The Kensington Review

25 October 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 126
Casey and Khalilzad’s Press Conference is More Nonsense -- General George W. Casey, Jr., the top US commander in Iraq, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador in Iraq, held a press conference yesterday to shore up support for the war. It is astonishing that, having fought in Iraq longer than the US fought Hitler, America faces any opposition there at all. However, the strategy has been wrong from day one, nor has it evolved properly. And as a result, His Excellency the Ambassador’s best line was “success in Iraq is possible and can be achieved on a realistic timetable.” Sure, it’s a slam dunk, a cakewalk, victory in Iraqnam is just around the corner.

Chinese Ideology Hampers Corruption Crackdown -- The People’s Republic of China is in the middle of a crackdown on corruption. Xinhua, the official news agency, reported that 17,500 people have been punished for corruption since the beginning of the year and 67,500 since the beginning of 2003. The authorities appreciate the need to root out shady dealings, bribes and the like. The trouble is the most effective ways to eliminate corruption are against Chinese Communist ideology.

Enron’s Skilling Gets 24 Years -- Former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced on Monday to 24 years and four months in prison. Under federal rules, he has to do 85% of that time; lax parole is a state law idea. This means that the 52-year-old criminal won’t get out until he’s at least 73 years old. With the government taking most of his assets as well, he’ll get to live out his retirement dirt poor, just as he left so many others.

Lucy to Spend 6 Years Touring USA -- To some, it may be a great deal of fuss over a bunch of old bones. However, the government of Ethiopia has agreed to one of the most important educational and spiritual events imaginable. The skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis dubbed “Lucy,” which was discovered in 1974, along with 190 artifacts, will leave her native land in June to spend six years at museums in America.

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