The Kensington Review

4 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 92
Kensington Review Endorses Lamont in Connecticut Senate Primary -- Normally, a primary for a nomination to contest a US Senate seat doesn’t amount to much of a choice. Primaries within a party tend to magnify perceptions about disputes until mole hill-sized differences grow into mountains of Himalayan magnitude, which are then forgotten once the votes are counted. In Connecticut this year, the Democratic primary matters a great deal because there is a real difference. Ned Lamont is the candidate who backs a sensible Iraqi policy, while current Senator Joe Lieberman is a Vichy Democrat whose forced retirement is vital.

Generals Fighting Iraqi Civil War Tell Senate Iraqi Civil War is Avoidable -- This journal first used the words “civil war” in connection with the Iraqi mess in September 2003. Yesterday, General John Abizaid, the top US commander in the Middle East, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “Iraq could move toward civil war.” General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified, “we do have the possibility of that devolving into civil war.” Reality is creeping in if the generals who are fighting the Iraqi Civil War are being forced to admit there could be such a thing as an Iraqi Civil War. Now, they need to call a spade a spade.

Bank of England Hikes UK Interest Rate to 4.75% -- Inflation in the eurozone is running at 2.5%, half a percentage point above the European Central Bank’s target rate. The US rate trend is up, Japan has started raising rates for the first time in ages, and Australia hiked its rates earlier this week. Yesterday, the ECB raised the eurozone’s to 3.0% surprising no one. Also yesterday, the Bank of England raised rates to 4.75% surprising virtually everyone.

Mel Gibson Proves Alcohol Makes Him Dumb -- The huge kerfuffle over Mel Gibson’s drunk driving arrest (to say nothing of the hysteria among the media over his alleged remarks that were allegedly anti-Semitic) says more about the condition of the culture than it does about Mr. Gibson. Were he not a mega-star in Hollywood, it would have been just another arrest along a Malibu street of a loud-mouthed drunk. It might have made the “police blotter” column in a free weekly, but it wouldn’t have been a global story. The real question, though, is who cares what Mr. Gibson says when he’s had too much tequila?

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