- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Hold the mayo
"Make me a sandwich, Madeleine Albright. Because the woman belongs behind a deli counter. Not speaking before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and accusing the Bush administration of an 'irrational exuberance' for the conflict with Iraq. Or employing psychobabble to accuse the administration of having a 'split personality' and 'bipolar disorder' on global issues and overseas conflicts, as she did at Tufts University in May.
"Lest anyone think the sandwich request be hyperbolic, let's recall that the Albanian delegation to 1999's Kosovo peace talks thought she was the cleaning lady.
"Albright has been called 'tough' on issues, an 'outspoken woman who tells it like it is.' Unfortunately, she is generally tough on the wrong issues and has a flair for telling it like it isn't. Even after it wasn't.
"The piece de resistance came in 1990 when she was vocal in opposing the use of force against Iraq arguing that more time should have been given to negotiations and sanctions. But as secretary of state, Albright offered no such alternatives to Yugoslavia, for whose Kosovo problem she displayed 'irrational exuberance' in being the earliest and most consistent advocate of using American military might, as she had likewise been with Bosnia. In other words, where military force makes sense, she is against it; where it will cause a quagmire, she is for it. When the enemy is scary, she advocates passivity; when the enemy is not an enemy, she calls for attack.
"Indeed, the woman gives a whole new meaning to the term counter-intelligence."
Julia Gorin, writing on "Make Me a Sandwich, Madeleine Albright," Monday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

No longer the elites
"The number of Middle Eastern immigrants in the U.S. has grown nearly eightfold from 1970 to 2000, and expected to double again by 2010. This growth could have significant repercussions for our homeland security and our support for Israel.
"We defined the Middle East broadly as running roughly from Morocco to Pakistan. While the overall size of the foreign-born population has tripled since 1970 and now stands at 31 million, the number of immigrants from the Middle East has grown more than twice as fast from fewer than 200,000 in 1970 to nearly 1.5 million in 2000.
"Immigrants from the Middle East are one of the most highly educated groups in America, with almost half having a bachelor's degree Another positive sign is their high rates of citizenship: Half are U.S. citizens compared with 35 percent of immigrants overall. One would think that radicalism would have little appeal for this group, but there are troubling indicators as well. In 2000, nearly one in five Middle Eastern immigrants lived in poverty. Immigration from the Middle East is no longer an entirely elite phenomenon."
Steven A. Caramota in "The Muslim Wave" in the Sept. 16 National Review

Out of control
"Lesson of the day: Just because they love you in Germany doesn't mean you necessarily know how to love yourself. David Hasselhoff learned that one the hard way.
"The former 'Baywatch' and 'Knight Rider' star says that his infamous rendezvous with a minibar a few months back, which rendered him unconscious and flat on his back in the emergency room, was 'rock bottom' for him.
"It was enough to send him back to the Betty Ford Clinic, from whence he had come, to really duke it out with his addictions.
"'I've got to end up in the hospital before I go, I can't handle this. I was spinning out of control,' Hasselhoff tells TV Guide magazine. 'Some people can have a few drinks and others cannot.'
"Not surprisingly, Hasselhoff reveals, that little episode was hardly his first go-around with hotel beverages.
"'I once thought about writing a book called "The Minibar and Me,"' he shares. '[Id be] social drinking, having fun and I'd just have a blackout.'
"Could that explain the 'Baywatch' years?"
Amy Reiter, writing on "Major minibar mojo," Monday in Salon at www.salon.com

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