1. The NY Post ran an interesting book review, leaving us with some intriguing thoughts (about the book and its subject matter). You can read it here.
2. The President is soon to visit Vietnam. And to show how pleased the Vietnamese government is with it, they release a jailed dissident. Not complaining mind you, but I wonder how many visits it's going to take to get the rest out. I also wonder, how do those that served in Vietnam feel about doing business with them?
I know it's been over thirty years since the pull-out, but old scars run deep sometimes, and understandably so.
3. Well, as of this writing, Paris Hilton is still in jail. There has been no funny business like the stunt that was pulled just a little over four calendar days, after the fact. But I guess she's not doing so well.
"Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done," Hilton, 26, said in a written statement issued by her attorney, Richard Hutton.
Doing nothing but passing the time away in a boring cell is hard? Try doing it in a terrorist cell's dungeon, not knowing if the next time the guards come in you may lose your head. That would seem little bit harder, to me. Maybe if someone close to her could point that out to her, she could gain some better insight and perspective.
Nah, forget I said anything. (It ain't gonna happen.)
4. Foreign policy officials and pundits had better start thinking about this next story now. It's not a matter of if any more, but when? Either we let them have it or we don't. If we don't, fine, then there had better be a plan in place. If we do, there's no need to waste any time, saying we don't and just going through the motions with lip service so everyone can feel good about themselves.
5. A new era in French politics may be emerging, as the Sarkozy camp is expected to do very well today in parliamentary elections. Don't look for too much though. Too much embracing of the U.S. too quick will throw things into disequilibrium, way too fast for the system to catch up with it. It's just nice knowing that although there will always be fundamental differences between the two nations, there won't be a slithering snake in the Champ-Elysees trying to undermine everything the U.S, tries or wants to do. No more mixed messages from Paris.
Well, that's all I have time for right now, folks. Count this as the Monday morning post, as I am just too damned tired to think of anything else to write.