A short statement of what has happened (drove out Al Qaeda in the past, now internal problems have prompted Al Qaeda to return, current government wants/needs help). A presentation of the inherent risks, namely that bombing will kill the innocent.
Even taking quotes so much out of context, and indicating missing parts by the use of elipsis, the quotes pretty much speak for themselves, but the conclusions drawn make me wonder if Mr. Sheppard actually read his materials. Also, rather hard to follow his logic .. maybe there isn't much.
I'm glad that the Administration has finally fought back a bit against Fox. I'm also glad that they carefully state that it's their opinion. Since when was it wrong to voice opinion?
There is an air of objectivity in this article, presenting both the current state of affairs and the background of previous Presidential concerns with various news organizations. He's making a point, using historical information, and I found that it was certainly worth considering.
This article clearly shows a coincidence between rising oil prices and falling house prices, and the consequent falling credit. Having read several articles now, I understand why this mess affects all countries, and I'm not sure how well this article explains that interrelation, but anyone keeping up with current events probably does understand many/most of the underlying work that's not covered.
I came upon this article shortly after finishing John Grisham's "The Appeal" (a work of fiction, of course) and found it quite interesting. I was particularly struck by the very balanced approach. A knee-jerk reaction might be that supporting big business is bad, but it is not a clear-cut issue, and this article did an excellent job of presenting both sides.
This is a thoughtful review of the impact of military spending on our economy. At first, I wondered where he was getting his figures, but the sources are mentionned as the article continues. This is also quite scary! It's time to pay attention.
I may not like that Mr. Bush is showing some long-needed improvements, but that doesn't change the fact that the article itself puts forth an interesting and needed perspective. Mr. Broder lists 3 reasons to support his premise that the President is getting his political act together, and gives us important information about what is happening now. He also ends by pointing out that Iraq is a civil war, and that what happens to any Iraq policy is going to depend on what happens to and in Iraq.
Almost yellow journalism in this one! Big numbers are being thrown around, and snipets of facts, but it seems the whole thrust is to just make the reader angry, without giving much substance. They try to make it sound as if each senator and assembly member is somehow tainted, without reporting any of the history of member items, or doing a factual breakdown of where the money goes, or how it was apportioned in the 20006-2007 year. The source quotes used seem to have been part of a larger comment, possibly to a different journalist or in a different publication. Finally, Senator Padavan's photo is captionned with a rather weighted phrase ('raked in'), and yet in the final paragraphs, he seems to be using the funds properly.
This article was done quite well. There was no gloating or cheering. The facts of the 5 year legal battle were laid out, quotes from both sides were given, and the results were all explained. Short, sweet, and to the point!
I enjoyed reading a story that didn't treat me like a third grader in vocabulary and logic! I also found it informative and reasoned. It was valuable for putting an historic perspective on acts of the presidents.