Did you know today was National Call-In Day on Iran? Neither did I, until Council for a Livable World told me. The November 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate found no evidence of nuclear weapon-building in Iran, and Bush Mobbers have been unable to link insurgent weaponry found in Iraq to Iran, but Tha Bush Mobb still wants war, even though an attack would backfire on the U.S. economy, even though Iran would be a lot harder to occupy than Iraq, even though the Iranians would likely circle the wagons around their broadly unpopular President and their broadly unpopular mullahs. But what is reason to the bold? 1.800.788.9372 is the number with which you may ask for direct and comprehensive talks with Iran. Talking with your enemies, as Richard Nixon would tell you, is not a sign of weakness -- only giving away the game is a sign of weakness. Does that mean Tha Bush Mobb fears that talking automatically leads to giving away the game? Does that mean they're afraid of talking, or of their own ability to talk? But then, if I were holding the hand they've dealt themselves, I might be afraid of talking, too.
The Senate finally begins debate on the Lieberman/Warner Climate Change bill, and Union for Concerned Scientists provides a contact tool with which you may ask for a better Lieberman/Warner Climate Change bill. Currently, the Lieberman/Warner bill is better than Mr. Bush's recent proposals, but so is farting into a bottle and burying it in the backyard. Specifically, the UCS supports amendments adding a renewable energy standard, increasing funding for international forest protection, and adding a mechanism for adjusting the bill's targets and timetables if the earth warms faster than we expect. The UCS also opposes amendments permitting a halt in emission reductions for economic reasons, pre-empting states from implementing stronger standards, and (as you read here last week) shoveling even more money toward coal and nuclear power. They all sound pretty good to me, and maybe they do to you, too.
And, finally, we have Mr. Kristol's "gentle" criticisms yesterday of Mr. Obama's Wesleyan speech. Done reading? Good. Lefty blogs have already flogged Mr. Kristol's absurd suggestion that $14,000 (sic) would be pretty good money in today's inflation-adjusted money -- and I bet Mr. Kristol would "forget" to adjust for inflation in calling the next Democrat-sponsored micro-percentage-point tax-increase "the biggest tax increase in history," just like the rest of his kind do. But worse than that, it just breaks Mr. Kristol's heart that Mr. Obama lists all kinds of service to one's country and doesn't mention military service -- thus suggesting that maybe Mr. Obama just doesn't love the troops as much as he says he does. I get to play the ad hominem card here: no armchair warrior who has ever suggested that those who disagree with him might be guilty of treason gets to call anyone on their attitude, real or perceived, toward the military. These neocons have really painted themselves into a corner. So why do they get paid so well to keep painting?