Ross Mackenzie

And given Iran's repeated hostile declarations, Israel continues to worry about Iran's nuclear ambitions. The Washington Times reports Israel is purchasing U.S. bunker-busters and precision-guided joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) add-ons for its bombs - the better to reach Iranian centrifuge cascades deep underground. As Israel destroyed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981, so it may be preparing to take out any or all of Iran's known 13 nuclear reactors before it is too late for Israel - and everyone else.

Your federal government at work: Some of those reacting to criticism of Congress for postponing its opening session so members could attend the Florida State-Ohio State football game, respond that President Bush has just logged his 365th day (one year of his presidency) at Camp David. Two points: (1) An ordinary work-week for Congress, when not in recess, begins at 6:30 p.m. on your average Tuesday and ends around 2 p.m. Friday - 2.5 days for congresspersons vs. five days for the everyday rest of us; (2) In two full terms, President Reagan spent a record 517 days at Camp David. Apparently searching for something he called "malaise," Jimmy Carter found it in the 376 days he spent at Camp David during his solitary term.

Finally, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has thought things over and reached a heavy conclusion. He figures that given (a) the rate at which the U.S. is spending money in Iraq, (b) how speedily we are setting up temporary hospitals there, and (c) the extent to which we are rebuilding Iraq's economy, only "class" and "racial issues" can explain the slow flow of money into post-Katrina New Orleans. So there it is again, under that bed over there - the racist, classist Bush administration.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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