The Kensington Review

14 July 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 83
State Department’s ePassports are Coming, Be Afraid -- Nothing is more American than throwing technology at a problem. Sometimes, it works, and the world is astonished as Neil Armstrong walks on the moon. Other times, it fails, and the world wonders why the greatest military power in the world can’t beat a fourth-rate country whose troops dress in black pajamas. The State Department’s ePassport idea, which will be introduced next month, is pre-destined to be an example of the latter.

Brits and Aussies Hand Muthanna Province over to Iraqis -- For a long time, the neo-cons have claimed the media have ignored the good news out of Iraq. For just as long, their opponents have argued that there isn’t as much good news there are the neo-con-artists claim. However, yesterday, the British and Australians handed Muthanna Province over to Iraqi authorities. That’s good news regardless of what one thinks of the war.

Army Ending Halliburton’s No-Bid Contract -- The Washington Post reported that the US military is ending Halliburton Co.’s 10-year logistical contract, the no-bid contract that has been such a bone of contention. Halliburton says it has received “rave reviews” from the troops about its services. Still, the Pentagon says multiple contractors will give it pricing power and more protection if a contractor fails. The real question is why this contract lasted so long in the first place.

TNT Airs King’s “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” -- Turner Network Television went back to a tried and true television format on Wednesday night that has, regrettably, vanished from American television, the horror anthology. In addition, the network chose to adapt short stories to TV by an author who knows a little bit about horror writing, Stephen King. The result, ‘Nightmares and Dreamscapes,” was two hours of television that not only entertained but made one hopeful that quality writing and acting might replace “reality” as the next broadcasting fad.

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