Here’s a quick one:
- Europe Knocks Wind Out of Stocks (WSJ) — Gee, and just when I thought things were getting better. I’m getting tired of Europe being all feckless and everything…
- US pullout leaves Pakistan vulnerable to insurgents (The Guardian) I chose the Guardian story, but there were several interesting Pakistan (POCK-ee-stahn, as the pres says) stories out there today with different angles, such as this one in the NYT, and this one in the WashPost. The collective effect of them is ominous. The NYT one probably more than any other — Tensions Flare as G.I.’s Take Fire Out of Pakistan.
- U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare in Attack Plan on Libya (NYT) — I suppose we’re nearing the day when “Special Ops” could be replaced by “Special Geeks.”
- Israel-Palestinian Prisoner Swap Stirs Strong Debate (NPR) It’s 500 Palestinians prisoners for one Israeli soldier. Which would make me, were I on the Palestinian side, think really long and hard about which side values human life more. Oh, and one of the 500 is this little monster — the bloody-hands-waving guy.
- Occupy Columbia protesters still at State House (thestate.com) — That was as of Sunday night. And I can report that they were there when I came back from Rotary after 2 p.m. Must have been about six of them. I could hear the Establishment crying out in terror, even with the car windows closed.
- ‘Worst fears realized’: Lattimore out for season (The State) — No, really — that was the actual LEDE headline in the paper this morning. In a font much bolder than usual. In the same position most newspapers would use to tell you if there were a nuclear war imminent. “Worst fears realized.” Hey, I’m sorry he’s hurt, and not just because he was a delight to watch, a really talented young man. But let’s get a grip. I mean, I’m putting it here because I agree people want to read about it, but still…