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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

15 Days Later

In case you're not totally sick of tsunami stories, there's an excellent one from another survivor who was just rescued:

A tsunami survivor says he drifted on the Indian Ocean for two weeks, living on coconuts that he prised open with his teeth while floating on pieces of wood, a broken boat and, finally, a fishing raft.

Crazy stuff, and far more interesting than the several self-consciously deep pieces on how religious people are trying to come to grips with this all. Bad storms happen kids, OK?

I'll leave the extensive Chertoff nitpicking to others, only to add that Rush makes a good point:

It was just last week that Newsweek ran this story about how lovey-dovey President Bush and President Clinton have become. They said they've grown surprisingly warm and personal. Well, I don't know how you can say that when they appointed Chertoff.

If Chertoff goes after Al Qaeda with the fervor he went after the Clintons in Whitewater, then we should be OK. Still, it will help to go after people who are real threats, unlike in the past:

As an assistant attorney general in the months after the attacks, Chertoff helped oversee the detention of 762 foreign nationals for immigration violations; none of them was charged with terrorism-related crimes.

With a record like that, no wonder he gets a promotion, right?

Should be interesting to see how much resistance the nomination gets. I can't imagine he'll have much trouble considering he was easily confirmed for a federal judgeship. Other interesting bio bit: Chertoff clerked for William Brennan once upon a time. Sounds like his views may have evolved (or better devolved) since then.

He's not all bad, though, based on this:

Chertoff fought within the administration to keep accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui in the criminal justice system rather than having him declared an "enemy combatant" and tried before a military tribunal.

So maybe there's hope for him yet.