The Kensington Review

9 February 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 18
Watada’s Court Martial is Poor Case for Peaceniks -- First Lieutenant Ehren Watada has refused to join his unit in Iraq, arguing that the war there is illegal and that by reporting he would effectively be engaging in a war crime. His believes himself honor bound and under legal compulsion to refuse an illegal order. He has stated he would gladly serve in Afghanistan and that he is not a pacifist. On Wednesday, his court martial, which has drawn huge support from the anti-war crowd, ended in a mistrial, and a new date has been set for March 19. Interestingly, as a matter of international law, the lieutenant hasn’t got much of a case.

North Korean Talks Progress -- Sometimes, negotiations in world diplomacy make the most progress when the parties involved have exhausted themselves with intransigence. This seems to be the case in the six-party talks about the North Korean situation that opened yesterday in Beijing. For months, the US and North Korea have been sniping at one another, while the Russians, Chinese, South Koreans and Japanese have shaken their heads in frustration. Now, the North Koreans and the Americans both need a deal. As a result, the initial reports say progress has been made.

Ford’s Mulally Resurrects Taurus Brand -- Ford Motor’s Chief Executive Alan Mulally has made at least one right decision since taking over in September. He has reversed the bone-headed move to scrap the Taurus name. “How can it go away?” he remembered asking in an MSNBC interview. “It’s the best-selling car in America.” So effective right away, the 2008 edition of the Ford Five Hundred sedan is going to be known as the 2008 Ford Taurus. The only question is whether the car will live up to its heritage.

Cornwell Excels with Lords of the North -- Bernard Cornwell has had more than his share of books published, and most novelists would be grateful for the kind of reviews he receives. His saga of Richard Sharpe, set in the Napoleonic Wars, won him accolades right, left and center. Now, he has released the third in his Saxon Tales, a volume called Lords of the North. It will rightfully be successful.

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