From NRO’s Media Blog comes a short summary of the Times and the Plame/Miller issue:
“The New York Times editorial board called down this absurd investigation, its reporter refused to cooperate, and its editors and reporters spun the paper’s coverage to portray the White House as a gang of organized criminals…”
From The American Thinker:
The grand jury hearing testimony from Rove, Judith Miller, and others may not be investigating what the press thinks. The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus and the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof have failed to respond to Joseph Wilson’s backtracking from their year earlier interview-based stories about how Wilson had supposedly discovered the Administration had relied on a patently fake document to justify the war, and ignored his report warning them it was fake. This failure reveals their lack of concern for the public’s right to know the truth—that they’d been snookered into making these sensational charges.
But Bob Somerby, editor of the liberal blog Daily Howler, expressed his outrage at the hoax, observing that the Democrats deserved what they got for promoting a fabulist with wild and sensational claims, simply because he, like they, wanted to win the election.
And the NYO Observer has about four pages more. What interested me most is that the missing notes Miller just found and turned over to the investigator were not turned up at the office- no. Miller’s had them all along. They’ve been in her lawyer’s custody. So what’s up with the ‘newly discovered’ angle?
Al Quaeda- Sez the Indepundit, “YOU MUST READ the captured letter from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi (leader of al Qaeda in Iraq). Yes, it’s a long read, and full of Islamic flourishes, but take the time and read it all the way through. You won’t regret it.”
Sez the Headmistress: You must also read the Indepundit’s analysis. Excellent. bonnet tip to Wizbang.
Powerline has more, including the NYT take on it.
Oil For Food- this remains the largest financial scandal of the last hundred years, If I remember my numbers right. It’s still not unraveled, but this week former French ambassador to the U.N., Jean-Bernard Merimee, was arrested for his part in stealing money from the Iraqi people by accepting bribes from Saddam Hussein. Says Claudia Rosett:
“Merimee’s main trail leads not to the Quai d’Orsay, but to the doorstep of the U.N. secretary general. Authorities at the French foreign ministry have said the allegations against Merimee concern his activities after he retired as French ambassador to the U.N., and they’re probably right. During the period most in question — late 2001 — Merimee was working primarily not for La France, but with the rank of U.N. undersecretary general, as a handpicked high-level “special adviser” for Kofi Annan.
That fact seems to have escaped Annan himself, who, as the French investigation was turning hot, turned up on Swiss TV last weekend lamenting in French that criticism from “these people” (presumably he meant the people who object to corruption at the U.N.) is “unfair” and “hard to bear.” If that is Annan’s bottom line after abundant evidence that his handpicked head of Oil-for-Food, Benon Sevan, was on the take from Saddam, and that his own son, Kojo Annan, sought to profit from the program, then perhaps the case of Merimee will not interest the secretary general in the least.
But the timing of Jean-Bernard Merimee’s trajectory through Kofi Annan’s list of “Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys” ought to interest anyone who cares about the integrity of top management at the United Nations. “
Deal on the Iraq Constitution reached
Leading Syrian Minister Commits Suicide… Or was he pushed (sorry, literary allusion to the title of a murder mystery probably only a handful of us have read)
Tom Delay’s lawyers wants some answers from Ronnie Earle:
I am determined to put of record the steps taken by you and your staff to obtain a replacement indictment against my client, Tom DeLay during the five day period mentioned above. The first indictment for “conspiracy to violate the Texas Election Code,” charged a crime that did not exist in Texas law. I have filed a motion to dismiss the later indictment on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct and with those subpoenas seek evidence in support of that motion. I will soon file additional motions.
In the meantime, however, it would expedite our inquiry if you would agree to an immediate deposition to answer the questions set out below, and, given the highly public nature of this matter, I believe it would be in the interest of justice.
(click on the link for the rest)
Oil and gas prices:The United States has an oil reserve at least three times that of Saudi Arabia locked in oil shale deposits beneath federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, according to a study released this past week.
More at Roger Simon
Germany and Japan- comparen and contrast (Japan is privatizing their post office, amongst other renovations).
Is there anything the MSM got right in their Katrina coverage? I am so embarrassed, because even knowing what I know about their biases, their careless handling of facts, I still believed most of what they reported.
Here’s another one, literarlly, gone down the drain: there was no toxic soup of chemicals in the floodwaters of NO. Read the Captain for more.
Alan Greenspan is the Chairman of the USA’s Federal Reserve. He’s retiring. President Bush will be appointing his replacement. This position is arguably at least as important as a Supreme Court position.
See Kudlow for more.
Harold Pinter wins Nobel prize for literature. I’d link to one of his works, but this is a family friendly blog. Care to guess his politics? Go ahead, just guess.=)