Some folks at Free Republic are starting a betting pool on how long “Hot” Air America (as Ralph Nader called it so memorably yesterday) lasts. Based on the reviews I’ve read, from both sides of the spectrum, it may indeed soon be “Dead Air America.”
Europhiles will hate this week’s column by VDH. He says that it’s time to throw our sixty-year-old kid out of the house and make him grow up:
In contrast, the withdrawal of Americans throughout Old Europe
It is reported that Theresa Heinz Kerry is requesting that her husband be provided with a Secret Service agent who knows how to wind surf.
Great, now when he falls in the water, he’ll have someone else to blame and vituperate.
Actually, considering Kerry’s truly favorite athletic activity, perhaps he’ll need agents who can keep up with him when he flip flops.
Bill Whittle has a new essay up, on the difference between intellectual and intelligent.
…What a brilliant point he
Herbert Meyer says that one of the reasons that we don’t have as many jobs is that we punish entrepreneurs.
Is it just me, or does the title of this post seem appropriate for the title of this NYT piece?
This, from the man who thinks that discussions of his voting record, or congressional testimony after Vietnam, are “attacks.”
Here it is.
Having served both the 42nd and 43rd Presidents, Clarke was supposed to be the most authoritative proponent to advance the Democrats’ agreed timeline of the last decade – to whit, from January 1993 to January 2001, Bill Clinton focused like a laser on crafting a brilliant plan to destroy al-Qa’eda, but, alas, just as he had dotted every “i”, crossed every “t” and sent the intern to the photocopier, his eight years was up, so Bill gave it to the new guy as he was showing him the Oval Office – “That carpet under the desk could use replacing. Oh, and here’s my brilliant plan to destroy al-Qa’eda, which you guys really need to implement right away.”
The details of the brilliant plan need not concern us, which is just as well, as there aren’t any. But the broader point, as The New York Times noted, is that “there was at least no question about the Clinton administration’s commitment to combat terrorism”.
Yessir, for eight years the Clinton administration was relentless in its commitment: no sooner did al-Qa’eda bomb the World Trade Center first time round, or blow up an American embassy, or a barracks, or a warship, or turn an entire nation into a terrorist training camp, than the Clinton team would redouble their determination to sit down and talk through the options for a couple more years. Then Bush took over and suddenly the superbly successful fight against terror all went to hell.
Richard Clarke was supposed to be the expert who could make this argument with a straight face.
With Terry Nichols’ trial opening up soon, LA Weekly reporter Jim Crogan remains on the case of linkage between OK City and the Middle East.
And I wasn’t aware that Jayna Davis is coming out with a book on the subject in a couple weeks. This could have unpredictable effects on the presidential race this fall. It certainly won’t do anything for Mr. Clinton’s legacy.