Thursday, October 28, 2004

Thursday 10/28 links

From New York Sun correspondent Khaled Abu Toalmeh: "Yasser Arafat is in critical condition and doctors are trying to save his life, a P.A. Cabinet minister told the Jerusalem Post last night. 'President Arafat is dying,' said the minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Israel said it will allow Mr. Arafat to be moved 'anywhere' to receive medical treatment and also said that any medical equipment can be brought into Ramallah. Israel has also given Egypt permission to send a special medical team to Ramallah."

A brilliant line by Belmont Club blogger "
Wretchard": "Twenty years of European and UN Middle Eastern policy may be lying on the deathbed with Arafat."

What will the Palestinians do as they grapple with the post-Arafat era? Tel Aviv Ha'aretz columnist
Danny Rubinstein: "For now, it looks like the two senior veterans, Abu Mazen and Abu Ala, are the candidates slated to succeed him in his two primary roles ... Members of [a] younger cadre, among them Jibril Rajoub and Mohammed Dahlan, will lend their support to the two veterans, who will divide up the governing authority between themselves."

World Tribune largely concurs: "The Palestinian sources identified the three-member successor leadership as Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei [Abu Ala], his predecessor, Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] and Palestinian National Council chairman Salim Zaanoun. The sources said Zaanoun would serve a symbolic role."

Ace Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz reports that the Russians helped the Iraqis to secretly move to Syria those explosives that Sen. Kerry has been yammering about. But Captain's Quarters blogger "Captain Ed" Morrissey doesn't think it happened: "I doubt that the cash-strapped Russian military, with its own Islamist problems in Chechnya and elsewhere, would have acted as a hire-out moving service for Saddam Hussein in March 2003, with the US poised to invade."

Washington Post media reporter
Howard Kurtz reveals that The New York Times and CBS colluded on the story, and that the only reason the Times went with it on Monday, October 25--rather than waiting for CBS to sap the White House with the story two days before the election the night of Sunday, October 31--was because it was leaking to the Internet, and not because there was anything morally wrong with trying to tip the election with a highly suspect story.

But Power Line blogger "Hindrocket," aka
John H. Hinderaker, fisks the hell out of Times' executive editor Bill Keller's self-serving revisionist scenario as displayed in the Kurtz piece.

ABC News reports that it wasn't 380 tons of the stuff that went missing--but 3 tons. (Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit)

New York Post political analyst/columnist Dick Morris rips off a great line: "Once again, John Kerry shows his instinct to go for the capillaries, rather than the jugular."

And New York Post columnist Ralph Peters states flatly that "The Myth of the Missing Explosives" is just that: "Sen. Kerry knows this is a bogus issue. And he doesn't care. He's willing to accuse our troops of negligence and incompetence to further his political career. Of course, he did that once before."

London Times columnist Gerard Baker argues that if for no other reason, "Look at Bush's enemies: they are the reason why he deserves re-election."

Chicago Sun-Times political columnist Robert Novak reports that the Democrats have a big problem: "Kerry unable to crack Bush base."

Washington Times guest columnist
Martin L. Gross predicts that it will not be a close election--that Pres. Bush will win by at least five percent in the popular vote and more in the electoral college. I tend to agree with him.

San Francisco Chronicle guest columnist Victor Davis Hanson argues that "The Real Divide is Only in Elitist Minds."

Washington Post columnist
George F. Will explains that "Liberalism's constant problem is that Americans are aspirational, not envious."

Syndicated columnist Ann Coulter on political reality: "Here's the deal on politics and race in America: Republicans don't need black voters, but they want them. Democrats don't want black voters, but they need them."

Syndicated columist Emmett Tyrrell: "The really disturbing aspect of this election [is] the possibility of widespread voter fraud and the Democrats' efforts to institutionalize voter fraud."

New York columnist John Podhoretz analyzes "Sharon's Stunner."

Columnist Uri Dan has known him for nearly a half-century, and he insists "there is no 'new Sharon.'"

Columbia University is an anti-Semitic cesspool. Today a
New York Daily News editorial asks the university administration what it intends to do about it.

Indefatigable satirical blogger ScrappleFace Scott Ott reports the news that the "Electoral College Added to Michael Moore Speaking Tour."