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Arguing Over Iraq
January 11, 2007

I see another blog fight is brewing. I was waiting for somebody to drag me in, but since that isn't happening, I'll just jump in anyway. Jason writes to defend those of us who aren't certain about what to do in Iraq. As Jason puts it: I can't help but thinking that it was certainty--on the part of supporters of the war--that got us into this mess.

Profiles In Political Courage
January 11, 2007

By way of the Corner, but mysteriously absent from the home page of his exploratory committee, here's Giuliani's take on Bush's speech (bold added): STATEMENT FROM RUDY GIULIANI ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH ON IRAQ "Success or failure in Iraq is not a matter of partisan politics but a matter of national security. All Americans should be hoping, praying and offering constructive advice for the success of our troops in Iraq and for those Iraqis seeking to create a stable and decent government. In that spirit, I support the President's increase in troops. Even more importantly

What Is Brownback Up To?
January 11, 2007

Probably the most interesting surge-related development on the right comes courtesy of Sam Brownback. Brownback, you'll recall, is the evangelical-cum-Catholic angling to become the conservative alternative to John McCain. Up until the last few months, he was a pretty reliable supporter of the war in Iraq. But he's since concluded that the war has taken a disastrous turn, and he's become more and more willing to call the administration on it. This all culminated with this week's statement that, "I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer. ...

Blind Justice
January 11, 2007

Lest debate over the surge cause Congress to take its eye off the truly important things, Republican Senator Kit Bond of Missouri introduced S.247 yesterday. Its title: A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 555 Independence Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the "Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. United States Courthouse". Rush Limbaugh Courthouse?! Evidently Rush Jr--the one of reptilian radio fame--was born to a prominent Missouri lawyer who practiced until his death, at 104, in 1996. But still: the Rush Limbaugh Courthouse?!

Yet Another Blog Fight
January 11, 2007

Now Yglesias has truly crossed the line. It's one thing to deem me morally unserious and then lump me in with Joe Klein; it's another matter entirely to slight Raymond Felton and Sean May. He writes: Acquiring players because of real or imagined fan appeal -- especially when said appeal is based on the player's former status as an amateur -- is the management strategy of the damned (see also Charlotte Bobcats). . . .

In Today's Web Magazine
January 11, 2007

Michael Crowley criticizes Democrats' poker faces; Peter Beinart watches the White House screw John McCain one last time; Nathan Glazer eulogizes the sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset; Noam Scheiber explains why cities don't declare bankruptcy even when it's in their self-interest; and Will Marshall counsels the Democrats not to cut off funding for the troop surge. --Adam B. Kushner

Gwfh Hearts Gwb
January 10, 2007

by Eric Rauchway The man on horseback, preferably wearing a closely tailored uniform, stalks the annals of humankind. He garners followers, many of whom believe that he stands not only for himself and his faction but for History--that greatness means embodying the logic of progress and pressing it forward. In the theories of Thomas Carlyle or G. W. F. Hegel, such men qualify as heroes, as History's Great Men. Today Scott McLemee asks, "Is George W.

More Trouble For The Church
January 10, 2007

And more light on the new and fast brewing scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. No, not the one about priests diddling little boys. But the one about clergy in the Polish church having collaborated with the Communist political police and informed on other clergy who adhered to Catholicism's honorable stance of non-cooperation and, in fact, resistance. Craig S.

Terrorism, Cont'd
January 10, 2007

Poor Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. He thought he had a cease fire with ETA, which Elaine Sciolini calls in this morning's Times, "[T]he armed Basque separatist organization." It is, of course, the armed Basque terrorist organization. But, never mind. Zapatero was working on the assumption that ETA and Spain were both on a sure path to peace. Alas, then ten days ago, a bomb attack at Barajas airport killed two people and injured some two dozen others.

Trouble In Lebanon
January 10, 2007

Hassan M. Fattah, who wrote occasionally for TNR, is now in Lebanon, and I almost always learn from him. His "Beirut Memo: A Nation With a Long Memory but a Truncated History" teases out the tale of everyone wanting to hijack Lebanon's sovereignty and character and submerge it beneath their own. (Jack Shafer, now that everybody else but you, putz--oh, and also John Kerry--seems to get the idea, please pay attention.) So there is isn't even one national history taught in the country's schools. There's a Maronite history and a Sunni history and a Shi'a history.

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