Jewish World Review Dec. 30, 2002 / 25 Teves, 5763
Peripatetic Powell pacifies pundits
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on every major Sunday talk show to address the gathering storm over North Korea.
On Meet the Press and Face the Nation, the issue seemed to be semantic-is this a crisis? Powell preferred to call it a "matter of great concern" on Meet the Press. Senators Joe Biden (D, DE) and Richard Lugar (R, IN), also on Meet the Press, called it a "crisis,", as did a bellicose Senator Joe Lieberman (D, CT) on Face the Nation. Lieberman suggested that the "military option" be openly on the table, while Powell took pains to insist that military action was just one of many options.
Fox News Sunday and This Week didn't worry about definitions, but the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer, on Fox, was semantically apocalyptic. "This is a crisis of unbelievable proportions. Our hands are tied. They know we can't handle two wars."
This Week host George Stephanopolous asked the toughest question, showing Powell a critical quote from Senator John Kerry. "John Kerry is running for office," Powell noted, then went on to disagree with Kerry while declaring that he respected the Massachusetts Senator. Powell also laid much of the situation at the feet of the Clinton Administration without criticizing them at all.
Powell took great delight in one of his talking points. He noted that the administration has been criticized for being unilateral, "reaching for a gun" instead of using diplomacy. Now relying on diplomacy and multi-lateralism, they are also being criticized.
Fox News Sunday had the best non-North Korea stories, tackling cloning and the possible Democratic strategy of opposing the President for doing too little on homeland security. Assistant Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid (D, NV), pointedly refused to second Senator and presidential contender John Edward (D, NC) claim that "Washington is not doing enough to make Americans feel safe." To Reid, the issue was funding and he appeared to favor campaigning against Bush on economic security.
PROP OF THE WEEK
"Plutonium is the stuff that makes those bombs go 'boom,'" he added, helpfully.
PUNDIT LINE-UP CHANGES
PUNDIT SIT-DOWN COMEDY
GRAHAM'S PROBLEM, GRAHAM'S OPPORTUNITY
People don't like anal retentives for some reason. They're prejudiced against them. Graham keeps voluminous daily diaries. On the plus side, however, Brooks offered this:
Bob Graham has been on the Intelligence Committee, has articulated positions on Hezbollah, knows how to spell Hezbollah, which is more than most Senators do.
RECAP OF THE WEEK
This was the year the bill for bad behavior came due.
Someone in the Bush Administration should have been a little more prepared for this.
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"These people are off the charts."
CLIFF'S NOTES ON FRIST
"I brought along his resume, which is 12 pages, Harvard, Princeton, all the awards, all the books, all the journal articles. You get to Page 10 before he mentions he can walk on water. It is an amazing resume. He is an unbelievable guy."
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