JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: THE FIGHT WE'RE IN. It's become increasingly clear that Bush isn't going to concede it's time to get out of Iraq. So Terence Samueltackles the question of how the Democrats should go about forcing a troop withdrawal.
THEY WORK HARD FOR THE MONEY, SO YOU BETTER TREAT 'EM RIGHT. I didn't have any luck getting anyone to join my last crusade, and I've given up on it myself, so here's another, inspired by the Tyler CowenTimes op-ed on inequality that J.flagged this morning:
NO, THIS IS THE BEST ONE.Without doubt, Kapuscinski�s greatest book is Shah of Shahs. I read it long ago. I remember I was over at my friend David�s house, and he was out doing something, so I just picked up this thin book off his shelf that looked sort of interesting. I was spellbound. Everything he wrote was at least very good, good enough that I was troubled briefly when suspicions began to arise that he kinda sorta embellished stuff, but I decided quickly that I wouldn�t be troubled, because his writing was so full of capital-T Truth that it didn�t matter to me that much.
THE RICH AREN'T THAT MUCH HAPPIER. So says Tyler Cowen in a New York Timesopinion piece which argues that income inequality in the United States isn't such a bad thing, really. Cowen presents many arguments but the one I want to highlight here is the idea that inequality in happiness is not as great as inequality in income, and, my friends, it is happiness that really counts! Cowen states:
I must not understand something about journalism. I thought reporters are supposed to seek out the views of neutral commentators on important issues, not just those who have a clear stake in pushing a particular line.
KAPUSCINSKI ADDENDUM. To briefly add to Tara's note: the only Kapuscinski book I've read is Another Day of Life, about the Angolan civil war, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Riveting, funny, very sad.
WELL-TIMED. It is peculiarly appropriate that the inner workings of the Vice President's Office in the midst of the crisis over the justification of the war in Iraq should be laid bare in the Scooter Libby trial on the same day that news is spreading of Cheney's alarming interview with Wolf Blitzer. This is Bush's war, but from beginning to end (whenever that may be), Cheney will have been the motivating ideological force behind it.
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: HORN OF PLENTY. Western Africa is the latest frontier in Bush's "war on terror," and the Defense Department is looking to set up an African Command. The conflict in Somalia isn't helping matters. WritesJason Motlagh: