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May 17, 2004
POLITICS/WAR: Linkmania 5/17/04
Time to dump out a bunch of links I'd accumulated but won't have time upon which to blog:
*Where else in the world but the U.S. is it a "coverup" if you announce an investigation in a press release posted on the internet? Also: if the problem with Abu Ghraib is humiliation, isn't that multiplied by airing the pictures? I mean, the media won't publish the names of rape victims, but it will show this? And this picture about says it all on the President's reaction to this story.
*Michael Barone thinks it's 1988 again. Read the whole thing.
*Too good to be true? Vodkapundit sees hope for the end of EU farm subsidies.
*Boston Globe on blogs; the key point here is the fact that blogs are all about the print media, and can miss out on the significance of events that are especially TV-centric.
*Missing hijacker? Nelson Ascher takes this with a grain of salt, and you should too, but it's an intriguing one.
He has no idea why George Tenet still runs the CIA. "I think he must have some negatives somewhere," McCain says, meaning photo negatives.
McCain is that rarest of creatures, a genuine maverick. Guys like him usually wind up just being in the wrong party, like Arlen Specter or Zell Miller. But McCain is, on some issues, as conservative as they come, and on others he is frankly quite liberal. But wherever he sets his sails, he never trims them.
*Interesting NYT Magazine profile of Bill Richardson, who the WSJ Political Diary says has been ruled out of Kerry's veepstakes on account of "indiscretions involving women." The profile paints him, without saying so, as being very personally similar to Bush: a retail gladhander, short on details but long on the ability to read people and get deals done. Annoying: NYT refers to Los Alamos solely as a PR problem. Most off-message quote: "I've seen the Republicans' Spanish ads. They're good.'" This doesn't fit the Dems' endless mantra that Republicans could never possibly communicate with 'minority' communities.
[T]he audience fears it has seen this movie before. Those of us born before 1960 get a sick feeling --it cannot be happening again, can it? Not after 9/11? The last time it was harder to see the consequences of retreat --the boat people, the Cambodian holocaust-- but not this time. This time retreat means death on these shores and in large, possibly overwhelming numbers. They came close to destroying the government less than three years ago, and Kennedy's outrage is unreported?
(Link via Instapundit).
[E]ven if Papa Khadr did turn out to be a big A-list al-Qaeda guy, M Chretien personally intervening to get him sprung from jail in Pakistan so he could resume his, ah, "charity work" still "sends the right message" about what a multicultural society we are. We're so multicultural we'll let you choose which side of the war you want to be on. And, when M Chretien told Mr Khadr's son that "once I was a son of a farmer, and I became Prime Minister. Maybe one day you will become one", that too "sent the right message" - that in Canada anyone can grow up to be Prime Minister, as long as they're from Quebec.
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Canada . . . is less an exception to every rule than a guy who's holding the rule-book upside down. It's a big country in an age of ever smaller states. It's a big country with a querulous regional minority not on the distant horizon - as the Basques are to Madrid or Northern Irish nationalists are to London - but a querulous regional minority the subvention of whom is the governing principle of the state.
Read the whole thing, if you can (registration required).