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.

Wolf Howling, “A Tale of Two Iraqs & Two Wars”

GW’s submission for this week is a commentary on Gen. Barry McCaffrey’s most recent evaluation of the situation in Iraq with a focus on how that evaluation differs from the view that’s being promoted by the Democratic Congressional leadership. While I disagree with a few particulars, for example, I think that GW paints a rosier picture of Iraqi Kurdistan than is warranted, I think that his observations are mostly solid.

Done With Mirrors, “Ron Paul”

Callimachus considers Ron Paul and takes exception to Dr. Paul’s interpretation of 19th century American history.

The Colossus of Rhodey, “The Arrogance”

Hube contrasts the situation of James Corbett, the history teacher who was the subject of two Council submissions last week, with that of columnist Mark Steyn.

The Glittering Eye, “Nuclear Weapons Policy in the 21st Century”

In my submission for this week I propose some directions for U. S. nuclear weapons policy.

Joshuapundit, “What Would Jesus Say To Those Who Defame His People?”

Freedom Fighter takes on the news coverage of Christian Palestinians (and Christian pilgrims to Palestinian Bethlehem). The only thing I have to contribute to his commentary is that I’ve never heard or read an interview with pilgrims to the Christian shrines within Palestine who cited Israeli security measures as a reason for their hesitancy but I’ve heard and read any number of concerns about the poor security situation there as a reason for concern.

Bookworm Room, “Judeo-Christian Doctrine and Moral Freedom”

Bookworm’s submission is a broadside against Islam and “the Left” to which I can only respond that I respectfully disagree. The only particular I’ll cite is that Bookworm’s assertion that Islam “is not a religion that concerns itself with broader moral issues that rise above mere tribal law” is presented as a fact but is actually a claim.

Rhymes With Right, “A Holiday Primer for Ron Paul Supporters”

Greg has ten tips on holiday etiquette for Ron Paul supporters. Although I have no doubt that they exist outside of the comments sections of blogs, I haven’t encountered any myself but the only advice I can offer them is that there’s a level of vehemence that is an impediment to persuasion rather than encouraging it.

Soccer Dad, “First Let the Lawyers Kill Us All”

Soccer Dad posts on the hazards that lawfare poses for Israeli defense.

The Education Wonks, “George F. Will Gets Beyond NCLB”

EdWonk comments on a George Will column critiquing the Bush Administration’s attempts at educational reform. George Will is notoriously a baseball fan. Is there any area in which more statistics are formulated to characterize past performance or analyze future performance than baseball? And yet, somehow, no one least of all Mr. Will seems to think that we should abandon attempts to measure performance in baseball.

That a meaningful performance measurement is difficult to come by does not mean that we need to abandon measuring performance.

Big Lizards, “Lame Duck Crushes Christmas Turkeys”

Dafydd ab Hugh tallies the successes of the Bush lame duck presidency.

Cheat Seeking Missiles, “Cross About Huckabee’s Cross Ad”

Laer considers Mike Huckabee’s cross political ad and notes that Gov. Huckabee has got what he wanted for Christmas—media attention.

Right Wing Nut House, “Huckadumb”

Rick Moran continues his assault on Mike Huckabee illustrating the point I’ve been making for some time: there are lots of regular Republicans who find Huckabee sufficiently awful that they’ll need to throw their support to some single candidate other than Huckabee to fend him off. If they’re smart, it’ll be John McCain. If the Republican death wish is sufficiently strong (as I suspect it is), it’ll be Mitt Romney.

Well, I’ve decide what posts I’ll vote for this week. Which posts would get your votes?

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