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Didn't Mind When Issue Was Kosovo
Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who failed today to pass an amendment that would block the president from military action against Iraq without prior U.N. approval, had no such qualms back when Bill Clinton was president and the issue was Kosovo. The United Nations refused to do anything to enforce its resolutions, and a U.S.-led NATO coalition carried out air strikes that defeated the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Sen. Levin said he was pleased that Milosevic had agreed to obey earlier U.N. resolutions. But he added, "Given his history of broken promises, I'm also skeptical. Therefore, it is essential that NATO remains prepared to carry out military air strikes to enforce this agreement."
France Has a New Bestseller...
The number one spot on the bestseller list in France, which was once occupied by a book that claimed no plane ever hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, now belongs to a book sharply critical of the anti-Americanism so widespread in France. The book, called the Anti-American Obsession, by conservative intellectual Jean Francois Revel, argues that anti-U.S. sentiment is "a consolation" for European inadequacy. The book calls France, "an advanced laboratory where the most extreme and pointed ideas on the United States come together."
Ran Ads Against Military Action in Iraq
Full-page ads against military action in Iraq have recently appeared in the New York Times and Los Angeles, sponsored by a group called "Not in Our Name." The ads were adorned with the names of such Hollywood luminaries as Ed Asner, Susan Sarandon and Oliver Stone, as well as such noted leftists and Gloria Steinem and Ramsey Clark. And the group's Web site petition, which has about 28,000 names, also had the name of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. It turned out to be a hoax, along with such other names as Ben Dover and Sweet Daddy. Daschle's name has been removed.
Warrant Out for State Senator
Down in Florida, there's a warrant out for a member of the state Senate, who's up for re-election next month but whose present whereabouts were unknown as of last night. Police said Sen. Mandy Dawson, a Democrat from Ft. Lauderdale, faces prescription drug fraud charges, which sources told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper have something to do with an altered prescription. Dawson, who was rebuked for lateness by the state Senate president two years ago, has had a series of run-ins with the law, including grand theft in connection with a series of bad checks.