March 16, 2008

"i Don't Recall Mrs. Clinton's Engagement."
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I knew that Hillary's spiel about her experience in this and her experience in that was fake. Take, for example, her evidence for being an old foreign policy hand: she had been to 80 different foreign countries while her poor hubby was (alone) in the White House.

March 15, 2008

Ballad of a Dead Man

In February 2001, while I was doing research for my book on the forgotten wars, I met Iván Ríos, the FARC commander who was recently executed by his own security chief and bodyguard somewhere on the border between the Columbian provinces of Caldia and Antioquia. This morning's newspapers say he was 40 years old at that time.

March 14, 2008

Meet The New Boss
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WASHINGTON--Eliot Spitzer vowed to shake up government and politics in New York.

McCain's Free Ride
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Right now, with Democrats transfixed by the increasingly self-destructive battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, John McCain is getting a free ride politically (at the moment, a ride abroad, to provide the backdrop for the story he'd like to tell about being the one ready to take the helm of U.S. foreign policy and national security). That ride looks likely to last until June or beyond.

Spitzer: The Next Lawrence?
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Over at Balkinization, Michael Stokes Paulsen imagines what a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court (Kennedy, Souter, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Clinton) might say in striking down anti-prostitution laws in the 2010 case of Spitzer v. United States: There is no persuasive basis for distinguishing the Lawrence Liberty here.

March 13, 2008

Disputations: The '3 A.M.' Fight Continues
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Orlando Patterson's reply is as unpersuasive as his original op-ed essay. His op-ed--a fanciful interpretation of Hillary Clinton's 3 A.M. campaign ad as racist--provides no facts to back up its assertions, thereby making refutation literally impossible. Now, in his reply, Patterson offers more groundless speculation. He also fails to concede that his original essay contained a gross falsehood that is now a matter of record--a falsehood that, once revealed, demolishes his basic argument.

12:00 AM

Eliot Spitzer, of course, is not a “regular” person as the term is understood, so any advice to him and his family would be different from, say, advising a gentleman arrested in a cathouse in Omaha. Make no mistake. Many Regular Joes have been caught out publicly, but the national televised “gotcha” is reserved for either politicians or those who are enormously rich. His bad luck, soon-to-be former Governor Spitzer is both. I was surprised, during his brief, televised press conference Wednesday morning, that he did not announce that he was on his way to a treatment center for sex addiction.

Funny Games
12:00 AM

In the wake of her victories in Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton and her revitalized campaign are feeling bold.

How to Talk to Iran
12:00 AM

When President Bush assumed office, Iran was not a nuclear power. When his successor takes the oath of office next year, however, Iran will have achieved (or be on the verge of achieving) that status. Nothing the Bush Administration or the international community is doing now is likely to alter Iran's behavior over the coming year.

March 12, 2008

Gas Trouble
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--Few things better illustrate the tragedy of Latin American populist and nationalist politics than the crisis related to natural gas in South America. A region endowed with vast reserves and governments that describe themselves as close partners is mired in crippling power shortages and cross-border disputes over cutbacks in the supply of natural gas.