1. Re: Scooter Libby. I think the media really really really wants this to be the next Watergate, but it's not going to happen. First, it's nowhere near that big. Second, I've been following this with mild interest for a while, and I still can't tell what exactly anyone's on trial for (or if they're even on trial at all). Third, even if you wish really hard and you're good for a whole year and don't hit your sister even once, not even after she bit you that one time back in June, you don't always get what you want. Deal with it. If the media tries to influence this one, it will be a serious breach of ethics. But I doubt that'll happen. Most of 'em aren't that far gone.
2. To: the Palestinians. From: the rest of us. Re: Getting your own state. Message: Okay guys, seriously. You want your own state? Quit blowing stuff up. Seriously. All it does is deplete your own resources and make everybody else mad. Use those explosives in construction or something, get your people out of those slums and into some decent apartments and I guarantee you'll have an easier time of it. It's called a "good faith" gesture. Only rule: don't renege.
2.a. Also, you might want to avoid displays like this one:
In the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya, a large crowd gathered outside the bomber's home to praise the attack. "Mohammed be happy. You will go directly to heaven," the crowd chanted, while children held pictures of the bomber. He looked pensive in one image, and held a machine gun in another.If there's a better way to make people doubt your good intentions, I haven't heard of it.
3. On the upside of things . . . 200 killed ain't bad. 200 of theirs, that is.
4. Finally, here's a list of the top 10 myths about Iraq. It's a logical breakdown of some of the main talking points. Good stuff.