Year: 2006


3,000…. When it comes to Saddam Hussein’s execution, the word of the day, Joshua Holland notes, is “milestone.” As in Bush’s statement marking Saddam’s death: “Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and… Read more »

Lugar: ‘This could get ugly’

LUGAR: ‘THIS COULD GET UGLY’…. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been surprisingly willing to break with the Bush White House on foreign policy and national security issues, far more than one might expect for a conservative Republican from a reliably “red” state. Lugar, for example, was… Read more »

The state of football

THE STATE OF FOOTBALL…. Because it’s a big weekend for football, and because Kevin routinely does at least one football-related item on weekends, I thought it’d be worth mentioning that ran an interesting feature the other day: “How do the states stack up across all levels of football?” The idea was to rank the… Read more »

Rock Of Ages, Ages Of Rocks

ROCK OF AGES, AGES OF ROCKS…. An interesting controversy at the Grand Canyon has been percolating for three years now, and the issue, unfortunately, remains unresolved. First, a little background. In August 2003, the National Park Service approved a creationist text, “Grand Canyon: A Different View,” to share bookshelves with legitimate books at park bookstores… Read more »

Beholden to Big Oil

BEHOLDEN TO BIG OIL…. If I didn’t know better, I might just think the Bush administration is a little too cozy with the oil industry. The Justice Department is investigating whether the director of a multibillion-dollar oil-trading program at the Interior Department has been paid as a consultant for oil companies hoping for contracts. The… Read more »

Military Times poll

MILITARY TIMES POLL…. A couple of days ago, the AP reported on dozens of interviews with soldiers of the Army’s 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, which patrols the streets of eastern Baghdad, and learned that most of those seeing the conflict up close are discouraged, dejected, and ready to leave. As informative as the piece… Read more »

Even in death

EVEN IN DEATH…. Even the way in which Saddam was executed played into the sectarian conflict that’s tearing Iraq apart. The tribunal…had a unique sense of timing when choosing the day for Saddam’s hanging. It was a slap in the face to Sunni Arabs. This weekend marks Eid al-Adha, the Holy Day of Sacrifice, on… Read more »

Saddam execution hours away

SADDAM EXECUTION HOURS AWAY…. There were competing reports throughout the day about when, exactly, Saddam Hussein would be executed, but it now appears that the former dictator will be hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, before 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET). The official witnesses to Saddam Hussein’s impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad’s… Read more »

A side of Rice

A SIDE OF RICE…. With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice having two years under her belt, now’s a good time to step back and consider her overall job performance. David Millikin makes the case that Rice has “few diplomatic successes to show for her efforts and fewer signs she plans to change course to improve… Read more »

Bucking Rubinomics

BUCKING RUBINOMICS…. Last week, Paul Krugman offered the incoming Democratic majority some advice: do not place deficit reduction at the top of the priority list. As Krugman explained, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin helped convince the party in the 1990s that deficit reduction was key to fiscal and budgetary policy. At the time, in the… Read more »