El Jefe has been brooding on his hacienda and is now back in Ciudad El Jefe freezing, and catching up on things. The secret police reports have piled up, not to mention all the mundane and boring things summed up under the label "work." A real post will no doubt appear soon.
Meanwhile, lots to read in the world . . .Ronald A. Cass over at Real Clear Politics invites us to speculate as to why former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger felt compelled to turn into Sandy Burglar and filch classifed materials from the National Archives. Something really sinister and important had to be going on for Mr. Burglar to run such huge risks, but nobody, least of all the media, seems to want to find out precisely what. Spook 86 at In from the Cold has some interesting comments on this case here, and (especially) here.
Down in sunny Havana, Fidel Castro is reportedly in "grave" condition says the AP, quoting the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Apparently that's not the AP copy editor making a pun, but what the Spanish paper actually says. El Pais apparently has "unnamed sources" in the Spanish hospital where one of Castro's doctors works, which makes the report very interesting indeed. Maybe Saddam's gonna have that new roommate after all.
Finally, Baron Bodissey over at Gates of Vienna discusses Senator Hillary Clinton's recent call on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The Baron correctly points out that the President-General probably thinks he is talking to the next US president, which, as the Baron tells us, is an assumption which the Senator no doubt shares. What this might mean for Pakistan is less clear, but I suspect that a Democratic administration will not be good news for the President-General, or for Pakistan in general. The Baron's piece also discusses a cleverly photo-shopped portrait on the Senator's website.