Despite Daniel Ortega's many flaws, the return of the Sandinistas to power creates the possibility that his challenge to the "savage capitalism" of the previous regime can genuinely benefit Nicaragua's poor.
John Kerry should stop being nice about the Deserter in Chief. He should be reminding voters that the President who has sent more than 3,000 US soldiers and allies and untold thousands of Iraqis to their deaths deserted his post during the Vietnam War.
The Bush Administration has so politicized government agencies that an entire culture of civil service professionals is being replaced by
conservative political operatives loyal only to the White House.
Even the most naive American voter
cannot be expected to see the morally, legally and politically questionable death sentence given to Saddam Hussein a milestone in the Bush Administration's illegal war in
Iraq. As the milestones pile up, so do the bodies.
Stay the course? Cut and run? Cut the crap? What will former Secretary of State James A. Baker III propose after the midterm elections, when the bipartisan Iraq Study Group reveals new scenarios to end the Iraq debacle?
The secular left should think twice before casting religious people as
its foes. After all, alienating potential allies and confining
ourselves to a small sect of like-minded believers is what
fundamentalism is all about.