Morning Report: August 20, 2004

All over but the shoutin'? Muqtada al-Sadr has disappeared, according to latest news reports on the Najaf shrine standoff, but at this moment there are conflicting reports on whether police have entered the mosque.

Perspective on the Iraqi soccer (football) players. A widely publicized news item depicted members of the Iraqi olympic soccer team as harshly criticizing Preseident Bush and the United States. But how many football players were actually giving these views? One player, Ahmed Manajid, was quoted. What about the team as a whole? Omar at ITM offers a little perspective.

VDH: Europe getting the picture? Victor Davis Hanson notes that planned US troop withdrawals from Europe may be just the thing to supply our Old World friends with a bracing dose of reality. Read Hanson on Europe at the link.