A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Random thoughts for February 06, 2005

Before the election, the attacks by insurgents were said to be an attempt to disrupt the election. So now that the election is over, why are they still attacking and killing our troops. Are they trying to disrupt the vote count like the Brooks Brothers Riot of 2000?

Is there some tacit agreement that whenever Al Sadr’s name is used, it must be prefaced with “radical cleric?”

A list of “undesirables” was used to keep several people out of a taxpayer sponsored event in Fargo, North Dakota, a hotbed of political activism. The White House initially denied supplying the list, but now there’s a report that an overzealous staffer was responsible. So, who compiled the list in the first place and why. In any hierarchy, those in charge usually have some accountability for the actions of those under them, not so here evidently. Just like the prison abuse scandal, only the lowest level malefactors pay any consequences.

All the right-wing chatter about how great the Iraqi elections were and how they proved GWB long-term goals were within sight and how dare anyone still question the agenda and how upset democrats were that the elections were purportedly an underwhelming success reminded me of the right-wing response after Colin Powell’s powerful presentation to the United Nations. Really, how could anyone have watched that and still question the rationale for invading a sovereign country which hadn’t actually attacked us. Excuse me, but I think I’ll reserve judgment on the success of the elections for a little while just to see whether any appreciable improvement on the ground is forthcoming.

The doctrine of preemption is used by republicans whenever they are doing something despicable. Whatever accusation which could appropriately be leveled at their actions, they accuse their opponents of first.

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