The Kensington Review

6 November 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 131
Army Times Calls for Rumsfeld’s Resignation Again -- As the website says, the Army Times is part of the Military Times Media group, consisting of the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. Owned by Gannet, they are probably the papers most focused on the needs of the folks in uniform, from R&R in their travel section, to information on living on a new base; the writers’ main purpose is to address the special information needs of Americans in uniform. This morning, all four papers ran an editorial calling for the replacement of Field Marshal Donald von Rumsfeld as US Secretary of Defense.

US Lobbies for Top UN Peacekeeping Job -- Sometimes, it is necessary to read foreign papers to figure out what’s happening in one’s own country. While the American media makes a big to-do about Tuesday’s elections, they have missed a significant move by US diplomats to secure the top UN peacekeeping job for an American general. If successful, this would change much about UN peacekeeping and much about American foreign policy. And one had to read about it in The Times from London, not the one from New York.

Congress Surprises Itself by Abolishing Iraq Special Inspector General -- It wasn’t in the House version of the military spending bill. Nor was it in the Senate’s version. But thanks to staffers in Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office, the conference committee version carried it. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction is going to shut down on October 1, 2007. That means Halliburton, Parsons and the others who have turned a megabuck or two by trying and failing to rebuild Iraq may continue to do so without worrying about getting caught.

Bonfire Night Wrecked by Nanny State -- Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes’ Night, commemorates the foiling of a Catholic plot to blow up Parliament. “Remember, remember the Fifth of November/Gunpowder, treason and plot./ I see no reason why gunpowder, treason/Should ever be forgot” goes the children’s rhyme. Fireworks and bonfires the night of November 5 are quite appropriate given the role black-powder played in British history. Thanks to the way the Nanny State has begun over-managing things, perhaps, Mr. Fawkes should have succeeded.

© 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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