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April 6, 2007

It's not at all clear to me that Iran emerged from nabbing those 15 British sailors and marines in a stronger position than before, as Yoav Fromer writes here. (Smirks, even those of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are not exactly the stuff of strategic superiority.) But it's a valid question.

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Andrew Ferguson's profile of Rudy Giuliani is interesting for all sorts of reasons, not least of which this horrifying passage in which the GOP front-runner explains his views on health care:

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Last week, I blogged about the decision by American gay rights activists to not make use of the State Department's annual human rights report regarding the treatment of gays abroad. The activists in question say they refused to publicize the report because Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay have made any research compiled by the United States on human rights morally dubious.

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Here. Have a good weekend.

--Michael Crowley

April 5, 2007

Okay, I think this pretty much confirms that Newt's running for president. (H/t reader K.L.)

--Jason Zengerle

Here's Cliff May, over at The Corner, on Francis Fukuyama:

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In a post on the Guardian's Comment is Free blog, Matthew Yglesias comes to the conclusion that the resolution of the British hostage crisis is somehow a success for "doves." Mocking critics of the Iranian regime's shameful p.r. theatrics as "warmongers" (an epithet he uses with wild abandon) Yglesias writes:

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Rudy Giuliani's recent blunder on the subject of public funding for abortions is certainly making waves.

Here's Ross Douthat on the subject:

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Francis Fukuyama's op-ed in The Guardian has, as I noted earlier, been getting a lot of heat. It's also well worth reading. Jonah Goldberg responds here, and makes the following point:

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That appears to be John Derbyshire's recommendation for how to treat the 15 British sailors just released from Iranian captivity:

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