"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Coming: Condi as First Officer-the policy debate 

I haven't blogged up in almost a week. However, over the next couple of days, we'll be posting about the problems and possible approaches that will face the incoming Secretary of State.

Until tonight then, back to reading Victor Davis Hanson's Carnage and Culture. Am doing research for a novel of World War II, Panzer Lehr. Between my research and the yearly rituals of Thanksgiving, I have been derelict in my duties.

Meantime, Dr. Rice and the President are wrapping up a 48 hour visit to Canada. There were no announcements in yesterday's joint presser with Canadian PM Paul Martin that there would be a relief of the ban on Canadian beef imports, but I imagine that Bush would like to put that issue to bed as soon as possible. He is probably holding out for some increase in Canadian support for Iraqi reconstruction, an issue that is problematic for a minority Government such as that led by Martin (who has to go to the left NDP to get legislation passed).

One of the things that I found interesting was today's column by William McKenzie of the Dallas Morning News. Rice is mentioned only once, but McKenzie appears to have figured out what Bush is doing as he reconstructs his cabinet for a Second Term. It's worth the read.

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