The Kensington Review

1 September 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 104
White House Starts PR Offensive on Iraq -- The White House has escalated the war over the War in Iraq with a new public relations offensive. It will run for three-weeks, culminating with Mr. Bush’s September 19 address to the UN. The offensive will lay out all the pretexts/reasons for the war and for persisting in fighting it. There is an old political saying, though, “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.”

Iran Calls Security Council’s Bluff -- Yesterday was the deadline the UN Security Council set for Iran to comply with its July 31 resolution calling on the Islamic Republic to halt enrichment of uranium. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report to the UNSC, Iran hasn’t done so. The next step might be economic sanctions against Iran, which won’t work. Or maybe Iran faces a stern lecture. The Pentagon believes Tehran won’t have The Bomb for another five years, and there isn’t much anyone can do to stop it.

Metlife May Sell Manhattan Properties Worth $5 Billion -- Metropolitan Life, which owns a great deal of real estate all over the place, is entertaining bids for two properties on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. The company has described the bids received thus far as “robust.” At around $5 billion, robust seems an understatement. It will be the biggest real estate deal in the city’s history.

Google’s Free Books Project Doesn’t Threaten Publishers -- Google has made it free to download books that are no longer under copyright. Book publishers are quietly upset worrying that no one will buy their classics anymore. They needn’t worry. Google’s approach is more like a wine-tasting at a vineyard; give the public a chance to try a little for free, and they’ll buy what they like.

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