The Kensington Review

21 March 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 35
Dems’ War Bill Salted with Pork -- Any hopes that the Democrats would lay off the pork barrel spending when they took control of Congress were pipedreams at best. Less than 100 days into the new Congress, a bill that would call for an end to US involvement in Iraq-Nam by August 31, 2008, includes special spending designed to pull conservative Democrats and even Republicans into the “yea” column. While there may well be good reasons for some of the projects, one can’t help but think that it’s bribery pure and simple. What does it say about American democracy when an unpopular war may be ended not by the votes of those who oppose it, but by the votes of those who are securing subsidies for their constituents?

Sudanese President Denies Genocide Citing American Fabrications -- Last night on NBC, Ann Curry interviewed President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the man currently ruining Sudan. She waved a photo under his nose and accused his government of cooperating with the militias that have made Darfur in Western Sudan a living hell. The president replied, “What do you think about the picture that Colin Powell presented before the national security that confirmed and illustrated the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? What do you think about it?” Then he added, “This picture is the same fabrication and the same picture as the ones Colin Powell presented about Iraq.” That’s the trouble with governments that stretch the truth; they lose the ability get others to believe them.

Dubai Aerospace Wants to Buy US Aerospace Assets -- The hue and cry from all parts of the nation over the proposed sale of US ports to an investment arm of the United Arab Emirates may erupt again. The Financial Times reports that the UAE wants to buy “part of Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero, which both provide engine repair and overhaul aviation services,” through the Dubai Aerospace Enterprise [DAE]. The security issues here are much different than in the ports case, but American politics and security concerns probably won’t realize that. This deal will get the same treatment, even if it shouldn’t.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Fight Malaria -- Despite the efforts of mankind, malaria remains one of the biggest killers of human beings on the planet. Some 400 million annually suffer its effects, and 1-3 million die each and every year from the disease, most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is readily preventable, and it can be treated relatively cheaply. There is no reason for these deaths beyond a lack of political will. This journal pleads guilty to the charge of being a bit of a bore on the subject. So a recent announcement that genetically modified mosquitoes could help fight the spread of malaria is grounds for a cautious optimism.

© Copyright 2007 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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