[Guest post by DRJ]
Assume that your neighbor’s home is invaded and she is attacked in her bed. Despite being seriously wounded in the attack, she grabs a nearby gun and unsuccessfully attempts to shoot the attackers. Another neighbor hears the commotion and enters the house but is killed by the attackers. The first neighbor flees, locking herself in her car and calls for help. The police were able to detain the attackers after a fight and with the use of pepper spray.
Frightening but it’s been known to happen, right?
[Guest post by DRJ]
The French government has changed its stance on Iraq:
“During a three-day visit to Baghdad that ended Tuesday, the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said that the time had come for France, and Europe, to play a greater role in Iraq.
“I believe this is the moment. Everyone knows the Americans will not be able to get this country out of difficulty alone,” Kouchner told the French radio station RTL on Tuesday before returning to Paris. “I really believe that depending on what happens here it will change the world.”
“This is about having an opinion and knowing what positive things one can do and what role France can play in this region,” he said, adding that Iraq was “expecting something” from France.”
[Posted by WLS]
I’m referring to Robert Novak’s recently published memoir of his 50 years reporting on politics, “The Prince of Darkness.” I highly recommend it to anyone who likes politics — especially politics from an era before you were old enough to understand.
I’ve been reading or watching Novak since the mid-1980’s when I came of age politically while living in Wash. DC., and was fond of watching him as a member of the original cast of The McLaughlin Group.
I haven’t sat down to read his book in big chunks, so my progress through it has been slow — but that has only extended what has been a very pleasant exercise.
I’ll post some of the anecdotes from the book as I find them over the next few days — not ordinary stuff, but some of the really significant events he describes.
But, here’s just a little background for those of you who aren’t familiar with the journey Novak has made over the course of a half-century in Washington:
[posted by Justin Levine]
At least that is how some would describe these findings.
[Update: Headline spelling of ‘Thieves’ corrected due to the watchful eyes of commentators.]