3/18/2004

Please, No More

Kerry's Foreign Policy Advisor has asked foreign leaders to stop endorsing Kerry, saying "...It is simply not appropriate for any foreign leader to endorse a candidate in America's presidential election. John Kerry does not seek, and will not accept, any such endorsements." This follows the statements from Spain's Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero and Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, saying they support Kerry.

3/17/2004

I haven't yet posted anything on the Spanish disaster (the terrorist attacks and al Qeada's victory at the polls). Spain's withdrawal from Iraq marks a low point in our war against terror. David Brooks' piece from yesterday's New York Times presents a convincing analysis of the situation.

Now it seems that Honduras will be pulling out in June. This could lead to a devastating chain reaction, where our allies flee and we're left to pick up the pieces. Of course, El Salvador and Guatemala would never abandon us. The Los Angeles Times has an excellent piece on the Bush administration's efforts to maintain the coalition.

According to an investigation carried out by the House Government Reform Committee, President Bush and four other top officials made 237 misleading public statements on the threat posed by Iraq. If you're interested in seeing the report and database containing these misstatements, you can find them here.

Bring It

How far can this go? Last night, on "Hardball," Sen. Joe Biden said that he would support a Kerry-McCain ticket. He said, "I think that this is time for unity in this country, and maybe it is time to have a guy like John McCain — a Republican — on the ticket with a guy he does like. They do get along. And they don't have fundamental disagreements on major policies."

McCain's rejection of the idea could be described as half-hearted, at best. Several hours after McCain said he would entertain the thought, a McCain aide said that it wasn't possible. Who knows.

The flurry of accusations going back and forth between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the French government has been dizzing in recent few days. A French police investigation recently blamed Kagame for shooting down Habyarimana's plane, thus setting off the Rwandan genocide. Now Kagame has accused the French of supplying the Rwandan government with the means for carrying out that genocide.

I'd have to side with Kagame on this one. Who shot down the plane is an irrelevant point. Yes, it was the event that trigured the massacres, but months and years of preparations went into planning the genocide. And French were certainly complicit in that planning.

Istanbul, USA

Perhaps the most important lesson we learned from the Cold War was this: the psychological dynamics of war are as important as the military struggle. We won out over communism partially because we succeeded in capturing the imagination of those citizens living under totalitarianism. Unfortunately, we're losing that struggle in this recent war against terrorism. According to an international poll released Tuesday, most people living in Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey believe the U.S. want to control the world. A statistic like that does not bode well for our future.


The NEA Funded Natural Born Killers?

This one looks like a must see. Unfortunately, no U.S. release date has been set yet.

At the heart of this controversy is the fact that the movie was partially funded by the British government. And naturally, it has sparked a debate among politicians over government funding and the arts.

One interesting side note: The film features Mackenzie Crook, who plays Gareth in the BBC's "The Office." If you haven't yet seen this series, please do. It's the greatest show on television today.