(Roy Edroso of Runnin’ Scared here. Even gadflies have to rest their wings sometimes, so Ward Harkavy is on vacation and I’m filling in as best I can for a few days. )
New York Times: “In Nuclear Net’s Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals“
Switzerland has destroyed evidence pertaining to a “family of Swiss engineers suspected of helping smuggle nuclear technology to Libya and Iran.” But our Government isn’t upset about it — it’s pleased, because the CIA had been secretly working with the same family to feed damaged nuclear provender to the same countries. While the Democrats have been pushing for worldwide nuclear inspection and controls for years, Republicans seems to prefer handling things with cloak-and-dagger operations. Your call as to which approach is less likely to get us blown up.
Washington Post: “ Experience Is Double-Edged Sword for The Ticket“
The Republicans think Joe Biden is a liability to the Democratic ticket. The VP candidate-designate and Obama have disagreed on some issues, particularly the war in Iraq, so the McCain campaign expects “a debate between Joe Biden and Barack Obama about whether Barack Obama has the judgment and experience to lead.” Biden cannot be expected to agree, and we recall another Vice-Presidential candidate who called his future boss a practitioner of “voodoo economics,” but hey, it got Republican spin on the front page of the WashPost. Not that that’s hard.
Los Angeles Times: “Beijing’s Olympic Triumph“
The 2008 Olympics “were a triumph for a people and a government determined to show their skill and confidence, as both athletes and organizers, to a world that once treated China as a weak, servile nation.” And nothing spoiled the party: the protest pens were quiet, since the Chinese Government failed to license any protests for them, and anyone who tried to mount an unlicensed demo was swiftly arrested. Now some Chinese hope, per the Toronto Globe and Mail, that their country can “solve its economic and social problems, especially inflation, the slumping stock market and the environment.” If they do, it won’t be because citizens of the People’s Republic, or of anywhere else, have anything to say about. Nor would we expect it to. And that’s China’s real triumph.