Pakistan is stepping it up
More than a dozen Taliban leaders have been arrested. The question at Hot Air is why?
The $64,000 question remains why Pakistan is suddenly so intent in rolling these guys up. I’ve been speculating about sticks and carrots that Obama might have used to get them to cooperate, but maybe neither are the case. Maybe instead Pakistan feared that the Taliban was about to go rogue by striking a peace deal with Karzai that would have reduced Islamabad’s influence inside the country to an unacceptable degree. (Baradar is reputed to be open to negotiations.) For more on that possibility, I recommend J.E. Dyer’s post this morning in the Greenroom. If his/her theory is correct, we’ve now reached a surreal moment in which Pakistan is pursuing the Taliban for possibly being too friendly to the United States.
At this point I am sticking with Occam’s Razor. The Taliban threatened the government, the government responded in it’s own self interest. The fact that Pakistan’s interest and America’s interest are coinciding at the moment in coincidental.
A debate at the NY Times on an idea to allow 10th graders proceed to college if they pass an American equivalent to the GCSE. I like the idea, but the one I like better is to do away with high school as we know it entirely and replace it with something approaching a community college. General college work for those that are interested and vocational training for those who wish to go that route. Make the last two years really mean something.
Hot Air points out that the media is deliberately misleading people into believing that the pilot of the plane that hit the building yesterday was a Tea Partier.
Follow the link and note the parts of the manifesto quoted by Capehart. Yes, of course the anti-Bush rhetoric and screeching about health care is omitted, but something even more revealing is omitted too. Here’s how Stack’s manifesto actually ended:
Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)
Another Black Conservative has more. The comments I saw at Capehart’s post are mostly calling him to account. Good. If you don’t think that is enough the contact info for the Washington Post ombudsman is email@example.com. The telephone number is 202-334-6000 or 800-627-1150. Personally I think polite well reasoned disagreement with Capehart’s hatchet job would probably be more than welcomed at a fine institution like the Post.
Former CPAC chair on CPAC – “Ronald Reagan would not have been welcome at today’s CPAC or a tea party rally, but he would not have wanted to be there, either. Neither do I.” Of course the arguments are reductio ad absurdem and not very well reasoned at that but then again it’s the Atlantic, home of Andrew Sullivan.