Eye on the Watcher’s Council

As you may know the members of the Watcher’s Council each nominate one of his or her own posts and one non-Council post for consideration by the whole Council. The complete list of this week’s Council nominations is here. Here’s what the Council members nominated this week.

Dr. Sanity, “A Truly Unholy Alliance”

Pat Santy analyzes the letter from President Ahmadinejad to President Bush. I agree that the Europeans and the American Left might well have been target audiences for the letter.

New World Man, “What is it? I’m stupid”

Let it stop here! Matt Barr documents the overuse of the phrase “It’s the XXXX, stupid.”

Done With Mirrors, “Public Virtue”

In a fabulous essay Callimachus charts the history of public virtue in the United States and mourns its passing.

ShrinkWrapped, “Conservative Fatigue Syndrome”

ShrinkWrapped’s characterization of the syndrome and cataloging of some of its sufferers are interesting but his analogy from his own professional practice and subsequent analysis are riveting. One of the several reasons I opposed the invasion of Iraq was that I didn’t believe that the entire process that would be required to achieve any satisfactory objectives was sustainable for the length of time that would be required without a bipartisan consensus analogous to that at the outset of the Cold War and that was obviously not present.

Joshuapundit, “Daniel Wultz Is Coming Home”

Freedom Fighter tells the story of a young American who was killed by suicide attack in Tel Aviv.

Right Wing Nut House, “Take Off the 9/11 Tinfoil Hats”

Rick Moran observes that included in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s letter to President Bush was a sop to 9/11 conspiracy theorists. He goes on to discuss the history of such theories and their debunking.

The Education Wonks, “War Orphan Tuition Waivers”

EdWonk once again provides us a great service by drawing attention to a program in the state of Minnesota that waives college tuition for the state school system to the children of servicemen and servicewomen killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. He’s right: there should be more such programs.

The Glittering Eye, “The Popularity of the War in Iraq”

In my submission for this week I discuss the results of a recent Gallup poll.

Rhymes With Right, “Andrew Sullivan—Homosexualist”

Greg goes after an Andrew Sullivan post on “Christianists”.

Gates of Vienna, “May 15th:  the Feast Day of St. Dymphna”

Dymphna tells us all about the patroness of her nomme de blog, St. Dymphna, on the occasion of her feast day.

The Sundries Shack, “Newsweek Deceives, Right from the Beginning”

Jimmie Bise notes that the reporting on the NSA telephone surveillance program seems to go somewhat beyond the actual knwon facts about the program.

The Strata-Sphere, “We Are Not At War!”

AJ Strata is pretty upset with Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter.

Well, this week was a pretty good field. I’ve made my decisions. Which posts would you vote for?

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