>Members of the Nevada State Legislature will have to cool their heels while awaiting an explanation from Governor Gibbons about the functionality of his (Canada’s?) Empowered Schools program. [LVRJ] For all the appointees to transition teams (Rolodex Regiments) and “input” into his State of the State Message, the Governor managed to ignore the INVEST plan for Nevada schools, the superintendents of Nevada school districts, and the pilot program for school decentralization in Clark County. Sounds like someone didn’t do his homework?
It gets more and more obvious the Bush Administration’s homework on Iraq was lacking — as if anyone needed more proof. Now, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are becoming highly critical of U.S. policy in the Middle East. [WaPo] Who’s winning? Iran. While the Bush Administration is rejecting calls to deal directly with Iran and Syria, the Saudis and the Iranians are working together to try to turn down the heat in Iraq and Lebanon. [WaPo] European nations are joining the chorus resisting Bush Administration demands that they curtail supports for exports to Iran and other sanctions. “We want to squeeze the Iranians,” said a European official. “But there are varying degrees of political will in Europe about turning the thumbscrews. It’s not straightforward for the European Union to do what the United States wants.” [NYT] Thus much for building alliances? Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) suggests that the Bush Administration “resembles an ostrich when it come to foreign diplomacy.” [MWB]
As to President Bush’s claim to be The Decider — Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) weighs in with: “I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider,” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said during a hearing on Congress’ war powers amid an increasingly harsh debate over Iraq war policy. “The decider is a shared and joint responsibility,” Specter said.” [WaPo]