Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Observant folks might be able to tell that I have changed my title. Tell me what you think of it.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Nearly three million dollars worth of equipment has gone missing from Los Alamos National Labratory.
Gee, if they keep this up, they might be half as bad as the EU when it comes to keeping track of money.
Oh, this makes me soooo confident in the inspectors abilites.
Inexperience marks team of inspectors
As the first UN inspectors land in Baghdad and resume work halted in 1998, they will have newer technology and a no-holds-barred mandate. But they will be lacking in one crucial area: experience.
Seventy-five percent of the roughly 270 UN inspectors from 48 countries will be visiting Iraq for the first time.
"It can be very disorienting to be in Iraq, and almost everything we saw was ambiguous," says Jonathan Tucker, a former UN bioweapons inspector. An inspector "may go into a facility and feel something is not quite right.... There can be very subtle clues of illicit weapons production. It's a very challenging task, especially if Iraq plans to conceal things."

75% percent of the inspectors have never been in Iraq? I wouldn't accept that figure for a group of tour guides, much less an inspection force pitted against the Iraqi army.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

A senior Al-Queda member has been arested in Yemen.
Suck it, Osama!
President Bush: "I loathe Kim Jong II. — I've got a visceral reaction to this guy because he is starving his people. It appalls me. — I feel passionate about this. — They tell me, well we may not need to move too fast, because the financial burdens on people will be so immense if this guy were to topple. — I just don't buy that."
(I got the quote here.)
The Iranian government blinked first.
Sucks to be Gore!
Only 1/3 of the Democratic party thinks that Gore should run again for President.
Abba Eban, Israel's most eloquent diplomat, has died at the ripe old age of 87. Abba Eban was an enourmously gifted speaker and writer who was invaluable in making the case for Israel. He was by all accounts, an extrodinary man. Say the kaddish for him if you can.