The Kensington Review

15 September 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 110
GOP Revolt over Military Tribunals and Warrantless Wiretaps -- Since the Supreme Court held the administrationís plans to try suspected terrorists by military tribunal to be illegal, the Republican White House has tried to get legislation through congress to legalize the tribunals. The gutless, rubber-stamp 109th Congress, however, suddenly grew a backbone. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and John Warner (R-VA) donít back the administrationís bill, and Senator Warnerís committee is considering an alternative bill. In the House, warrantless wiretapping is having a hard time. At stake are values, real honest American values.

NATO Canít Find 2,500 More Troops for Afghanistan -- On Wednesday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization acknowledged that its members hadnít pledged the 2,500 troops for Afghanistan that it had requested. After this rather shabby announcement, Poland (which used to be part of the Warsaw Pact, which opposed NATO in the Cold War) said it would send 1,000. Polandís gesture is far from empty, but it does little to allay the fears that the Forgotten Front in Afghanistan remains forgotten. What little the world remembers comes in the form of body counts, which are hardly the best way to measure success.

Russian Central Banker Whacked by Mob -- Andrei Kozlov was a member of the First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. He led the fight against money-laundering in Russia and revoked the licenses of over 40 banks for misbehavior. That annoyed a great many, and Wednesday night, someone had him rubbed out just like the mafiosky they are. Now, Comrade President Putinís government has its credibility on the line, and the question now is, just who runs Russia?

Clan MacDonald of Keppochís New Chief Installed -- On Wednesday, Ranald Alasdair MacDonald officially was installed as the 32nd chief of the MacDonalds of Keppoch, an honor for which he has struggle for more than 30 years. With regard to his opposition, he said, ďIím not here to make excuses or defend my position. Iíve already done all that legally.Ē Rory MacDonald of Blarour, who opposes Ranaldís ascension, said, ďWe have ignored him pretty successfully until now, and I think we will be able to go on ignoring him.Ē

© 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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