A clearing of the backlog of new pieces, reactions, and relevant material for the Colby Cosh fan:
Here’s my written ed-page take on the coinciding deaths of Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman, who were among the last living giants of cinema’s auteur age. As the piece hints, I revere Bergman and know relatively little of Antonioni.
My signed column last week was about Barack Obama out-neoconning the neocons by launching a tubthumping threat against Pakistan and Pervez Musharraf. But then maybe I’m the neocon realpolitiker; I don’t like the idea of needlessly undermining Musharraf, who may be a bastard but who not only stands between his country’s mullahs and the bomb but has managed to preserve the ever-tenuous border peace with India. Former Mossad agent Michael Ross filed a response: the short version is that someone has to police the North-West Frontier Province and Waziristan, and if Musharraf can’t do it then we should. Question: so what if we can’t do it, either? Do we know more about the terrain, the details of al-Qaeda operations, and the Pashtun culture than Musharraf does?
Here’s a Full Comment quickie about what could be a big breakthrough in automotive fuel efficiency. And here’s a link to the most mind-blowing U.S. news story of the week (one whose big implications for national security no one has yet noticed).
You think you can figure out without help who wrote this and this? Some of those arguments should sound vaguely familiar.
Watch for a fresh piece about Barry Bonds in my usual spot in Friday’s Post. Warning: may contain new and counterintuitive ideas that haven’t yet been pummelled into the ground by a hundred beat writers!