The WSJ is hosting a discussion among some “leading thinkers” about what moderate Islam looks like. First up is Anwar Ibrahim, a Malaysian opposition leader taking a break between sodomy trials:
The vast majority of Muslims already see themselves as part of a civilization that is heir to a noble tradition of science, philosophy [...]
A cell phone taped to a Pepto Bismol bottle. Cell phones taped together with watches. $7k in cash. Large knives and a box cutter in checked baggage. Baggage re-routed from the passenger’s intended destination.
American law enforcement officials cautioned on Monday night that the men had not been charged with any crime and that [...]
“My fellow Americans, today marks the end of America’s involvement in combat operations in Iraq. Our operational forces have withdrawn with honor from the field, leaving behind a free, if troubled democracy secure in its own borders, presenting no threat to its neighbors. Some 50,000 trainers and special operations forces remain in Iraq. They [...]
Strategy Page on why the US will not export Predators to Pakistan:
The U.S. doesn’t want Pakistan to have Predator/Hellfire partly to keep the technology away from China, partly to keep the systems from being used to kill tribal leaders the U.S. does not consider hostile. The U.S. also fears Pakistan would use Predators [...]
I didn’t have much to say (obviously) about this weekend’s Glenn Beck rally on the Mall. I spent Saturday afternoon on the golf course (shooting a 77 on the par 72 Miramar golf course, with an inexcusable double bogey 6 on the par 4 eighteenth), and flew three flights on Friday on one of [...]
Looks like SOF missed the memo:
There is wiggle room in the status-of-forces agreement with Baghdad that was worked out in 2008, in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration. Pentagon officials expect some U.S. forces to remain, even though the agreement calls for all troops to be out of Iraq by [...]
UCLA Professor Judea Pearl – who has paid his own tribute in the Carefully Calibrated Campaign Against Man-Caused Disasters – has an interesting insight into the reason why 71% of the American people are regarded by the other 29% as “Islamophobes.” Who might as well be racist, if one could only tie concerns about [...]
Interesting New York Times article on the making of a reluctant war president.
The German emphasis on competitiveness and the Obama Administration’s obsession with demand management captures well why these economies are moving at such discrepant speeds. The Obama Administration proposes significant tax increases on consumers and small business owners (most small business income is reported by taxpayers in the top two personal [...]