Featured Articles — October 17, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

Reality can’t interfere with “diplomacy.” — Wall Street Journal Editorial
The silence from the Bush Administration over Israel’s recent bombing of a site in Syria gets louder by the day. U.S. officials continue to look the other way, even as reports multiply that Israel and U.S. intelligence analysts believe the site was a partly constructed nuclear reactor modeled after a North Korean design.

College Try — Rhodes Cook
Will changing the how we elect presidents be the latest California trend?

 The Microsofting of Google  — Holman Jenkins
That Microsoft is leading the lobbying charge against Google’s pending acquisition of DoubleClick is ironic for a lot of reasons

Democratic Pandering to the Middle Class — George Will
Explaining a simple proposal to help people squirrel away gold for their golden years, Hillary Clinton said that a person “should not require a Ph.D. to save for retirement.” But can even Ph.D.s understand liberalism’s arithmetic and logic?

Cameras, Crooks, and Deterrence — Theodore Dalrymple
Constant surveillance seems to have had little effect on Britain’s sky-high crime.

Lebanon’s government by murder – David Schenker
An assassination campaign is targeting the pro-Western parliamentary majority.

What Rice must do to pave way for Mideast peace deal — Dennis Ross
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East on a trip designed to help prepare for the meeting she intends to convene with Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states at the end of November. She has a great deal of work to do and not a lot of time to do it, particularly given her objective.

The Mukasey Hearing — Washington Post Editorial
Maybe senators will have better luck getting answers than they did from his predecessor.

Want Protection From Breast Cancer? Have Some Babies — Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D.
Yes, yes, I know: Betty Friedan, founding mother of feminism, is convulsing in her grave. I hear her cry: here goes forty years of progress down the drain!

The Horn, the List and the Risks — New York Times Editorial
Eritrea and Ethiopia seem well on their way to starting yet another destructive war. Tensions between the two Horn of Africa countries have hovered near a boiling point ever since Eritrea wrenched its independence from Ethiopia.

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