The Kensington Review

23 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 100
Bush Defends Open Ended Commitment in Iraq -- When one is in a hole, the old saw goes, the first thing to do is stop digging. Apparently, George “LBJ” Bush hasn’t figured out that bit of wisdom yet. The Iraqi Civil War is growing ever bloodier, and Mr. Bush still believes victory is merely a matter of persistence. In fact, it may be a matter of wishful thinking. At very least, victory needs a definition.

Tories Have 9 Point Lead over Blair’s Labour -- David Cameron, the new Conservative Party leader in the UK, is a toff, but he seems to be a very effective toff. With the Labour government flailing and failing, he has managed to rebrand the nasty party into a credible alternative to Mr. Blair’s mob. According to a Guardian/ICM poll published yesterday, the Tories lead Labour 40% to 31% with the Liberal Democrats rising 5% to 22%. If an election were held now, with Labour's support at 19-year lows, Mr. Cameron would have a 10 seat majority in the House of Commons.

Merkel Boasts of Growth While German Confidence Drops -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel (to whom President Bush gave the infamous St. Petersburg neck rub) crowed about Germany’s economic growth over the week-end. She proclaimed that the German economic doldrums had passed, stating that Germany was no longer “the sick man of Europe.” Someone should have told German investors, whose confidence has dropped to a five year low. Such mixed feelings.

Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” is Documentary Genius -- Spike Lee is one of the film world’s more interesting directors. As a film-maker, he finds ways to place cameras and move them around to enhance the scene being played. He doesn’t shy away from race relations in a nation still plagued by the legacy of slavery. And now, with “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” he proves he can make documentaries as well as anyone else in the business.

© Copyright 2006 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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