The Kensington Review

21 November 2005

Latest Commentary: Volume IV, Number 139
House Rejects Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq -- The House Republicans held a late night debate on Friday in an attempt to embarrass Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) over a statement he made suggesting that the US military can do no more in Iraq. In a grandstand move, they tabled a motion calling for an immediate withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, against which they intended to vote and which they hoped would force Democrats tacitly to accept Mr. Bush’s mis-leadership on the matter. What they accomplished was a debate that missed the popular media (although giving the Sunday talk shows fodder) and gave the Democrats political cover that they had been losing.

Sharon Quits Likud Leaving Israeli Politics Reeling -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel has agreed to elections in the next few months after a new Labour leader, a leftish trade unionist named Amir Peretz, won his party’s race for the job. The Likud-Labour coalition has overseen the withdrawal from Gaza, but it is out of steam. New elections will help, but Mr. Sharon decided to take on his right-wing rebels by leaving them to run for office without his leadership. Rather than force them out of the party, he’s setting up his own. Israeli politics will never be the same, and it doesn’t bode well for the peace process.

Not-Bankrupt GM Closing Plants -- The talk on Wall Street has been the imminent demise of Ford and General Motors. While the Street never gets things quite right, always the victim of excessive exuberance or excessive gloom, the two are in trouble. General Motors, and its troubles with supplier Delphi, was the target of Chapter 11 rumors last week. So, this morning, GM boss Rick Wagoner is announcing the closing of plants out of the 29 GM has in North America. The question is whether this is cost cutting the 30,000 layoffs represent will enough.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is Best of the Bunch “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” had its American opening this week-end; the Brits had first dibs. The fourth movie in the franchise brought in $100 million in its first three days of release amid much anticipation. Just about everything is right with the film, and it is the strongest of the bunch.

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