The Kensington Review

18 August 2004

Latest Commentary:
Bush Announces Repositioning of US Forces -- President Bush announced on Monday the repositioning of US military personnel around the world. About 60,000-70,000 troops will return to bases in the US. While the Democrats cried "politics," more detached observers can easily see the wisdom in this realignment of military assets. Moreover, since these moves won't begin until at least 2006, there is plenty of time to make sure that security concerns continue to be met. Mr. Bush and his team got this one right.

British Charge Eight with Terrorist Crimes -- The British know a thing or two about fighting low-intensity conflicts and terrorism. One of the joys of empire is quelling the local uprisings so that the sun may never set, and so on. The US, which is relatively new to the game (preferring total war and unconditional surrender followed by trade credits), stands to learn a great deal in the coming months by paying attention to the eight charged Tuesday under the Britain's Terrorism Act 2000.

Governor of Brazil's Central Bank Joins Cabinet -- The governor of Brazil's Central Bank, Henrique Meirelles, received cabinet status recently. Were this a simple matter of bank independence, it would be right to condemn this as an attempt to control the central bank. However, since Mr. Meirelles is under investigation for tax evasion, it is even worse. Under Brazilian law, he can now only face prosecution in the nation's supreme court. One political leader called it "an enormous demonstration of political ineptitude." He was not exaggerating.

US Men's Basketball Team Embarrassed by Commonwealth of Puerto Rico -- The golden age of American Basketball is long gone. The original Dream Team was a basketball fan's fantasy, the best America had, not just some college kids sent out to embarrass the Soviet pros. It was Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird along with Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, and Christian Laettner, the token college kid. The American team that lost to Puerto Rico (not even a country in its own right, but a Commonwealth of the US) 92-73 lacked Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant. There are many excuses, but the truth appears to be a lack of patriotism.



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