AS the one who posts Benton's editorials, the owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press--with his explicit permission--I have begun to wonder! He and I certainly disagree on the Clintons, on the significance of the Obama campaign, and on John Edwards whom he fails to mention. But then again, I think he provides food for thought for those who agree with me (probably the majority of progressive bloggers. So here it is.
Nicholas F. Benton: The 12 Days Since Christmas
Wow. What a year 2008 is going to be. Fasten your seat belts! We've already made history. In the first week of 2008, the stock market fell as a percentage of the total by more than any year since 1932. That's since the depths of the Great Depression. And it took another big hit Tuesday.
At the same time, it's a presidential election year, and we're also on the verge of a preemptive military strike against Iran that could bring oil deliveries to a standstill. We've already had the first military face-off in the critical Straits of Hormuz, through which all oil from the Middle East must come, and the price of oil has already bumped above $100 a barrel a couple times. Armed militants are about to make life really messy in oil-rich Nigeria.