Friday, February 23, 2007

Still Waiting ...

image credit: John Pritchett

The jury in the Libby trial is still deliberating. Looks like it's going to be a long one, so get out your sunblock.

Meanwhile, there are actually things going on in the world that aren't related to living or dead celebrity bimbos. No, I'm not going to provide links. If you want that kind of news, go to CNN or MSNBC. Isn't the twenty-four hour news cycle just wonderful? You can always be informed about all those important developments that affect your life, no matter what time of day you turn on the TV.

Juan Cole writes today in Salon that the British withdrawal from Iraq may not be quite the good thing the Administration is protraying it as. As Prof. Cole points out, Patrick Lang doesn't think so, either. Meanwhile, some Democratic Senators are supposedly drafting a bill that would limit our role in the conflict. If you've read some of my past writings you'll know I don't think it's enough, but it's at least a start, and it is trying to keep us out of the civil war.

Meanwhile, in that forgotten war, Afghan warlords have, it would seem, been busy trying to obtain pardons of their own. The BBC's Lyse Doucet writes about the situation there:

Afghans have, in some ways, made an impressive journey since a hastily assembled group of Afghans and foreign envoys forged what became known as the Bonn process.

With some difficulty and delay all the ambitious targets were met: a traditional assembly, or loya jirga, approved a new government in 2002; a second loya jirga came up with a constitution; and presidential and parliamentary elections were held for the first time in decades.

But for many Afghans it is a job half done.
Afghanistan is still a place awash with guns, where commanders and local officials can impose their will with impunity, where many Afghans say their lives have changed little.

Most startling of all, the Taleban have made a comeback in the south, fighting with unexpected ferocity and firepower.

Afghanistan: A job half done

The only good news I see this morning is that the North Koreans are talking about dismantling their nuke program. Like the Democrats in the Senate, the North Koreans are going to have to do more than talk to convince me, but it's a good sign given that they're willing to negotiate giving up their ability to reprocess plutonium in exchange for oil and food. Of course, that was such a bad deal in 1994, how could this "tough" Administration make the same deal now?

Tom Vilsack has dropped out of the Presidential race, citing lack of financial backing. Other than that he was the chairman of the DLC and that he was one of the first Presidential candidates to speak out forcefully on Iraq, I don't know much about him.

And I hear Britney's got a new doo?

UPDATE: It looks like the British will be increasing their forces in Afghanistan soon.

UPDATE 2: Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake reports that the Libby jury has been sent home for the weekend. Looks like justice will have to wait until next week, if not longer.


Taylor Marsh said...

Nice upgrade to your new blog digs. Another few days before we know about Libby. Oh, how I want him to get convicted. Then Cheney? Wishful thinking, I know.

Cujo359 said...

Thanks, Taylor. I like this layout better. The other one was too narrow to read easily.

On Cheney, it's probably wishful thinking. The fix is in; Libby will be pardoned if he's convicted, so the U.S. Attorneys won't have any leverage as they would typically have on a convict. That's why they're trotting out Victoria Toensing and Fred Thompson to lie about what's happening at the trial. I really don't think they care how much damage a pardon would do to the Republican party, either. It's always been about what's good for W and Cheney.

Kevin Hayden said...

Regarding Afghanistan: if you lie down with warlords, you wake up with wars.

Cujo359 said...

Or, you wake up with a really bad drug problem ...


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