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Another One Bites The Dust?

Friday, Feb. 01, 2008 3:50 AM

So we've killed yet another of al-Qaeda's 'top leaders.' This time, it's Abu Laith al-Libi, who was supposedly responsible for a bombing outside an Afghanistan airbase while Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting the country.

It follows that there will always be 'top men' until we make it unprofitable for others to take up the standard. But why, if Iraq is the central battleground in the War on Terror, do we keep finding these clowns in Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Particularly al-Libi, who is believed to have been the #3 guy, in the midst of a country President Bush lauded as a success story only four days ago.

Ralph Nader, whose marginal candidacy may or may not have had an impact on the 2000 election, is making noises about running again, with the same song-and-dance about needing to change the system.

And you've been doing what, exactly, for the past eight years, Ralph?

Then, there's the gang at Code Pink, who were celebrating Monday night on the occasion of President Bush's last State of the Union address. Frankly, I won't be cheering even after January 20, 2009 - because I'm not taking a Democratic victory for granted, and it's certainly not a given that a Democratic candidate will undo the damage to this country.

This isn't a game, ladies. I'll admit you pulled off a good one when you snuck into the 2004 Republican National Convention and disrupted Dick Cheney's speech (especially since the Republicans were hammering their 'national security' expertise), but most of your antics don't advance the discussion necessary to solve problems.

On the other hand, Mike Huckabee doesn't get any points for his comment following a Code Pink interruption at Huckabee's appearance at the Commonwealth Club.

"The beauty of America is that a person can come and even make a disruption, and you know what, that person is not going to be taken out and shot," Huckabee tried to joke.

Yes, we've always been such a loving and tolerant Christian nation ... so much so that there really wasn't a recent incident where white students hung a noose on a tree as a joke, or controversy over a commentator who suggested Tiger Woods' rivals should lynch him.

So Britney Spears has been 5150'd again and is in the hospital for a mandatory psychological evaluation or somesuch. Good for her.

But there are others who suffer from bipolar disorder who don't get even a fraction of the attention to their plight, unless you count the amazing Dr. Shill Phil, who nonetheless wound up on CBS yesterday morning to offer his 'expert' opinion on Ms. Spears' problems.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has pointed out that Verizon is represented by the firm Bracewell & Giuliani - who also happen to have a partner named Marc Mukasey.

That's the son of Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey.

So if telecom amnesty were not to happen, and suits proceeded against the government and the telecom giants, the elder Mukasey would be prosecuting his own son (provided he doesn't recuse himself).

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