"As I say, it's all about Iran now. The Bush administration is suffocating under the punishing weight of the catastrophic failures of its policies in every area, and it can only be saved by another major crisis, even an entirely invented one. They hope that such a crisis will serve to unite the country behind them once again, at least to the extent required to save them from the equivalent of political death....read on"
95 documents found in 0.001 seconds.
Tony Snow refused to answer anything about this today on the Talk Show circuit:
"An Iraqi farmer said Sunday that he saw seven heavily armed gunmen capture two American soldiers during an attack on a road checkpoint south of Baghdad, while U.S. troops searched for their comrades for a second day...read on"
How are our troops supposed to defend themselves against this?
Arthur blasts David Brooks and Barry McCaffrey:
Of course the soldiers in the field -- that is, the soldiers in the front lines of this conflict who might be killed almost any second of any day -- are going to express confidence in the officers leading them, and even in the mission. They have to -- to maintain their sanity, and to believe they will get out alive. They have to believe these things, if you understand the most rudimentary elements of human psychology...In other words: what on earth does McCaffrey think the soldiers are going to tell him in the kinds of settings he describes? read on"
For Derbyshire and the warmongers, it always comes back to Iran ...
This morning, however, my screams were of a somewhat different kind: they were screams of deeply bitter laughter, of a kind I have not experienced for quite a long time. My bitterness and laughter were occasioned by the description of certain of those "huge treasure" of documents that have miraculously turned up just in time to boost Bush's sagging political fortunes... read on"
"And about the secrecy surrounding this latest "trick play": Bush didn't even tell the Iraqi government that he was coming! Al-Maliki didn't know about Bush's arrival until five minutes before he met with him. Well, it's not like Iraq is a sovereign nation or anything. Think more along the lines of the imperial governor visiting the far-flung provinces. Nifty. And so American, too! I'm sure the founders are immensely pleased....read on"
H/T to Kurtz for picking up his six month mantra.
K, the transcript's in. Here's what Tom Friedman had to say to Howard Kurtz yesterday about Iraq:
You know, the problem with analyzing the story, Howie, is that it doesn't -- everyone, first of all, this is the most polarized story I've certainly written about, so everyone wants, basically, to be proven right, OK? So the left -- people who hated the war, they want you to declare the war is over, finish, we give up. The right, just the opposite. But I've been trying to just simply track the situation on the ground. (Emphasis added.)
I don't know, I kinda think being right on such matters as whether to fight a war might be important. Particularly if you're Tom Friedman, the man whom wavering liberals trusted more than anyone else in the galaxy to interpret the Middle East for them in the runup to the Iraq war. Whether you were right about that or not should tell us a thing or two about the soundness of your judgments and doctrines. Yet in Friedman's world, those who were right about Iraq couldn't possibly have been motivated by reason or sound thinking. No, they were driven by emotion: they "hated" the war....read on
"You therefore should feel free to disregard the following in its entirety. Perhaps a commentator like Tom Friedman is more suited to your tastes. Friedman has been consistently, relentlessly wrong about everything. Moreover, Friedman is admirably and extraordinarily conscientious in his refusal to recognize even one of his errors, and believes that his time is far better spent in vilifying and marginalizing those who would dare to point out his mistakes, and their calamitous costs. In the race to destroy the few remaining vestiges of intelligence in our national debates, always having been wrong makes one especially well-qualified to serve as an expert with regard to what we should do now and in the future. If others happened to be right and, even worse, if they were right for provable reasons which were also correct, well, that only demonstrates their nefarious, ugly motives and that they are not to be trusted on even a single point....read on
Peter: It seems Pat Healy, the king of Kerry-bashing, has set his sights on Hillary Clinton. And it also appears Mr. Healy has decided to enter the world of blogging. Please extend a friendly welcome and let him know what you think about his new home and his new mission.
Arthur is a guy I link to a lot when his health permits. It looks like his computer is about to stop working. Any help for him would be appreciated.
I want to thank the kindness from the many C&L readers that came through for Arthur Silber. Read his heartfelt response to your generosity.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! My deepest gratitude to all of the wonderfully generous people who have made donations and offered assistance in other ways. I'm genuinely overwhelmed. I simply don't know what to say...read on
"In his bracingly clear and concise article, Hornberger debunks two common but utterly misguided objections to these statements of fact. The first objection is that Bush can be trusted and that, in effect, he "means well," that he's only trying "to protect us." Among many other problems, this ignores that every authoritarian leader in history has made the same claim: that his regime is concerned only with the good of his people, or the good of his country, or to further the will of God, or...read on"