The group blog of The New Republic
July 18, 2007
George W. Bush, 2002 State of the Union address:
My hope is that all nations will heed our call, and eliminate the terrorist parasites who threaten their countries and our own. Many nations are acting forcefully. Pakistan is now cracking down on terror, and I admire the strong leadership of President Musharraf. But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will.
Hizzoner bails on Iraq. Not exactly a Cronkite moment, but still...
Is it just me, or does embattled Senator Ted Stevens's denial that political supporters paid for his house renovation contain some pretty obvious weasel wordage:
"As a practical matter, I will tell you. We paid every bill that was given to us," Stevens said, referring to himself and his wife, Catherine. "Every bill that was sent to us has been paid, personally, with our own money, and that's all there is to it. It's our own money."
This New York Times graphic on how the presidential candidates are spending their money is interesting. The three Democratic frontrunners all appear to have much, much larger ground operations in Iowa than their Republican counterparts. And Tommy Thompson's campaign seems to be spending absurdly large sums of money on pizza, relative to its size.
Jeff Jacoby in today's Boston Globe:
But there will be no such excuse for those who insist on pulling out of Iraq. For they know only too well what horrors Al Qaeda and its jihadist allies are capable of. Beheadings. Suicide bombings. Lynchings. Child murder. Chlorine gas attacks. Bali. Madrid. 7/7.
Our tireless reporter Eve Fairbanks stayed up all night to bring you coverage of the Senate's debate on troop redeployment. Did the stunt live up to its billing? Check out her dispatch here.
--Alexander M. Belenky