Never A Dictator The Times Didn’t Like

Mao’s 70 million (Ralph R. Reiland, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

I bring up all this history because I was halfway through reading “Mao: The Unknown Story,” the new book by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, when The New York Times published Nicholas Kristof’s review of the book.

Now it’s true that Kristof, an op-ed writer at The Times, judges the book to be a “magnificent biography,” and he does at least whistle past the graveyard,

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Stability: Scowcroft’s God

Scowcroft’s ‘Realism’ (Charles Krauthammer, RealClearPolitics)

Realists prize stability above all, and there is nothing more stable than a ruthlessly efficient dictatorship. Which is why Scowcroft is the man who six months after Tiananmen Square toasted those who ordered the massacre; who, as the world celebrates the Beirut Spring that evicted the Syrian occupation from Lebanon, sees not liberation but possible instability; who can barely conceal a preference for Syria’s stabilizing iron rule.

Even today Scowcroft says, “I didn’t

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It’s Good That Pro Journalists Have Editors and Fact-Checkers

Cheney Names Two to Fill Libby’s Positions (Nedra Pickler, AP)

Reid said he is disappointed that Bush and Cheney responded to the indictment by praising Libby _ known around Washington as “Scooter” _ and suggested they should apologize for the leak that revealed the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.

The indictment did not charge Libby with revealing the identity of a “covert” agent, but why bother reporting the facts when you have Sen. Reid’s

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