The group blog of The New Republic
March 30, 2007
The Indian cricket team's embarrassing loss continues to dominate the news here. If you don't understand cricket, this can quickly become tiresome. However, one of the local Bombay papers did have an op-ed I quite enjoyed. Here's an excerpt:
"My son was murdered because of your incompetence!"
Charles Krauthammer bashes Democrats who call Afghanistan the site of "the real war" on terror. I'm sure it's true that Democrats prefer talking about Afghanistan to Iraq because it's an easier moral case. But Krauthammer's argument is built around an awfully glib view of Afghanistan's strategic value.
There seem to be a lot of "American Idol" fans around this office (and, um, country), so I thought I'd share this Guardian article about the Abu Dhabi version of the show, with an audience of 17 million across the Arab world voting by text message. Turns out theirs is just a tad ... classier:
Looks like the Interior Department has been outsourcing policy analysis to the 13-year-olds playing World of Warcraft in their parents' basement. (Um, really.)
It goes without saying that one of the worst consequences of the Bush administration is our damaged reputation abroad. But a corollary to that damage has been an overreaction on some parts of the left (and the paleo-conservative right) about America's moral standing in the world. America, and Americans, are so much more than the leaders we elect.