It’s Always Something

Fareed Zakaria said something remarkably stupid on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He was embellishing his usual theme that the insurgents are fueled mostly by the forces of disaffected youth: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: What is behind these young people going, in several countries, now in the heart of Europe, joining the Islamic jihad? What is […]

O, Canadian RAV4!

Princeton economist Paul Krugman had a great column in The New York Times the other day about Toyota’s recent decision to build their new RAV4 factory in Ontario. On the face of it, it’s a mystery: if a company were going to build a factory, with its large number of good middle-class jobs, anywhere in […]

Force Protection Is Job 1

One big difference between the U.S. and British troops in Iraq has been the U.S. focus on “force protection” — the British troops there have been slower to fire, to avoid alienating the Iraqi civilians that they are there to protect, while the U.S., knowing that Americans really don’t like to see soldiers coming home […]

The Truth About Valerie

Former CIA agent and current registered Republican Larry C. Johnson delivered the rebuttal to the President’s radio address this morning. He was a CIA classmate of Valerie Plame (now Valerie Wilson), the CIA agent whose cover was blown by traitors (and Bush/Cheney staff chiefs) Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and God knows who else. You can […]

Iraq’s War On Women

So, what are we over there for? If it’s just a question of a cynical grab for as much of the world’s resources as we can control, that’s one thing. But don’t try to tell me that it’s a wonderful new day, especially for women. This is a country that, prior to our intervention, was […]

Even Worse

[Backgrounder] It’s really, really simple: George Bush’s Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby denied (for two years!) that they had had anything to do with blowing the cover of (until then) undercover CIA agent Valerie Wilson, that they ruined her career and endangered national security just to […]


Catching up on my reading this weekend, I found a pretty great column by Johnathon Schell in The Nation, itself an analysis of an article in The Washington Post by Anthony Shadid and Steve Fainaru, who spent some time with a company of Iraqi solidiers out of earshot of their U.S. minders. …the soldiers of […]

Meat is Cool!

Yes, a pathetic industry web site once actually existed, attempting to spread the gospel: Meat is Cool! I have seen it with my own eyes — it had games and activities for the kids! (it was targeted at the kids). Alas, it has disappeared (because of being lame and all). But there’s still the Center […]