My recent work at Post Right

“Friedersdorf on Happy Meal-Conservative Talk Radio”: Conor ably calls out Mark Levin, et alios

Caritas in Veritate: Pope Benedict has a social encyclical due at month’s end.

“Call Me Skeptical”: Netanyahu, in my humble estimation, is a snake. A “sovereign” Palestine, as he envisions it, will be no freer of Israel than George W. Bush was of Dick Cheney.

“My Only Thoughts on Perplexing Persian Politics”: I sympathize with the reformists (although I question the reformist credentials of Mousavi), but believe that complete American inaction is the best course of American action.


You know, I love aristocracy.

Moreover, the thought of a Catholic bishop in the House of Lords (which, I believe, needs to be granted more power, rather than to be further stripped thereof) elates me. He’s not perfect (as none of us are), but “Lord Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor” has a nice ring to it, eh. Perhaps next, now that a Catholic cleric of Irish descent can sit in Lords, the Stuarts may regain their rightful place on the throne from the Continental usurpers.

Senator Biden “hasn’t hear how [McCain’s] policies on Pakistan are going to be different from George Bush’s

I haven’t heard how Senator Obama’s will be different.

And Palin agrees!

She’s glad that Biden and she agree on their “love for Israel”. Didn’t she just say that a “two-state solution is the solution”? W.t.f.?

Why I can’t effing vote for Obama-Biden

Joe Biden: “No-one has been a bigger friend to Israel.”

Nice job, d’-bag.

Speaking of Pakistan

“Pakistan’s New Leader Denies Firefight as Mullen Confirms It”

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday denied that American and Pakistani forces exchanged fire along the Afghanistan border this week, even as the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff acknowledged that the two sides engaged in a brief firefight.

Zardari told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that Pakistani border forces shot warning flares Thursday at two U.S. helicopters that he believes inadvertently crossed into Pakistani territory from Afghanistan. He said there was no gunfire exchanged between the two sides.

Senator Obama, in last night’s debate:

Nobody talked about attacking Pakistan. Here’s what I said.

And if John wants to disagree with this, he can let me know, that, if the United States has Al Qaida, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out.

Now, I think that’s the right strategy; I think that’s the right policy.

Now, admittedly, at least as he has worded it here, and, presumably, before, this is a slightly more nuanced (maybe) policy than what President Bush has employed, but, ultimately, they share the same view, to wit, that securing America involves the violation of the sovereignty of a nation-state, even a quasi-ally, such as Pakistan. Let us be thankful, at least, that this alleged firefight brought about no casualties. Senator Obama, supporting such policy as this, would, I suspect, not wish to fail to keep the promise that he made to the mother in Green Bay. Just as he wished to keep the promise not to support the USA PATRIOT Act? Just as he wishes to keep his word that he offers a saner foreign policy than McCain will, except for when he holds the same views vis-à-vis Russia and Iran?

It’s only one o’clock and, already, I feel as if I need beer.

Kim Jong Ill

From the Post:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il did not appear at North Korea’s 60th-anniversary parade yesterday, lending credence to intelligence reports that he may be gravely ill after suffering a stroke.

Anyone know what sort of succession plan he really has in place? Might the death of Kim encourage a greater likelihood of reunification? Isn’t it swell that his name sets up the pun so well?

Then, of course, we have this:

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is not ill, a top official in the secretive state was quoted as saying on Wednesday, dismissing speculation of a possible power shift in the world’s first communist dynasty.