His master’s voice

So here's an editorial in today's paper. Odd. I hadn't heard of this secret plan they're on about. NPR, the BBC and KYW Newsradio hadn't mentioned it. Nor had The Washington Post or the Times from either coast, or the rest of the paper I get paid to read. And the usual couple of dozen blogs I trust to keep me abreast of such things hadn't mentioned this either. So I asked Google to tell me where this came from. And Google told me (via Media Matters). It came from … [Read more...]

Blame Canada

"Retired Generals Criticize Bush’s Plan for Iraq," The New York Times reports on a Senate committee hearing last Thursday: The American effort in Iraq has gone badly because the United States did not understand the consequences of deposing Saddam Hussein, said Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, a former director of the National Security Agency. He said the principal beneficiary of the war was Iran and al-Qaida, not the United States. “There is no way to win a war that is not in your … [Read more...]

The record, for the record

Avedon Carol takes issue with: Jonathan Chait's dopey article in which he again babbles about how the people who were right about the war were right for the wrong reasons, and that's why we should still listen to all the people who were wrong (for, I guess, the right reasons). Chait imagines that those of us who opposed the invasion never gave the right reasons. This is an incredibly stupid thing to say, not least for the fact that he doesn't appear to have been paying attention … [Read more...]

Sound familiar?

• June, 2002: "Save your breath. The president has already made up his mind." -- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on the planned invasion of Iraq • July 23, 2002: "Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route. ... The Defense Secretary said that the US had … [Read more...]

Useful Web tool

After reading this and this (both via), I found myself fooling around with the interactive visited countries map and thinking this might be a useful tool for trying to keep track of all the countries our president wants to fight -- with or without congressional/constitutional authority. Here's last year: And here's what seems to be the plans for this year (so far): Yeesh. (Update: Laura Rozen has more.) … [Read more...]

Everybody Knows

Last night I aked, "Will that fool anybody?" Today, according to an AP-Ipsos poll, the answer seems to be No: Americans overwhelmingly oppose sending more U.S. forces to Iraq, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll that serves as a strong repudiation of President Bush's plan to send another 21,500 troops. The opposition to boosting troop levels in Iraq reflects growing skepticism that the United States made the right decision in going to war in the first place and that a stable, … [Read more...]

Before the speech

So it looks like President Bush is going ahead with tonight's "major speech" on the war in Iraq. I was half-expecting it to be postponed or delayed again, since delay and stalling for time is the whole purpose of this speech. Essentially, Bush is asking for an extension. Another one. That's what this whole surge/escalation business is about. Think back to last year at this time: War's not going well, ethnic conflict is blossoming into full-fledged civil war, and the … [Read more...]

Going well

I have friends and relatives who fervently believe that the war in Iraq is going well. Any bad news you may be hearing is simply the distortions, lies and propaganda of the evil liberal media. (Since I'm part of that evil, liberal media, you can imagine what my Christmas visit with my family was like.) I say that they believe this "fervently" -- an adverb settled on because "honestly" and "earnestly" just won't fit. This is not something one can believe … [Read more...]