"For all the talk of timetables for Iraq, there has been little discussion of the timetable that must be handed to George W. Bush. The president cannot leave office with American troops still dying in an Iraq that staggers along just short of civil war, on behalf of no concrete objective other than 'get the job done,' which is now Mr. Bush's rhetorical substitute for 'stay the course.'"
"The Iraq war was a mistake. I know, I know. But I've never said it before. And I don't enjoy saying it now."
-Jonah Goldberg, editor, National Review
I've said it before, I've said it again. if you read no other news, check out today's columns by Dan Froomkin and Howard Kurtz. Both are excellent reads today, chock full of too many stories for me to quote and link.
* Continuing casualties from Israel's clusterbombs increase the hardship on life in Palestine.
* Doonesbury brings home the reality of the war wounded.
* Scalia discusses the shifting role of the Supreme Court.
* E. J. Dionne Jr. on the rise of the radical center. Meanwhile, the independent vote gains strength in the southwest.
* Lieberman shows his true colors.
* The medical questions surrounding the dust at Ground Zero. (In the future, this is going to be big news.)
* Slate reviews prepackaged lunches. (Courtesy judithiscariot.)
* LATimes on the rise of John Hodgman.
* Coca-Cola to donate land for a proposed civil rights museum.
* "Grave robbers in Egypt have unwittingly helped archaeologists discover the tombs of three royal dentists."
Ew. As airlines are hemorrhaging money, the planes themselves are getting cleaned less and less often.
New documentary on Sesame Street worldwide.
"The book's thesis can't be overstated: Dubose and Bernstein think Cheney is a threat to the republic on a scale unseen since the Civil War."