Friday, May 14, 2004

DAILY 7: Nick Berg, Rumsfeld, Iraq myths, nuclear option, prisoner pictures, tv ratings and fantasy baseball 

Nick Berg story
An adventurous and trusting Nick Berg comes across in this story. When reading the cheery and enthusiastic e-mails sent to his newfound friends and colleagues you can't help but get choked up.

She's a hero, he's the scapegoat
Charles Krauthammer compares reactions to Janet Reno's handling of Waco with Rumsfeld's prison scandal.
Democrats calling for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation invoke the principle of ministerial responsibility: a Cabinet secretary must take ultimate responsibility for what happens on his watch. Interesting idea. Where was it in 1993 when the attorney general of the United States ordered the attack on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, which ended in the deaths of 76 people?

Janet Reno went to Capitol Hill and said, "It was my decision, and I take responsibility." This was met with approving swoons and applause. Was she made to resign? No. And remember: This was over an action that did not just happen on her watch but that she ordered -- an action that resulted in the deaths of, among others, more than 20 children.

5 Iraq Myths
Fred Barnes discusses Al Qaeda and Baathists.
The truth is de-Baathification was necessary. Without it, there would almost certainly have been a civil war in Iraq with Kurds and the Shia--80 percent of Iraqis--fighting Sunni Baathists who had dominated and persecuted them for decades. Without ostracizing the Baathists, the United States would have had no credibility with the Shia or the Kurds. And the Baathists weren't indispensable anyway. Now Bremer is allowing a trickle of Baathists to return to government once they clear an appeals process and prove they aren't Saddam loyalists. This is the wise way to treat Baathists, not by totally reversing de-Baathification.

The nuclear option.
Manuel Miranda on Republicans fighting filibusters.

For your eyes only
Some of the House Democrats who have been most critical of the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib said yesterday that they saw no need to view the photos made available for congressional review. Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Neb.) said while he didn’t see all the images, he had “expected it to be worse than it was.”

Fantasy Baseball watch: Pain in the Phillie -- Billy Wagner goes on the DL

Primetime Metered Market Ratings
NBC 17.4/25
CBS 13.8/20
ABC 5.9/9
FOX 3.6/5
UPN 3.5/5
WB 2.2/3
Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Update: "Outside the Beltway" has its usual informative lineup, check it out. And I love Jet Noise highlights Fred Barnes piece, too.


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