Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The New York Times > AP > Business > W.T.O. Authorizes Anti-Dumping Sanctions on U.S.:: A convoluted title, but the WTO is threatening to impose sanctions if the US doesn't change a law which restricts free trade.

This is a good sign to me. No matter who is elected as the next president, we might be entangled in foreign treaties enough to restrict significant action against free trade.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004

OpinionJournal - Featured Article::"A Rumsfeld Vindication"
Since Operation Enduring Freedom began in October 2001, the U.S. has handled about 50,000 detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq and other venues of the war on terror. Among those, about 300 allegations of abuse have arisen. And as of this month 155 investigations have resulted in 66 substantiated cases of mistreatment. Only about a third of those cases were related to interrogation, while another third happened at the point of capture, "frequently under uncertain, dangerous and violent circumstances."

So notes Tuesday's report from the Independent Panel to Review DOD Detention Operations, empowered in May by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and chaired by former Pentagon chief James Schlesinger. The report offers invaluable perspective on the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib and is devastating to those who've sought to pin blame on an alleged culture of lawlessness going all the way to the top of the Bush Administration. John Kerry must be even more disoriented by the Swift boat story than he appears if he thinks now's the time to call for Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation.

and then there's this:
"Citing Prison Abuse and Iraq 'Failures,' Kerry Demands That Rumsfeld Step Down"

Teeing off two reports detailing abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Senator John Kerry on Wednesday renewed his call for Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign, citing the need for "accountability that runs through the civilian command."

"It's not just the little person at the bottom who ought to pay the price of responsibility," Mr. Kerry told union members at a steamfitters hall in Philadelphia before heading to Green Bay. "Harry Truman had that sign on the desk and it said, 'The buck stops here.' The buck doesn't stop at the Pentagon. And in this case it doesn't just stop with any military personnel."

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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

IEM 2004 US Presidential Election Winner Takes All Market Price Graph:: Look to this graph often to see a better predictor of the elections than any poll. Markets work better than pollsters at predicting elections.
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Sunday, August 01, 2004

-- USATODAY.com - Poll: No boost for Kerry after convention
-- Nader more resolute than ever to keep presidential candidacy alive...
imply Kerry is toast. Most people decided before the convention, but those golden swing voters seem to be turned off to Kerry the more they see him.
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