The Kensington Review

22 August 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 101
Senator Levin Says Prime Minister Maliki Needs to Go -- Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and one of the more responsible leaders in Washington. He and his colleague John Warner (R-VA), another reliable foreign policy hand, have just returned from Iraq-Nam, and they have issued a joint statement that is, at best, mixed in its assessment of the situation. After issuing the statement, Senator Levin told journalists, I hope the parliament will vote the Maliki government out of office and will have the wisdom to replace it with a less sectarian and more unifying prime minister and government.

Rival Shi'ites Clash in Iraq-Namese Controlled Province -- The British handed control of security Muthanna Province over to the locals over a year ago, the first province to return to Iraq-Namese control. On Monday, Mohammed Ali al-Hassani, governor of Muthanna province, was on the receiving end of a roadside bomb blast. He died as did one of his bodyguards. He is the second governor of a south Iraq-Namese province to be blown up, and it is no coincidence that both were members Shi'ite Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council [SIIC, formerly the SCIRI or Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq]. SIIC is a rival to Moqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army and its political supporters, which appears to have set the bomb off.

Medicare to Cease Paying for Hospital Screw Ups -- Rarely does this journal agree with anything the Bush administration does in healthcare, but an exceptionally good decision creates an exceptional situation. Medicare is going to stop paying for conditions that could have been prevented by hospitals doing their jobs right. Starting in October 2008, any sponge left in a patient after an operation isn't going to be covered by Medicare.

NFL's Vick Takes Plea Deal on Dog Fighting Case -- Multi-millionaire Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons has taken a plea deal on charges that he was engaged in dog fighting. The evidence cropped up this spring when authorities went to a property he owned in rural Virginia on a drugs warrant. Cops found 66 dogs and a mass of dog fighting equipment. Mr. Vick originally claimed ignorance of everything that went on there. After three of his associates took plea deals, he made his own. Oddly, he won't be banned from life by the NFL for killing dogs in rather barbaric ways but may well suffer such a punishment for gambling on the fights

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