Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Restrained, but very, very, very painful

Israel has been broadcasting this message into Gaza: “Israel is interested in your well-being. Is this the welfare that Hamas promised you?” They really do seem to be operating under the delusion that Palestinians will be turned against their elected government by Israeli bombing.

American ambassador to the UN John “Creepy Mustache” Bolton on a proposed resolution against the Israeli attack on Gaza: “We don’t see anything productive coming from it.”

Admittedly, it does seem just soooo last invasion. Israeli PM Olmert says that the Hezbollah capture of 2 Israeli soldiers was “an act of war” by the Lebanese government and that the Israeli response, which follows the Gaza model – bombing, destroying bridges, refusal to negotiate (which in general I would agree is the correct policy, although in both cases most of the prisoners that Hamas/Hezbollah want released are people Israel has no particular right to hold) – “will be restrained, but very, very, very painful.” Just ask Mrs. Olmert... no, I won’t go there.

Speaking of war crimes, Digby has an excerpt from Rick Perlstein’s forthcoming book Nixonland on Lt. Calley, well worth reading.

Robert Novak says his exchange with Karl Rove over Valerie Plame lasted just 20 seconds. Just ask Mrs. Novak... no, I won’t go there.

Putin is pissed at foreigners daring to criticize him for his anti-democratic attitude, telling NBC that he considers such criticism “completely unacceptable.” Uh, yeah, that pretty much sums up the problem right there. He also compared Cheney’s criticism on this subject to “an unsuccessful hunting shot.” Dude, leave the Dick-Cheney-shot-a-guy-in-the-face jokes to the professionals.

Custody battle for the loincloth Johnny Weissmuller wore as Tarzan (just the one, for twelve movies?).

Israel just fired rockets at Beirut International Airport. I’m sure that will resolve the situation. How could it not?

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