Some thoughts. Israel will always be in a no-win situation in terms of public opinion, because much of the world will never see a Jewish liberal democracy in the Middle East as legitimate. So they might as well do what they need to to survive, and to hell with what those fascists think.
Of course, be sure to read Walter Russell Mead’s piece as well.
Moron. I hadn’t realized before how completely lacking in class he was.
[Update a few minutes later]
More thoughts from Jay Nordlinger.
I like it a lot better than the original. Of course, I thought the original sucked.
Clark Lindsey has a summary.
[Late afternoon update]
Apparently, the range has finally signed off on the Flight Termination System, so they’re good to go tomorrow.
Gordon Young is trying to fund some reporting of one of our premiere post-industrial cities (and my home town). It’s sad to see how far it’s fallen from my childhood days.
..and men. Paul Breed says there’s a lesson about robotics to be learned from the oil leak (no, it’s not a “spill”).
The “sustainable agriculture” movement is senselessly starving people.
It’s now less than forty-eight hours until their first opportunity, at 8 AM Pacific. On later flights, when they have to go to ISS, they’ll have a tight launch window (ten minutes more or less, depending on how much performance margin they have), but for the first couple flights at least, there’s no target they’re aiming at in space, so they can go any time within the window provide by the range (four hours, I think, on each day). As Clark notes, while I won’t be surprised if they’re successful (nor will I be surprised if they’re not, on this first launch), I will be surprised if they actually launch at 8 AM on Friday. I suspect that they’ll be operating on a hair trigger when it comes to anomalies that can delay them. There is a lot riding on success (and for those defending the old regime, a lot riding on their failure).
Will it work in the Gulf? I don’t know, I haven’t read it yet, and I probably still won’t know even after I do. But I link, you decide.