Democratic party leader and former presidential candidate Howard Dean described the Republican Party as "white and Christian," causing quite a bipartisan stir. Don't forget "evil" and "people who had never done an honest day's work in their lives," says Bret Stephens. "This from a boy who grew up on Park Avenue," says Stephens. "We've always known that Howard Dean is sort of the Freudian id of the Democratic party. I would have thought that after the 2004 election, where the Democrats tried to win on hating Bush and lost, they would be trying for a different strategy. I don't think it portends very well for them for the next couple of elections."
Former President Carter said abuses at Guantanamo Bay prison were hurting the United States' reputation as a defender of human rights and the camp should be closed. "If there's anything you would have hoped that President Carter learned in his time in office, is that you do not win over thugs which appeasement," says Kimberley Strassel. "Guantanamo was set up to deal with a very specific issue, which is non-uniformed combatants whose only goal is mass murder of civilians. It was a difficult decision to set it up, and one that we'll probably scrutinize more. But one of the reasons why President Bush is in a second term is because Americans appreciate the fact that he was willing to make tough calls like that."
Tatort, a detective series on German public television, aired an episode "Scheherezade" last Sunday, in which the main character alleges that the Bush administration ordered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. The program involves a woman who was investigated for harboring one of the would-be pilots of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Her defense to the German police: the Bush family initiated 9/11 for oil and power and wealth. "Ultimately, the German detectives basically agree with her, and she escapes to an unnamed Arab country just ahead of the CIA hitmen," says Daniel Henninger. (Fittingly, in 1001 Arabian Nights, storyteller Scheherezade postpones execution by her husband, the sultan, by weaving 1001 fanciful tales.) "This is one of the two countries that the United States is supposed to consult with about serious things," says Henninger. "I think about the best that can be said of it is that it does prove the pleasures of paranoia."