An interesting convergence between two posts from yesterday, one with a link tearing apart the Washington Post’s Baghdad chief, the other talking about Iraqi reactions to Paul Bremer’s farewell speech to Iraq.
The Baghdad chief had a piece in the Washington Post today saying that the speech never happened. Bold is mine.
When he left Iraq on Monday after surrendering authority to an interim government, it was with a somber air of exhaustion. There was no farewell address to the Iraqi people, no celebratory airport sendoff. Instead of a festive handover ceremony on Wednesday, the date set for the transfer, an improvised event occupied five minutes on a Monday morning.
Lebanon’s Daily Star confirms there was a speech.
Truly a great day for the Washington Post
Thought it was great! I cannot name a better superhero movie. Only Batman comes close and I’m disqualifying that for lack of actual superpowers.
It’s not afraid to put the action on hold for a bit and have some actual storytelling and that’s good, it’s probably a big part of what made it so good. This isn’t just an action flick; Peter Parker really has his own problems and isn’t certain that he really can or even wants to play the hero. The problem with the X-Men movies has been that they just have too many people to really explore each character in depth. With 2 hours devoted to a single superhero Spider-Man can really be fleshed out.
As for the villain, Doc Ock is a much better villain than the Green Goblin was. Alfred Molina does a superb job of making Octavius a real person, and not just your standard supervillain who goes crazy and wants to kill people and smash stuff up. As with Spider-Man they really devote the proper amount of time to his development. There’s real depth to him.
Kirsten Dunst plays Mary Jane to a T and I have to say I’m happy to see how MJ plays a part in Peter doubting himself. Is he willing to give up MJ in order to be a hero? Is he willing to give up being a hero in order to be with MJ?
Iraq the model has a great post on the reaction of some Iraqis to the handover of sovereignty and Paul Bremer’s departing speech.
I was deeply moved by this great man
If so you’d better not vote Democrat.
“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
Because we all know that taxing the economy to a screeching halt is the “common good”…
Beautiful Atrocities has an interesting look at how critics reacted to Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ.
A.O. Scott, New York Times:
F9/11: Mr. Moore’s populist instincts have never been sharper…he is a credit to the republic.
Passion: Gibson has exploited the popular appetite for terror and gore for what he and his allies see as a higher end.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
F9/11: A masterful job of ridiculing the personality, intellect and employment resum
Marine Corps reservist and participant in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Eric Johnson has an article totally eviscerating the Washington Post’s Baghdad chief.
It’s quite the damning indictment of the Post’s operations in Iraq. Check it out.
Stephen over at The Right Side had quite an ordeal tonight. A man invaded his house, after a struggle bound him with duct tape at the point of two guns, and robbed him. He’s ok and the bastard got away with nothing all that expensive, though it was quite the eclectic list (including beer steins, DVDs, the remote to the TV and his cigarettes).
Just glad he’s ok, it could have been so much worse.
Stephen now has the story up at his site.
The number 1 search term directing people here is “Spc. Matt M. Maupin”. For those looking for more information on him I’ll direct you to WCPO’s story that I linked earlier and WCPO’s special section. For those looking for the video, I know of no place where it is available… and probably wouldn’t link to it if I did.