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January 18, 2007
In his radio address last Saturday, President George W. Bush described "benchmarks" that "the Iraqi government must meet...or lose the support of the Iraqi and American people." Second on the list after "taking responsibility for security in all of Iraq's provinces" was "passing legislation to share oil revenues among all Iraqis." That sounds pretty good: a guaranteed annual income for all Iraqis. But that's not exactly what the oil law is about.
January 17, 2007
How desperate are conservatives for a presidential candidate they can support? They're talking about drafting Jon Kyl.
This morning I'm watching the silly sit-down that "Good Morning America"'s Diane Sawyer did with the 16 women senators, and the first topic of discussion is (surprise!) how the decidedly non-female Barack Obama puts a kink in Senator Clinton's plans to become the first Madame President. As Diane framed the situation, here's a woman Senator looking to break one glass ceiling, only to run up against a black Senator aiming to break another type of glass ceiling.
John Kerry's hilariously deluded belief that he could win the 2008 nomination is an endless source of comedy, and Jonah Goldberg has some good fun with it here, using his Henny Youngman shtick to good effect.
The United States helped found the World Bank in 1945. It was designed initially to aid in postwar reconstruction, but it has developed a focus on alleviating extreme poverty and encouraging development in the world's poorest countries. American officials did not conceive of the bank as a vehicle for carrying out a particular administration's foreign policy objectives. When Robert Macnamara left the Pentagon to become World Bank president in 1968, for instance, he did not use his tenure to advance the American war effort in Vietnam.