I thought Assad would be gone by now. With all the violence he has ordered, losing may not be an option. It seems that as long as Russia supports him, and China on the Security Council, he might hold on. The Kofe Annan peace process might have been expected to work. He did such a great job with Rwanda.
It’s been pointed out that the only reason Assad is still around is that Syrians didn’t have weapons. They are getting them now. It won’t be long.
It seems that one is as crazy as the other. Only Tehran seems bent on inciting Israel to war. Indeed, war should be here soon.
The Republicans seem to feel they’ll win in 2012 if they chop up our already meager safety net, as well as threaten unions, pensions, and all manner of deals agreed upon over the years. This in the face of growing inflation and a real possibility of recession returning, if not worse. This is setting the poor against the declining middle class. It is also Magical Thinking.
Democrats say raising taxes is a needful thing to balance the budget. Given the growing inflation, whether acknowledged or not, and our continuing recession, whether acknowledged or not, this isn’t only harmful, it’s Magical Thinking.
Congratulations to the Mavericks and their owner, Mark Cuban. It should be no surprise. Mr. Cuban proved he could manage a Dairy Queen, though he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. But the Mavs are an old team. They hadn’t in all their years found anyone they could beat. Ever. And then there was the Heat. The Dallas Mavericks are N.B.A. champions. The Heat shouldn’t be too glum. They like themselves sufficiently, whether or not anyone else does, and I heard a report that ‘The Biggest Loser’ TV people are holding a casting call in Miami in just a few weeks. The Heat should be a lock for that.