John McCaslin

The State Department wants to show the Arab world that most Americans aren't what Hollywood makes us out to be. So it's developed a new monthly Arabic-language magazine, titled "hi," targeting young Arabs in the 18-35 age range.

"This kind of initiative is exactly what we need to rebuild trust between Americans and Arabs," a reader from Morocco writes to the editors.

The lively magazine features articles on American culture, lifestyle and values. And while clearly stating State Department sponsorship, it competes with commercial magazines on newstands in 20 Middle Eastern countries. Average price: $1.50.

Says Kamil Tawil, a columnist for the pan-Arab newspaper Al Hayat: "The results (of this investment) will not be felt for years to come, when the young generation that is the target of this American message assumes responsibilities in their own countries."


He's author of "Willy Nilly: Bill Clinton Speaks Out," and the Random House satire, "The Politically Correct Guide to American History." Now, this column has been provided a peek at Ed Moser's latest book, "Keeping Kerry Candid: Help John Kerry Make Up His Mind"

Just in time for the campaign season, it lists quotations on 100-plus issues where the Democratic presidential candidate humorously contradicts himself or flip-flops.

Here's a pair of Kerry quotes culled from the book (the first just before the start of the Iraqi war, the second exactly one week after the war began):

-"I remember being one of those (soldiers) and reading news reports from home. If America is at war, I won't speak a word (criticizing the president) without measuring how it'll sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their radios in the desert."

-"What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States."


Leave it to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, if nobody else, to scold fellow Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts while a guest of Bill Bennett on "Morning in America," a nationally syndicated program heard over the Salem Radio Network.

"Let's talk about foreign policy and what's going on in Iraq," said the conservative host, a former education secretary and White House drug czar in past Republican administrations, specifically Kennedy's equating the escalating casualties in Iraq to another Vietnam.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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