The Kensington Review

30 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 103
Rumsfeld to Change Pentagon’s Policy Org Chart -- Secretary of Defense, Field Marshal Donald von Rumsfeld, wants to reorganize the Pentagon’s deck chairs for the first time since 1993. He believes that the existing structure was misaligned. He now wants a fifth assistant secretary to “oversee policy areas that cut across regional lines, such as security cooperation, partnership building, technology security policy and detainee affairs,” according to the Washington Post A better solution is to give control of US foreign policy back to the State Department.

Mahdi Army Defeats Green Zone Troops in Diwaniyah -- In Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad, Iraqi government troops backed by US air assets fought a 12-hour battle with militiamen of the Mahdi Army on Monday. If that isn’t the definition of a civil war, it is hard to say what is. Worse for those who believe in the US mission in Iraq, the Mahdi Army held the field at the end of the shooting. The Green Zone government lost, and it is hard to spin this any other way.

Oil, Gasoline Prices Drop as Weather Worries Fade -- On Tuesday, the American Automobile Association announced that the price of a gallon of gasoline reached an average price of $2.82, the lowest since April. On the same day, oil dripped below $70 a barrel, the first time that has happened since June. The downward move may signal the start of a trend, in part because the weather threat to US refining capacity has diminished in the minds of traders. In addition, the speculators may decide it’s time to book profits and find other pastures.

Ontario’s Lakehead University Uses Bush to Recruit Students -- Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada, has found a new tool in recruiting students, President Bush. Lakehead has set up a website,, which features a black-and-white photo of George “LBJ” Bush with a caption that reads, “Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn't necessarily mean you're smart.” Although the president of the Lakehead students’ union calls it “repugnant,” most of the visitors to the website like it, and more importantly, the website makes a good point. Mr. Bush proudly identified himself as a “C” student at Yale. There is no finer recommendation for electing only “A” students from Midwest or Californian colleges.

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