Archive for February 2011
When you have two air force pilots bail out of their fighter bomber after being dispatched from Tripoli with “scorched earth” orders to attack oilfields in areas seized by the opposition, and one of them is from your own tribe, you’re about to be toast.
Forget about the pilots who simply flew to another country and claimed asylum. The dictator is reportedly now arming civilians in Tripoli. I suspect that’s true, since he has called off more air raids — not be cause he wants to parlay, but because he can’t trust the military he weakened. He is using imported African mercenaries as his street muscle.
But perhaps the most ominous portent is that his voluptuous nurse is going home.
The poster child for that would be the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who thought the DNC’s wildly complimentary resolution honoring her was insufficiently fulsome. The immunity to embarrassment appears genetic, as her daughter brought up the amendments necessary to suit Queen Nancy.
Let’s see — Mayor Rhambo has been running Chicago for a week now and his transition aide is already resigning over an ethics violation. The only question I have is when Emanuel will be comfortable enough to start covering up all the transgressions….
There are a number of articles on the belated responses of His Oneness to Libya, but Leon Wieseltier, to my mind, produced the best — he absolutely nails it.
Here is a good one by Bill Kristol, and another by Steve Hayes, and a third really fine one by Lee Smith which speaks to the larger geopolitical problems of having a weak horse such as His Oneness in the White House.
Benny Morris writes a depressingly pessimistic outlook for the Middle East, but the man knows whereof he speaks, and I find no fault with his reasoning.
h/t Jonah Goldberg at The Corner
John Hood has an interesting post on happiness, or the lack thereof, on polling for happiness in the Arab world. It’s worth your time
Jim Antle points to an interesting report by The Heritage Foundation grading Congressional cost-cutters. He has a link to the full report, but do read his post at least.