Long weekend, lame news cycle
Nothing like a long weekend before a week off in Parliament to keep the news down. I'm also doing the Media Scout today, so expect this post to be a short one. Lebanon update The Globe and Mail was the only paper to report that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan confirmed the Syrian pullout from Lebanon. Remember? The thing that Bush said he was waiting for before he believed that Syria was committed to the withdrawal? Oh come on, Lebanon is so last month, we've moved on. Moving on All weekend, Afghan president Hamid Karzai was in the news. There were reports that U.S. soldiers were abusing and in one case killing Afghan detainees, and Karzai was pissed. He was going to walk into Bush's office and give him what for. I guess Mr. Bush must have given Karzai quite the dressing down, 'cause it was a humble, cowed Afghan president who stood by and watched Bush reject each and every one of his requests. The story was missed entirely by the Globe and given only wire service coverage in CanWest papers. I'm going to talk about this in great detail in the Media Scout post today, so please read it there. Two columnists raise Joe's ire David Frum uses his National Post soapbox to say that the recent electoral troubles facing France's Jacques Chirac and Germany's Gerhard Schroeder are well deserved, given their war-hatin', U.S. mistrustin', EU lovin' ways. He actually criticizes them for political opportunism. This is the same David Frum who worked as a speech writer for George W. Bush. He is responsible for the phrase "axis of evil." Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle. And Peter Worthington uses his column space to spew hate and disdain for Romeo Dallaire, a general with a much more honourable war record than his own. The Sun papers are kind enough to post their columns freely, so for fun, we're going to play a rousing game of "Megalomedia: The Home Edition." Check out Worthington's uneducated, poorly-reasoned waste of space here, then post your own analysis for all the world to see. The best rant gets some sort of prize, though not likely a good one. Okay, I have to get back to the Scout, but I look forward to reading your entries this afternoon. Happy rantin'!