The Fair Political Practices Commission is an embarrassment, engaging in a full investigation, convicting Sunder Ramani of 33 direct campaign violations ("Report: Ramani campaign erred, Sept. 3) and simply slapping him on the hand and saying don't do it again. Come on.
I wonder how Ramani will engage in state legislation when he or his treasurer can't seem to understand campaign finance. The fact remains, Ramani had 33 violations and he "won" the Republican primary simply because he was the only person on the ballot. Even when concealing his contributions he lost the runoff.
What will he try to cover up next? Where he lives? That's right, he's probably has done that, too!
Afghanistan is lacking rule of law
A few years ago, during one of my visits with American troops in Afghanistan, a lieutenant colonel told me that Afghanistan felt "like the third front in a two-front war." This statement captured the mood in Kabul in the middle of the last decade: Having routed the Taliban and smashed Al Qaeda's infrastructure, American commanders were left to hold the fractured country together with few troops and little in the way of coordinated assistance, while attention and resources were lavished on Iraq.