Thursday, January 3, 2008

Interesting News - 3 January 2008

California Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos has announced that he has cancer and will not be seeking reelection. Lantos, first elected in 1981, is the only holocaust survivor ever to serve in Congress. He has been a very colorful wild card at times, and he is one of the few Democrats I can honestly say will be missed.

"The greatest media story of 2007 was the one you never read: The year was a strategic catastrophe for Islamist terrorists - and possibly a historic turning point in the struggle against al Qaeda and its affiliates."

U.S. deaths in Iraq are at their lowest three month total ever.

Amir Taheri is optimistic about Pakistan, despite Bhutto’s assassination. And he has some interesting thoughts on how to approach the problems in Waziristan.

Tribal politics in Pakistan and more in a round-up at Fausta’s blog.

Lebanese MP Walid Jumblat says that Hezbollah are paid agents of Iran and Syria now operating with the intent of eliminating the state of Lebanon.

Another special prosecutor is being appointed, this one on the issue of the destruction of the CIA tapes. Didn’t we learn any lessons from the last travesty?

Rick Moran ponders the fight for the soul of the Republican Party between social conservatives and other ideologies currently cobbled together under the GOP tent.

From across the pond, the EU looks to a one size fits all common energy policy, while Richard North both argues for nuclear power in the UK: "[W]e have a nation that is in thrall to the Greens who, bessotted with the idea of anthropogenic global warming, are at one demanding absurdly expensive measure – such as wind farms – to reduce CO2 emissions, yet are standing in the way of the most obvious and effective long-term solution to both energy security and emissions reductions – nuclear power.

Aggressive buying by speculators, cold weather in the northern hemisphere and the falling US dollar helped to propel the price of oil to a record $100 a barrel.

When I see someone advocating the race baiting, wildly leftist 9-11 truther Cynthia McKinney for President, I question in what possible alternate world they exist. The answer in this case is British academia and the credentials of this McKinney supporter goes far in explanation. "Dr Derek Wall . . . teaches economics at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His most recent book Babylon and Beyond looks at alternatives to capitalism and corporate globalisation."

The left is reacting to treacherous decision by the NYT to hire Bill Kritsol as a columnist. Do enjoy the wailing and lamentations.

A model’s lawsuit. I love this quote: "I think she's going to need to prove she's actually legally retarded if she even wants to survive a motion to dismiss."

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