Informed Comment: former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Linda Bilmes has estimated the cost of five years of the Iraq war at 1 trillion and 372 billion dollars; is the next five years Mr. Krepinevich estimates for his strategy likely to be much cheaper?... Neither do I.Meanwhile, as he points out, not just Arabs or just Muslims but peoples all over the world have come to dislike and fear America and “Indeed, citizens in Canada, France, Germany the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom now hold more favorable views of China than of the United States.”
Archives for October 2005
Today I had an eleven o'clock screening of Lapinthrope, followed by a lecture on arts filmmaking in the cinema department of Universidad Nacionnal in Bogotá.... I spoke about digital filmmaking and made a strong case for the future being digital and not chemical.
For a long time, I've been mildly contemptuous of Claude Lelouche's films. Eminently français, these tired tales of bourgeois hypocrisy and venality, had lost all optimism, all beauty.
How to say someone is a murderer without saying it: Abramoff is under investigation by a grand jury in Guam for illegal contracts and money laundering and another grand jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.... Abramoff's business partner Adam Kidan made payments from company funds of $30,000 to one of the killers' daughters, who performed no services for the company, and $115,000 to a firm the hit man owned.