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Wednesday, October 23, 2002
SOOOoooooo . . .

It's not Bush that is acting cynically in regard to Iraq. It's France and Russia. reveals the reason they keep resisting Bush's valiant effort to achieve regime change.
posted at 10:39 AM
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Peace Now

Peace is a little different now.

This demonstration
(Oct.26 in Washington, DC) will be a Father/Daughter affair.

In 1967, my father, a Republican, wouldn't join me in protesting the Viet Nam war. He didn't come along until we protested Nixon's bombing of Cambodia in 1971 or '72.

The problem this time is no less ambiguous. Are we justified in attacking another country? Is it for the reasons stated, or is there some ulterior motive? Can we trust our own government?

My 14 year old daughter informed me tonight that she and her friends were planning to go to the protest this Saturday. They have canceled plans to go to the movies.

Tomorrow morning, I'll be downloading and printing flyers for her on the efficient equipment at work. I'll be arranging transportation for them so that I can go with them.

I won't be leading on Saturday. I'll be listening. I'll avoid giving long, boring history lectures. I'll answer questions briefly if I'm asked.

We will probably have nothing to fear from the police this time, unlike the old days. They were fairly mild mannered during the most recent protest here.

The fear in Washington these days is of the sniper who has killed 10 and critically wounded 3 people in the last 3 weeks. I won't let my daughter go outside for more than a few minutes for any reason. But we'll face that fear together on Saturday.

Our odds will be 1 in 5 million (the population of the Washington Metro area). The odds for anyone in Iraq will be worse. The odds for anyone in any army will be worse. The odds for civilians in Baghdad will be a lot worse.

posted at 10:59 PM
Who do you trust?

Ultimately, the question arises: who do you trust?

J______ believes that "liberals" are the least trustworthy group, but he seems open to reasoned arguments.
P______ has no time for leftists. They are all kooks and ignoramuses, according to him. And anyone to the left of Charles Krauthammer is a leftist.
T______ thinks the radical right are God-struck fanatics who will not hesitate to achieve their ends "by any means necessary."
M______ has made it plain that he trusts no politicians whatsoever. "If voting could change anything, it would be illegal," he says.

For me, everyone has something to sell. Therefore, everyone has reason to lie. Not only to lie, but also to use truth in the service of falsehood, a truly demonic skill. Who is cynical? Who is cynical enough?

posted at 1:21 PM
Quote of the day

NYT brings us this insight into the character of one of America's most prominent political personalities.
"She is a very congenial colleague," said Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, sounding surprised at his own words.

posted at 12:51 PM

The Washington Post continues its
campaign to discredit George W. Bush.

One reason we have a free press in this country is that the founders hoped the truth might shine forth amid whatever lies there may be. Is anyone listening?

posted at 12:43 PM
Monday, October 21, 2002
Liars, Damn Liars, and Politicians

With apologies to Statisticians everywhere.

Mary McGrory accuses Bush et al. of hiding the Korea story until the Congressional resolution passed.
WSJ confirms that the administration knew about North Korea's nukes weeks ago:
"When we told North Korea a couple of weeks ago that we knew that they were participating in the enrichment of uranium, which was in violation of a number of agreements to include [the 1994 pact], they first denied it, then admitted it and said, 'and therefore the agreement is nullified,' " Mr. Powell said on ABC's This Week.

posted at 11:08 AM
Sunday, October 20, 2002
Predominance . . . or just plain old-fashioned dominance

Who thought that American power would be used only for good? What are we, Spiderman?

American power is just power. It's not in the hands of idealists. It's not even in the hands of kinder, gentler people. It's in the hands of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, et al. They aren't interested in being nice. They want to wield power in the worst way. And it looks like that's just what they're going to do.

The bad news is that Americans are going along with it.

"We're all hegemonists now," writes
Max Boot in his op-ed piece reprinted by The Project for the New American Century, William Kristol's latest organ of propaganda. The New American Century may be a whole lot more totalitarian than the "new world order."

posted at 8:05 PM


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