Some of you may have heard of Michael Totten. He’s back in the mideast now, “on assignment” for those of us who contribute. Here’s an excellent example of what I chip in to pay him for. You don’t find this kind of detail on CNN.
By the way, Michael Oren (the IDF spokesman he quotes in the article) is also a well-known historian who wrote the authoritative history of the six-day war.
Instant gratification: I would vote for these guys in a heartbeat as by far the best-available candidates in an era that distinctly lacks great statesmen (or women) here or elsewhere in the world.
Blah-blah: Who else is the GOP going to nominate, Dick Cheney? Don Rumsfeld? Cheney is a great VP and a solid backstop for W, but can you imagine him campaigning against, say, blow-dried and Botoxed John Edwards? I used to think Rumsfeld was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but after the last couple years I’ve come to see him as a modern version of Bob McNamara–a sharp manager but suffering from the tunnel vision that afflicts a lot of sharp managers. He can’t see that his plan only took him so far, and a president has to be able to step outside himself and adjust to changing situations.
But either of those guys would be way better than anyone in the Democratic camp. Both Edwards and Barack Obama are media darlings without much in the way of political accomplishments, Al Gore has spent the last five years whoring himself out to the tinfoil-hat left, and Ned Lamont is a richboi protest candidate whose neo-Stalinist backers will guarantee him political death in Connecticut, let alone the rest of the country. None of those people have a thought in their head besides that they should be in charge because they think they’re smarter than everyone else. The one and only Dem that I might actually vote for (and I did, for governor of VA) is Mark Warner. Unfortunately he’s also exactly the kind of practical centrist that the Micheal Moore pitchfork brigade is promising to run out of the party. Yes, there’s another year for the world to turn, but the Dems’ world has been turning backwards for the last 6 years in a row now. I’m not holding my breath.
So… McCain-Lieberman ’08!!!