sent the kid to a rehab clinic -- for Marijuana! -- it seems that he'd "experimented" with the stuff "over a two-month period." Sounds like a guy with a major problem to me.
The story also contains this bizarre paragraph:
Clive Goodman, of the News of the World, told CNN: "These were were no usual teenage high spirits. This was a young lad drinking under age ... taking pot, which is illegal.". If memory of my teenage years serves (and it was only six months ago) that sounds exactly like "usual teenage high spirits."
Needless to say, even though they're going way harder on the poor prince than they should, he's getting off much easier than a poor person stuck in the same situation would.
I think that this is the time to relax and just make sure nothing terrible happens.
Mr. Summers is bringing strong leadership back to Harvard, and the university, used to passive, politically correct administrators, is scared.How right he is. The only question is: Will Summers tame the beast, or will it tame him?
This is a travesty. Afghanistan needs a quick infusion of cash. (Maybe the Muslim world, which was so worried about Afghan civilians when America was bombing here, could send some cash now that the bombing is over and people need to eat?)Anyone think the rich Gulf oil sheikhs will do it? Anyone think they'll give money to help alleviate poverty in the West Bank or Gaza? I don't think so. Anyone think money will come pouring in for extremist mosques and hate groups? Unfortunately, I think the answer will clearly be "yes" unless the administration can bring itself to put its love of cheap gas aside and go after the Saudis. Iraq is neat, but it's really something of a sideshow.
Where he goes wrong is in predicting some kind of disaster should we fail to do these things. A long war, he says, could become a battle of Islam vs. the West, but there's no reason to think that a war against Iraq would be long, and the West could beat Islam in a war. Why would the Muslims of the world even try to take us on? Maybe they're just that crazy -- I personally don't think so -- but if they all want to kill us, then we'll just have to kill them all. No one should be needlessly antagonized, but there's no need for us to be paralyzed with fear.
It's one thing for Will to believe in conservative politics, but it's another thing altogether to participate in the White House-ordered demonization of Tom Daschle just in order to improve the Republicans' chances in 2002. A journalist should be an advocate for what he believes in, but he should do it honestly. To think that Will is supposed to be the "intelligent" rightwing pundit.
Everyone in the universe not named "Ralph Nader" knows what would have happened. A smaller tax cut focused mainly on "targeted" tax credits that phase out at high income levels. I suspect that the libertarianish sentiments of the blogging community will lead most readers to think that that would have been a bad thing. I think it would have been a good thing. Either way, it takes a strange sort of dementia to think that it just doesn't matter.
Pat Buchanan, on the other hand, seems to suffer from two different all-too-common forms of dementia. On the one hand he's got a blame America first view of terrorism, and on the other a racist and comically ill-informed attitude toward trade and immigration. I can't believe I used to agree with him on the latter two, but in my defense, I was only seventeen.