1. The reaction to a former vice president's blistering attack on the current president is in itself as big an issue as the return of violence in Iraq. Several "conservative" luminaries have spoken about the fact that we were lied to, and that the Bush-Cheney-Rice-Wolfowitz cabal was all wrong. This NY Times piece speaks to all of this:
2. Nicolas Kristof speaks along the same theme, but is more specific as to the cost, the futile military exercise, and the errors of the past. He's right, and the cheerleaders (including our own Sen. Diane Feinstein) for returning to battle are wrong:
3. If oil was part of the equation on the immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and other parts of Central America entering this country, maybe more attention would be focused on a very large problems that is closer to home than Iraq. The problem is that very few people are aware of the exact problem, the size of the problem, and inadequate response we have to the problem. What is the problem, here is just a glimpse:
We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.
-- Cesar Chavez