- The Washington Times - Monday, April 8, 2002

Carter's destination
"It looks as if global peacemaker Jimmy Carter will receive Bush administration approval for a trip to Cuba, making him the first former U.S. president to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution," Paul Bedard writes in U.S. News & World Report.
"A senior U.S. official says Carter's application for a U.S. Treasury Department license to travel to the island will almost certainly be approved. Carter, invited by Fidel Castro, is expected to go to Havana in mid-May. And being Mr. Human Rights, he's also expected to meet with dissidents, the part of the trip the White House cheers."

Head case
Paul Begala, the liberal pundit and former adviser to President Clinton, turns to Sigmund Freud to explain how anyone could possibly have had a negative opinion of Mr. Clinton and his presidency.
"You know what I'm thinking it is? I've thought about this a lot. My latest pet theory is projection the psychological theory that says you take things you hate most about yourself, project them onto somebody else and attack them for that. So in other words, I think this is self-hatred projected on an innocent man. That's what I believe," Mr. Begala said in an interview published at www.buzzflash.com.
"I believe these people hate themselves. I believe they hate our country. I believe they hate our culture. And they can't deal with that. They can't accept the level of self-loathing that they have, and so they project it onto someone else," he said, apparently oblivious to the implication that if "projection" were applied to his own words, they would prove Mr. Begala hates the country, hates himself and can't deal with his own self-loathing.
"I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing? I don't think so," Mr. Begala continued.
"For all of his many faults, he is a man who, until he became the president of the United States of America, never earned more than $35,000 a year because he put service first. He is a man who, despite all of his many flaws and sins, has raised a good kid in as difficult a circumstance as you can possibly imagine. I mean, by any standard of measure, he is a good man. He is a decent man. He is a successful man. And yet they heap this hatred on him. I believe it is because they hate themselves. And for that, I'll continue to pray for them."
Mr. Begala added: "By the way, let me also take up for my colleagues in the Clinton administration. It turns out we were the most ethical administration in history."

Moyers' tirade
"Bill Moyers put his liberal polemical points ahead of any digging for what really occurred as he served as a mouthpiece last Friday night for the agenda of left-wing environmentalists trying to discredit the Bush administration's energy policy because Bush officials consulted with industry representatives," the Media Research Center reports.
"The MRC's Brian Boyd noticed that the tirade on the March 29 edition of PBS's 'Now with Bill Moyer' occurred after The Washington Times had uncovered how environmental groups, specifically the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) which Moyers allowed to rail against 'special favors for special interests,' did have meetings with Bush officials early on in the policy development process.
"Washington Times reporter Patrice Hill disclosed in a March 28 story: 'The NRDC yesterday conceded that the department obtained its recommendations and weighed them in drafting its energy plan. And the NRDC revealed it had three more previously undisclosed meetings with top energy task-force officials last year while the energy plan was being drafted. Two of those meetings were early in the drafting process, throwing into question the latest charge by environmentalists that they were left out until the very end.'
"Despite that, as detailed in the March 27 CyberAlert, 'CBS Evening News' Wyatt Andrews charged that 'at least 36 times Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham met representatives of the energy industry to discuss the policy, compared to zero meetings with environmental groups.' Noting how many of the documents were 'censored,' Andrews relayed that 'environmentalists call this a coverup' and then tried to suggest some kind of illegal behavior as he asked an NRDC official: 'Do you think the amount of blackout breaks the law?' On CNN's 'NewsNight,' after reporter Kelly Wallace featured the NRDC's complaints about being shut out, Connie Chung interviewed Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank. Her first question: 'Tell me, do these documents confirm the worse suspicions of influence peddling?'
"Neither show has yet clarified its skewed reporting," the MRC's Brent Baker said at www.mrc.org.

Brilliant maneuver
"A class-action suit filed by a black New Yorker seeks to shake down three corporations, FleetBoston, Aetna, and CSX, for their parent companies' historic connections with slavery," National Review notes in its April 22 issue.
"The Providence Bank, for example, one of several that merged into FleetBoston, was founded in 1791 by slave trader John Carter Brown, among others. Legally, it is demented to make claims of equity based on an institution that ended in the 1860s," the magazine said in an editorial.
"Morally, the evil of slavery was purged by the immense loss of life and wealth of the Civil War. Psychologically, the campaign for reparations keeps blacks down on the plantation. Politically, the lawsuit may be the GOP's most devious and brilliant maneuver yet. Imagine, come January 2004, Beardless Al, Joe Lieberman, and John Edwards being asked at a debate in Iowa whether they favor reparations for blacks. Anyone who says no will be out of luck. Ditto anyone who says yes. Kudos to Karl Rove."

Hyde's Mideast plan
If the violence ever stops in the Middle East, Rep. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, says he is "waiting and hoping" that "somebody prepares a Middle East Marshall Plan."
Interviewed on CNN's "Saturday Edition with Jonathan Karl," the Illinois Republican said such a plan should be "put on the table, so that the Palestinians who have no hope, who have no employment, who have nothing to do but throw stones and shoot guns, can have hope for a decent life.
"I think the world collectively can finance something like that," said Mr. Hyde, who called for the Palestinians to stop the suicide bombings and for the Israelis to withdraw from the West Bank.
Under the original Marshall Plan, named for Gen. George Marshall, the United States provided billions of dollars for food, machinery and other products to help European nations recover from World War II devastation.

Rice's dream job
Condoleezza Rice, the national security advisor, brushed off suggestions that she might make a good running mate for President Bush in 2004, if Vice President Richard B. Cheney should bow out of the picture.
When asked yesterday by CNN's Wolf Blitzer whether she would be interested in becoming veep, Miss Rice replied: "I'm still looking for the time the NFL [commissioners] job is open. That's what I'm waiting for."
Asked if she was saying she would rather be NFL commissioner than vice president, Miss Rice said, "I would rather be the NFL commissioner than almost anything."

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