"Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is in trouble again for saying it's really good news that America only lost 36,000 jobs in February. Well, think how happy he'll be when November comes and he loses his job." – Jay Leno
"And I love this. Radio host Rush Limbaugh says he will leave the United States if health care reform passes. Well, if that doesn't get the Democrats to rally, nothing will." – Jay Leno
"David Letterman spent ten minutes making fun of Rahm Emanuel last night. This kind of stuff just doesn't happen." - Rush Limbaugh
9. President Obama smokes cigarettes; Rahm eats them
Boy, I hate getting half of a story, clearly missing the best part. Yesterday I wrote about the dueling press conferences between Robert Gates and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Kabul. Maybe our world leaders all have the travel bug, because even Hamid Karzai left to go shmooze with leaders in Pakistan shortly after Mahmoud went back home. Karzai is trying to get Pakistani help in starting dialogues with the Taliban. Pakistan wants better links because it doesn't want Karzai to forge s relationship with India. And India suddenly realizes this and will now send ambassadors to Afghanistan. So it goes.
I have also not been sufficiently paranoid because I didn't think about the theory floating around that Gates, Karzai, and Ahmadinejad had actually all secretly met together for some kind of negotiations on the future of Afghanistan. Gates even commented on it before he left: "Asked for his reaction to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s visit so close to his own, Mr. Gates at first said that “it’s clearly fodder for conspiratorialists... We think Afghanistan should have good relations with all of its neighbors, but we also want all of Afghanistan’s neighbors to play an up-front game in dealing with the government of Afghanistan.” If Ahmadinejad were a saner person, a meeting of this kind could have been beneficial... Iran and Afghanistan share a lot of borderland that serves as a smuggling route, both for al-Qaeda and for drugs. Based on their mutual co-operation in capturing Abdulmalik Rigi, Asia Times notes: "Iran wants to extend this multilateral cooperation to the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. This would involve closer cooperation with the United States and foreign troops in Afghanistan, and therein lies the problem..."
The best way to de-escalate the situation with Iran may be to accept their claims and are being honest about wanting nuclear plants to produce energy. We have the capacity to tell if they are weaponizing, and if we worked more intimately with the International Atomic Energy Committee in monitoring their programs, we might get more information with honey than the fly-swatter. Iran doesn't have enough uranium to do what it wants right now. If they build more reactors they are going to have to get more somewhere, as well as upgrade the US built centrifuges they have now. Also, with the unrest after their last election, Iran doesn't have much credibility with its neighbors and poses less of a threat than it ever has in the past.
“I can’t tell you that peace will come easily,” said the vice president. “You know better.” But right now there is a lot more optimism than before he arrived...
It used to be a popular refrain back in the sixties and seventies "If so-and-so gets elected, I'm leaving the country!" Then, Nixon, or Reagan, or Carter got elected, and the person never really left, just stayed around and groused.
While I am in a wondering mood, there are accusations floating around that our own James Dobson was forced out of his own organization Focus on the Family because he was too far to the right for the newer, kinder, gentler Board of Directors? "[T]the board of directors voted privately on Wednesday -- before we got there -- to ask for my resignation, although their request was made with kindness and respect. We can only guess the reason for their decision because frankly I don't fully know,"
It's not like they kept him on a yacht at sea, drugged and drunk all of the time while they slowly took over his organization, then dumped his sorry old butt into a nursing home in San Luis Obispo, oh, sorry, I thought we were talking about Scientology for a moment... of course, James has retired in the heart of medical marijuana land, so maybe the plan is to keep him herbally medicated to thwart his new planned radio show...