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Nick Benton's Corner: McCain's Neo-Con Rant on Georgia

Posted with permission from Nicholas Benton, owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press,

McCain's Neo-Con Rant on Georgia

It must be appreciated that the current Russian military operation in Georgia comes in the context of eight years of a profoundly-destructive Bush administration thuggish, unilateralist foreign policy. The reckless Bush policy, including its unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq, has heightened tensions throughout the world and driven angry wedges where bridges could have been built.
Now, Russia is reacting to a perceived threat on its border much as it was accustomed to doing in the old Cold War days. They're not the good guys in this, but it is clear that the U.S. has been the bad guys for way too long.

Nick Benton's Corner: "The Wheels Are Coming Off."

posted with permission of Nicholas Benton, owner editor of the Falls Church News Press

The Wheels Are Coming Off
by Nicholas Benton

U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson has a certain blunt style of speech, both in carefully-chosen words and a Soprano-like delivery, as exemplified by his speech at Chatham House in London yesterday.

This mode was clearly amplified by the fact that he had no real good news, at least concerning anything on the foreseeable horizon, and even the sweeping reforms in the U.S. regulatory system he proposed won't translate into law any time soon.

Nick Benton's Corner: Deeper Abramoff Tie to White House

posted with permission from Nicholas Benton, owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press.

Deeper Abramoff Tie to White House
by Nicholas Benton

Imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s link to the Bush White House was much deeper and frequent than the White House has admitted, an explosive new report issued this week by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee documents.

Abramoff pleaded guilty two years ago to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. But the White House insisted his influence on the Oval Room was virtually non-existent, despite photographs of Abramoff and Bush shaking hands.

Nick Benton's Corner: Obama is Better For ‘Bitter’

The Falls Church News Press has gotten more recognition. Here is an excerpt from a press release Nick sent me.

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER DECLARES THE FALLS CHURCH
NEWS-PRESS "BEST REMNANT OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA"

The following is extracted from this week's Washington, D.C., City Paper, "Best of D.C." Edition, April 18, 2008. It's the first time in 15 years the City Paper has produced a "Best of D.C." edition. Some "winners" were based on reader polls, this is one of many the editors sought to award:

'BEST REMNANT OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA: Falls Church News-Press"

The phrase "the liberal media" might be a big lie outside of Falls Church. But not inside. Since 1991, publisher Nicholas F. Benton has made sure his Falls Church News-Press has afflicted the comfortable within the wealthy and historically conservative city's borders.
While the rest of the reporting world has been zigging right, Benton has zagged left -- and thrived: He was named 2007's Business Person of the Year by the Falls Church city council.
"One thing I have said, 'It's more important to be right than to be fair'," says Benton.

As is my custom I am posting his latest editorial with his permission.

Nick Benton's Corner: On Irrigating The Sahel

Posted in full by permission of Nick Benton, owner/editor of the Fall Church News Press. Take a look at the new format of the online version of his weekly newspaper--recognized as the best local paper in Northern VA.

In the cover story of the April 2008 edition of National Geographic magazine, “Africa’s Ragged Edge: Journey Into the Sahel,” author Paul Salopek, photographer Pascal Maitre and the editors do a terrific job introducing readers to perhaps the most important region of the world that no one, almost, has heard about.
The Sahara is known, the Sahel is not.

Yet the Sahel is perhaps the largest contiguous arable region on the planet, dwarfing the entire continental United States in scale. From coast to coast, from Dakar on the west to the Red Sea on the east, it is at least one-and-a-half times the width of the U.S. Presently, despite its dry and undeveloped condition, it is home to an estimated 55 million mostly poverty-stricken and ethno-politically divided people.

As the National Geographic article points out, the Sahel’s dimensions have shifted over the centuries due to the amount of rainfall. Just as the arable land in the U.S. plains can devolve from agriculturally-fertile to dust bowls, so it goes for the Sahel. The Sahara Desert can encroach on its land under drought conditions, or it can recede when there is rain. At one point a thousand years ago, much of it was fertile and lush, and in that era Timbuktu on the Niger River in modern Mali was the seat of a rich and powerful regime.

Nick Benton's Corner:Obama’s 3 Steps To Redemption

posted by permission of Nicholas Benton, owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press.

three distinct phases of Barack Obama’s reaction to the wildly-disseminated YouTube snippets of sermons by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, took him from the depths to the heights over the last two weeks.

His “three steps to redemption” not only carried this observer’s opinion of Obama from the pits to the pinnacle, but so, I believe, it has done for his presidential aspirations.

Nick Benton's Corner: Why Did Spitzer Do It?

Nick Benton weigh's in on the implications of Elliot Spitzer's resignation. Posted with the permission of Nicholas Benton owner/editor of the Falls Church News press.

Why Did Spitzer Do It?

The precipitous fall from grace of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer this week has routinely left the pundits shaking their heads. His case, and those of Sen. Larry Craig, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, the Rev. Ted Haggard and so many others in political or religious leadership positions, always raise the same questions. Why would anyone risk so much for apparently so little?

These guys are bright, and clearly skilled in navigating their rises to power and influence. So why would they take such chances and consort with such danger to their careers, reputations and families? It’s happened so much with high profile people lately that it seems almost to have reached epidemic proportions, yet most folks remain baffled when it comes to explaining it.

Nick Benton's Corner: Will McCain Rule the Middle?

Benton's editorial posted with his permission.

Seems to me like Benton has moved considerably toward Republican lite in his editorials on the primary election. In this editorial he suggests that the increasingly ugly tenor of press attacks will force Obama into an impotent radical left stance, should he be the nominee--thus throwing the campaign to McCain.

It has struck me more and more how Hillary Clinton is following in the footsteps of her friend Joe Lieberman, and I am reminded of the supporters of Lamont, who won the primary because of his strong stand on Iraq only to be defeated by the then "Independant" Lieberman who is now an open endorser of McCain. Well I for one admire Lamont and deplore the failure of the the Democrats in the House and Senate to live up to their mandate to oppose the Iraq war, even though I recognize the difficulties they face while Bush remains in office.

I NOTE THAT SENATOR CHRIS DODD HAS ENDORSED BARACK OBAMA. Apparently he did not draw the same conclusions from the Lamont/Lieberman campaign that Benton seems to have from the 1972 election. Benton in his editorial harks back to the 1972 defeat of McGovern who was an opponent of the Vietnam war.

IMO opinion Benton's analysis is both simplisitic and wrong-headed because he leaves out the ghosts -- Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy -- strong opponents of the Vietnam war who were gunned down in 1968. Their assassinations not only threw the Democratic party and the peace movement into disarray but they created a rationale for violence on the streets, with groups like the Weatherman and the Panthers turning to violent protests, which indeed alienated most Americans.

Indeed these are the times that try men's souls, but I don't believe the answer is to turn away from what we know to be right, and temporize with principle, because we are afraid risking an Obama victory at the polls. Well that is my opinion folks. Before turning to Benton's editoral I would like to draw your attention to my comment to Jeff's post.