". . . one of the first things that middle-rank powers abandon once they go down this road is a global military capability. If you take the view that the U.S. is an imperialist aggressor, congratulations: You can cease worrying. But, if you think that America has been the ultimate guarantor of the post-war global order, it's less cheery. Five years from now, just as in Canada and Europe two generations ago, we'll be getting used to announcements of defense cuts to prop up the unsustainable costs of big government at home. And, as the superpower retrenches, America's enemies will be quick to scent opportunity."
Steyn thinks that fewer trillions thrown away on wars and spent on the health of American human beings is a bad thing.
No surprise department: 'Save Darfur' or build illegal settlements?:
"Persons working with aid organizations assisting the victims of the Darfur conflict have passed on the news that they have confirmed through their contacts in the so called Save Darfur Coalition that millions of dollars raised to help the Darfur refugees have ended up in Israeli bank accounts. These accounts help fund programs that include illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
These sources inside the pro-Israel organizations that control the Save Darfur Coalition estimate that over $100 million was raised for Darfur, though the exact amount may never be known due to the murky nature of the financial statements these organizations submit. What is known is that over half the money raised for Darfur was consumed by operational expenses for these organizations, meaning bloated salaries, expense accounts and the multimillion dollar publicity campaign that helped generate the donations. Only about 10 percent of the donations received ever made it to the Darfur refugees, with several million ending up in Israeli bank accounts.
The Darfur funds were diverted to Israel by either co-mingling the funds with those used to support the Israeli projects or through a more complex system of grants to other aid or relief organizations that allowed the eventual destination of the funds to be almost impossible to trace."
No surprise department II (while he's there, he might ask the Jews how they shot her):
"The fiancé of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed during protests in Teheran following the Iranian elections last year, visited Israel as guest of Channel 2, the station reported Friday evening.The Arabs might have to go back to tents: ". . . a reference was made to the high rises in Dubai."
Now, that Makan landed here, he will have the honor of meeting President Shimon Peres."
"Merrill Lynch Warned Regulators About Lehman"
Israeli 'agents provocateurs' in Palestine are making it hard to find the Palestinian Gandhi.
More on the Israeli spy planes and Mossad assassination of a Syrian named Bassam Trache in Budapest.
It is a shame that the NYT fact-checkers weren't as rigorous about Judy Miller's Iraqi aluminum tubes as they are about wedding notices.
"A computer database glitch has sent police to the home of an elderly Brooklyn couple more than 50 times since 2002, sheepish cops admitted today."