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Hillary Clinton: Collateral Damage

March 29, 2008

By Eugene Robinson
The Washington Post 
Friday, March 28, 2008; Page A19

Talk about not being able to catch a break. To pummel a boxing metaphor, it was Barack Obama who got tagged with a roundhouse right, flush on the chin — but it was Hillary Clinton, from early indications, who ended up nursing a sore jaw and wondering what hit her.

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, ...
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., campaigns at Sara’s Diner in Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday, March 28, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A week of hearing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright‘s jeremiads more or less continuously on cable news channels seemed certain to hurt Obama politically. Indeed it did — but only slightly, according to a new NBC NewsWall Street Journal poll. The candidate who really suffered, according to the same poll, was Clinton.

Clinton must look back at dodging bullets in Bosnia and bringing peace to Northern Ireland as mere walks in the park compared with this crazy campaign. Then again, accurate recollection hasn’t been her strong suit of late.

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‘Get It Done’

August 10, 2007

By Peggy Noonan
The Wall Street Journal
August 10, 2007

In the lives of interesting people, there are bound to be interesting events. This is about one in the life of Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Gen. Petraeus of course will be all over television in September, reporting to Congress on the war, and America will be getting used to him. He is not in an easy position. The left and most Democrats are invested in the idea of Iraq as disaster. The right and most Republicans placed their bets on the president and the decision to invade.

Normal Americans just want Iraq handled. They want America to succeed: for the war to end in a way and time that prove if possible that the Iraq endeavor helped the world, or us, or didn’t make things worse for the world, or us. My hunch: The American people have concluded the war was a mistake, but know from their own lives that mistakes can be salvaged, and sometimes turned to good.

Whatever ….

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Rights groups shine Olympic spotlight on China

August 6, 2007

by Karl Malakunas

BEIJING (AFP) – The Olympic spotlight is making the communist rulers of China more vulnerable to global pressure than ever before, rights groups and activists say as they ready for 12 months of intense campaigning.

Threatening to spoil the Beijing Olympic party are issues such as the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region that has left hundreds of thousands dead, China’s rule over Tibet, and its domestic curbs on religion and the media.

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War in Iraq: Democratomyopia

July 23, 2007

Mona Charen
The Washington Times
July 23, 2007

I am convinced, based on everything I have read, it won’t be a hell of a lot worse than it is now.
Rep. John P. Murtha

Jack (redeploy to Okinawa) Murtha of Pennsylvania was speaking of Iraq after an American pullout. He’s not worried, nor are most Democrats now urging America to flee Iraq. There really ought to be a name for the “it can’t get worse” fallacy. For the moment, let’s just call it Democratomyopia. …

Echos from Vietnam…..

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