In case you doubted Russian perfidy. Eli Lake has gone through the WikiLeaks documents to get the goods on Russian aggression against Georgia. "Russia waged a covert war against Georgia that included missile attacks, arms shipments to anti-government rebels and car bombings since 2004, a newly disclosed U.S. Embassy cable says. Among the secret war operations were a 2007 helicopter gunship attack on the headquarters of a pro-government group in the Georgian province of Abkhazia, and the murder of Georgian police officers in the town of Gory."
In case you doubted that she possessed literary greatness. Christine O'Donnell gets a book deal. Titles? How to Make a Safe Seat Disappear. My Spell in Politics.
In case you doubted that there is a dearth of journalistic ethics. "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) [on Friday] called on those journalism schools and professional organizations that have recognized journalist Helen Thomas to rescind their honors after she 'clearly, unequivocally revealed herself as a vulgar anti-Semite' in remarks to an Arab American group. In a speech yesterday in Dearborn, Michigan, the former White House correspondent not only defended the earlier anti-Jewish remarks that led to her sudden resignation, but went on to claim that she was made to pay a price for her remarks because of the power of the Jewish lobby in the United States." Even before this incident, why would any school honor her? It's pathetic that the ADL statement is even necessary.
In case you doubted that WikiLeaks would be embarrassing to the "smart" diplomacy crowd. It seems everyone we asked rejected "linkage" and dismissed Iranian engagement. "What is shocking, however, is the extent to which the White House's official policy for the last two years ignored sound counsel from its close allies in the region. Perhaps this was a result of the administration's natural inclinations and impulses. However, if it's not yet abundantly clear, the foreign policy establishment's discredited, grand strategic template needs to be shelved once and for all."
In case you doubted that we're operating under the burden of a number of security myths. John Wohlstetter identifies eight of them and concludes: "Instead of having ill-trained TSA agents search for bad things, have well-trained agents search for bad people. Profile by behavior and circumstance (cash ticket, one-way trip, etc.), and leave most of us alone. Compile accurate no-fly lists. Heed credible warnings. Ignore political correctness."
In case you doubted we are heading for further economic woes. "As bad as Friday's anemic jobs report turned out, it's just the beginning of a further rise in unemployment that will reach double digits, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's told CNBC.'Friday's numbers are surprising and don't feel right relative to other economic data,' Zandi said. 'But once the economy gets in a groove, we're going to see more unemployment as the labor force grows. We could see 10 percent by the end of this year or early in 2011.'"
In case you doubted whether there are conservatives who care about the AIDS epidemic. Read Peter Wehner's eloquent defense of the Bush AIDS initiative.
In case you doubted that the Senate will be a different place come January. J. Christian Adams writes about the nominee for deputy attorney general and suggests a tough road ahead for the Obama administration.
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