Saturday, February 24, 2007

The kettle called the pot black - Hillary on the attack

 The Clinton campaign demanded that Barack Obama denounce comments made by the DreamWorks movie studio founder, who told New York Times [NYT] columnist Maureen Dowd in Wednesday’s editions that while ”everybody in politics lies,” the former president and his wife ”do it with such ease, it’s troubling.”  In fact, Obama has been told to give back Geffen’s $2,300 contribution.

What’s the problem?  He was just saying what everyone has been thinking.  Democrats have long admired the Clinton’s for their Clintonian distortion of the truth and Teflon armor that thwarts their detractors from holding them accountable for anything. 

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new shrill commandment for the 2008 presidential field: Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband.

With a swift response to attacks from a former supporter last week, advisers to the New York Democrat offered a glimpse of their strategy for handling one of the most awkward chapters of her biography. They declared her husband's impeachment in 1998 -- or, more accurately, the embarrassing personal behavior that led to it -- taboo, putting her rivals on notice and all but daring other Democrats to mention the ordeal again.

Let’s hold Hillary to the same standard regarding Obama’s alleged Muslim upbringing, shall we?

Friday, February 9, 2007

Diplomacy Offers Hope

Since 2003, more than 200,000 people have died in Darfur while another 2.5 million have been displaced by the violence caused mainly by Jingaweit militias supported by the Sudanese government. Is diplomacy the answer? Some say yes:

Even though policymakers in both the Bush administration and Congress increasingly are frustrated by the Sudanese government's reluctance to end the violence in Darfur, analysts agree diplomacy still offers the best solution to the crisis that began in early 2003.

On February 8, President Bush's Special Envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the crisis in Darfur, saying the United States was "appalled by the atrocities of the war, particularly those against civilians."

Darfur: Fresh Round of Attacks on Civilians

From the UN News Center

Armed men assaulted and attempted to abduct a group of female internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had been on their way to collect firewood in Darfur, the latest violent incident to plague the war-torn region, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today.

The Mission said Arab nomads attacked the IDPs about four kilometres from Kalma camp in South Darfur on Tuesday, and tried to abduct one of the women but failed.

In separate incidents in South Darfur, locals broke into the office of a non-governmental organization (NGO) at Kass and looted it during a demonstration, while a fire broke out at a camp for IDPs in El Sereif, near the provincial capital of Nyala.

The incidents occurred as the joint commission established to oversee last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) issued a communiqué yesterday condemning the recent surge in attacks against humanitarian workers and members of the African Union (AU) monitoring force known as AMIS.

The communiqué, which followed a meeting of the commission in North Darfur, was signed by representatives of the UN, the AU, the European Union, the United States as members, and Canada, France, the League of Arab States, the Netherlands, Egypt and the United Kingdom as observers.