The Spectacle Blog
More on President Clinton's role in consulting on the Dubai Ports deal. First, reporters should be looking into whatever "consulting" arrangements both the Cohen Group and the Albright Group (note that both name partners served in the Clinton Cabinet) might have or had with the former President.
Natural questions to ask both former Clintonistas: Have you ever passed through fees paid to you by UAE clients to the fomer President in, say, the past eight months? Is the work you are or had been pursuing on behalf of UAE clients a result of previous UAE dealings with the former President? When was the last time you or an associate or outside contracted consultant met with the staff of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss UAE business interests?
Most persuasive: It was SOP for the KGB in its later days to contract out its dirty (and wet) work to the Bulgarians.
Rep. Mike Pence is speaking about the Taliban at Yale on John Gibson's Fox News show at 5:10 p.m. (in a half hour)
Mickey Kaus zings the New York Times for hilariously alarmist reporting -- though he does extend them a bit of charity:
I'm not saying Bill Keller's** headline and lede writers were amping up the Iraq hysteria in order to manufacture another Tet. Maybe they just have no judgment or perspective.Maybe!
So the Taliban's former deputy foreign secretary, one Rahmatulla Hashemi, is now enrolled at Yale. Which, of course, doesn't allow ROTC on campus. Nice to know how Yale lines up in the war.
A few questions occur: First, just how was Hashemi allowed into the country? How does an apparently unrepentant Taliban get a visa? Second, are there any others like him running loose? Third, does anybody at the Department of Homeland Security have anything to say about the answers to the first two questions?
Mr. Hashemi is quoted as saying, "I could have ended up in
Wlady: You suspect correctly. I was more than a twinkle in my mother's eye, however: The pro-abortion crowd would have called me a "fetus," while expecting mothers, children, and lovers of life would have called me an unborn baby.
Your point is well taken, though. I can't seem to find a good citation for this, but I have long understood that Agca got the pistol from the Bulgarian embassy. Is that a figment of my imagination or did I read that somewhere?
Dave: You probably weren't even alive when Mehmet Ali Agca shot John Paul on May 13, 1981. Ever since that date the mainstream press has done all it can to play down if not ignore entirely any Kremlin-KGB links to the near-assassination. For you it may now be a no-brainer that the Soviets were behind the effort, but I wouldn't be so quick to scoff at news of the Italian commission's latest findings. There's probably greater acceptance of Alger Hiss's communist ties among the mainstream media than serious agreement that the Soviets tried to murder the Polish pope.
Consider what was included -- i.e. not included -- in MSM obituaries of JPII last April. First, the New York Times on April 3, 2005:
John: Disagree on one point. New name would be "Imam Mahdi."