Monday, October 11, 2004

Morning news and comment roundup

The Monk will make this short and sweet because he's working on a couple of baseball essays and a political essay for the blog. ETA unknown. But here are some things to read at breakfast (if you're in the western US) or your morning coffee break.

First, Andrew Apostolou discusses how the UN was Saddam's ally, lobbyist, co-conspirator and financier here.

Next, John Fund discusses the roles unions are playing in corrupting the US election process, especially in "swing" states.

Speaking of elections, the WSJ notes that unlike the Spaniards, Australians and Afghanistanis have spines. Spines lead to electing leaders who don't cave in to terrorist.

Back to the US election: Mark Steyn cuts Kerry again, this time on Kerry's vacillation during the debate Friday by noting the key difference between the candidates: "Bush believes America needs to shape events in the world; Kerry doesn't and, even if he did, because he doesn't know how he'd want to shape them[,] the events would end up shaping him."

Meanwhile, in Iraq, there's good news. That's what Arthur Chrenkoff says.

And Stephen Hayes says the Duelfer Report is actually BAD news for Kerry, but first you have to read it outside the mainstream media cocoon.

Finally, the Captain deconstructs Kerry's vacuous statement that "We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance." In other words, worry about health care, social security, welfare, fair trade and other handouts from government to the citizens and leave the terrorists to background noise. Sounds like what Clinton did.

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