"I’m not sure which planet they live on"

‘President Bush continues to encounter war critics in the most unlikely places — the United States military, for example. Last summer, retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security advis0r to Bush’s father during the Gulf War, bluntly expressed his doubt about a unilateral war against Iraq. A few weeks later, a trio of four-star generals appeared before Congress to echo that concern.

One of them was Gen. Wesley Clark, a former NATO military commander… Now comes retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former head of Central Command for U.S. forces in the Middle East, who has worked recently as the State Department’s envoy to the region with a mission to encourage talks between Palestinians and Israelis… Hawks in the Bush administration may be making deadly miscalculations on Iraq, says (Gen. Zinni.)’ Salon

Of Unicorns and Satyrs and Things With No Knees:

Review: ‘Perhaps there are those who will take delight in a lengthy, picaresque tale that combines historical verisimilitude with unicorns and satyrs and creatures called ponces who had “erect legs and no knee joints” and “phalluses, which hung from the chest.” More likely Baudolino will make you wonder how a storyteller as crafty as (Umberto) Eco ended up producing a novel so formulaic and cluttered as this one.’ NY Times

The Monk Chronicles (Part II)

‘Having decided to become a monk, I quit my job, sold my house, left a life I had built for twelve years on the west coast, and flew east. I had never set foot inside the place where I had resolved to spend the next several years, and possibly the rest of my life. I only had the most general notion of what kind of lifestyle I could expect….’ [more] Rudolf’s Diner [via wood s lot]