May 15th, 2008


Pakistan -- former US ally.

A US drone attack on Islamic militants in Pakistan has caused a significant international incident in that country, with Pakistan's new Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani,  saying,

"I strongly condemn this. It's absolutely wrong. It's unfair. They should not have done this action."

Gilani, a top member of assasinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's PPP party, apparently views US attacks in Pakistan as illegal. 

Interestingly enough, Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar said the U.S. missile strike was aimed at scuppering the peace talks with the government.

"They don't want peace in Pakistan and that's why they are doing it but we'll continue the talks." 

So, we've got a Taliban that is apparently on the verge of negotiating a peace treaty with the Pakistani government that would help secure their power base, allowing them to attack into Afghanistan more readily, a Pakistani government that supports such talks as a way of ending internal violence and unrest, and a U.S. government, apparently trying to stir dissent.

This does not bode well for the future of Afghanistan.    


California sez...

Marriage is marriage.  A right for all Americans. And it leaves what that means up to you. 

Today, several more of my friends are old married couples than yesterday. And why not, because every one of them have stayed together since they were married in San Francisco back in February 2004

And that goes a long way towards saying why, even with all its faults, I'm still a Californian. 

Wherein Kevin James is an idiot... and Chris Matthews is a hack.

It was a pleasure watching Chris Matthews tear this right-wing talk radio doofus a new one in this clip... 

Except, of course, that the clip also showed that Chris Matthews' own knowledge was pretty questionable, in that the Munich Agreement was in '38, not '39.

Maybe not a huge deal, but still... not exactly a sign of great historical knowledge on his part either. 

It was a nice trap... and it's nice to see Americans actually insist on some semblance of historical knowledge for a change, but you'd think Matthews would've been prepared for his own trap, frankly.