Listen to these kids. They're wise beyond their years. I couldn't look Jim, Dona, Jess, Ty, or "Ava" in the eye and tell them I think they're wrong. These kids already have more common sense and maturity in their fingertips than some MSM reporters have in the entirety of their hollow skulls.
In the age of the Internet, new journalists are maturing and they know there's no going back. Our leaders need to be consistent and they need to make sense. They need to tell the truth.
In their future, the Judith Millers will not get away with what this Judith Miller got away with. Presidents will not get away with lying a nation into war.
How did THIS generation of journalists and editors let them get away with it?
John Edwards to Co-Chair Council Task Force on Russian-American Relations
John Edwards and Jack Kemp will co-chair the Council on Foreign Relations' new Independent Task Force. They will review current U.S. policy toward Russia and make recommendations on future policy - from global security to Russia's evolution as a democratic state.
Issues which they will focus upon making recommendations are:
Co-operating against terrorism Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction Strategic energy partnerships (De-)Democratization Russia's relations with its neighbors Cold War legacy issues Chechnya
I'm glad Sen. Edwards is co-chairing this Task Force. To me, it's almost like an answer to a prayer.
If you read my thoughts after the Beslan tragedy, (and before the 2004 election), you will see that I asked a question:
"We can either proceed with our unilateral war on terror and push US/Russian relations toward a new cold war or we can start offering some genuine diplomacy....
Every one of our actions should be geared for the strength of America in pure harmony with a caring for liberty and justice for all throughout our world.
Ask yourself who will lead us to the strongest and truly safer America when you vote on November 2. Is it the man who cuts down and mocks international alliances or the man who promises to restore and strengthen them?"
It's good to know Sen Edwards will be there. Honestly, I'll sleep better at night knowing he's there.
Other task force members are as follows:
Stephen E. Biegun (Ford Motor Company), Coit D. Blacker (Stanford University), Robert D. Blackwill (Barbour Griffith & Rogers, International), Antonina W. Bouis(Andrei Sakharov Foundation), Mark F. Brzezinski (McGuire Woods, LLP), Richard R. Burt (Dilligence, Inc.), Lorne W. Craner (International Republican Institute), Robert J. Einhorn (Center for Strategic & International Studies), John L. Gaddis(Yale University), John A. Gordon (General, USAF, Retired), James A. Harmon (Harmon & Co.), Steven E. Hellman (OILspace, Inc.), Fiona Hill (The Brookings Institution), George Joulwan (General, USA, Retired; One Team, Inc.), Clifford A. Kupchan (Eurasia Group), Jessica T. Mathews (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Michael A. McFaul (Hoover Institution), David R. Slade (Allen & Overy), Walter B. Slocombe (Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered), Strobe Talbott (The Brookings Institution), Judyth L. Twigg (Virginia Commonwealth University), Margaret D. Williams (World Wildlife Fund), Daniel H. Yergin (Cambridge Energy Research Associates), Dov S. Zakheim (Booz Allen Hamilton).
"...how in the world are we supposed to believe that employment by a significant Washington player and probable presidential candidate [John McCain] of a spouse of a reporter [Brownstein] who covers Washington players and probable presidential candidates won't affect Brownstein's judgments?"
"...when you take content from correspondents around the world, organize it in an easy to navigate form, and deliver the eyeballs that it attracts to advertisers, you've created something that looks rather a lot like . . . a newspaper. But it's a very different kind of newspaper, one that takes advantage of the big-media capabilities that, thanks to technological progress, are now in the hands of individuals worldwide.
"..This division between the nuclear haves and nuclear have-nots is not new, and neither is the failure of an NPT review conference (which has happened once before)....What is new is the lack of concern shown by an American administration over the failure to strengthen the nonproliferation regime. While other countries sent foreign ministers to the conference, all we could do was send a mid-level state department official. Rice, so we were told, couldn't even find one hour to fly up to New York anytime this month.
What explains this lackadaisical attitude towards a treaty that is meant to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and help prevent weapons or materials from falling into the hands of terrorists (which Bush in his debate with Kerry last year agreed constituted the gravest threat to America's security)?"
Today, the US military will lay to rest Colonel David H. Hackworth -- among its most decorated heroes of all time -- at Arlington National Cemetery. A recipient of two Distinguished Service Medals, 10 Silver Stars, eight Bronze Stars, and eight Purple Hearts, his bravery consisted not only of his service and heroism during WWII and the Korea and Viet Nam wars, but more predominantly of the fact that he questioned the Pentagon when his fellow soldiers wanted to, but didn't feel comfortable raising complaints with superiors. A father figure to thousands of grunts, he wouldn't have cared that Washington's top Brass is shunning him today. I'll bet a league of angel Vets are gathering in Heaven this morning to guide David to a shining place.
Bryan Bender has written a great tribute to Hackworth. [ Boston Globe ]