Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Wednesday 10/6 links

Re Iran's nukes, from an editorial in today's New York Sun: "Israel's warning time is running out. It would not be surprising to see, between now and November 2, Mr. Bush come under growing pressure to warn Israel against taking action. Whoever ends up as president, the question to consider is which is worse politically, that tumult might erupt after an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites - or Iran getting the nuclear bomb on your watch?"

Remember those "allies" who will leap to help us during a John Kerry Administration--you know, the ones upon whom Kerry based his entire Iraq policy? Well, Kerry admits now that he was thinking of France and Germany when he said that, and that he was wrong--it is clear that they are not going to help. So where does that leave him? Kerry: "Other countries are obviously more willing to accept responsibilities." What other countries? Liechtenstein? Washington Times reporters
Stephen Dinan and Rowan Scarborough scratch their heads.

Incisive New York Post political analyst and columnist Dick Morris on John Edwards: "Deer in the headlights." Not the image Edwards wanted to project. And according to Morris' fellow Post columnist John Podhoretz, "Cheney rocks."

Fred Barnes' take, in The Daily Standard: "Dick Cheney does his job taking care of Edwards, putting Kerry's record back on the table, and setting the president up for the next debate."

Wall Street Journal columnist
Claudia Rosett: "America, Just Be Yourself: Standing for our principles is more important than being loved."

According to impish columnist
Jonah Goldberg, it "Looks like a veto, acts like a veto - it's ... the 'Global Test.'"

Online satirist "ScrappleFace," aka Scott Ott, reports a new development: "Kerry: Iraq Report Proves Saddam More Patient Than Bush."

New York Times columnist
William Safire advises that you not believe everything you read--believe instead in "The Afghan Miracle," with no fewer than twelve million men and women registered to vote in the upcoming elections.

Emanuele Ottolenghi suggests in the Jerusalem Post that Europe's influence in international affairs is ultimately constrained by too much carrot, too little stick, and too many incompatible national interests.

The Yom Kippur War started 31 years ago today, and UPI international editor
Claude Salhani examines what has happened since. His conclusion: not good then; not good now.

New York Times reporter
William K. Rashbaum wants to know where the bodies are buried. The Mob tends not to leave business disputes bleeding in the streets anymore, but there are just so many things you can do with them.

New York Daily News columnist
Zev Chafets is amused to find that "ideologically and temperamentally, liberals make terrible beggars. They are more comfortable demanding money from the government than asking for it from the pulpit." Particularly when they are conducting the annual shakedown for NPR.

National Review Online columnist
Jay Nordlinger remembers Rodney Dangerfield, who died yesterday.

Ask Tech Central Station's Ralph Kinney Bennett: who needs chopsticks when you have the fork? There's some real history here.

Here's a shocker from the satirical online weekly The Onion: "Irrelevant Pop Stars Unite Against Bush." And
another: "Many Animals Harmed In Catering Of Film."