Pilloried Post

Excuses, excuses. Howard Kurtz offers a long-but-shallow examination of The Washington Post's credulous prewar reporting about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction and the Bush administration's supposed evidence for it. Atrios has already done the heavy lifting in highlighting some of the godawful revelations and admissions in this piece, but here's my two cents. To [Read More…]

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A Confession

OK, it's time to come clean. I forged the documents claiming that Iraq was attempting to buy uranium from Niger. What can I say? It seemed like a good idea at the time. Back in 2002, two things about the Bush administration's planned invasion of Iraq were becoming clear: 1) they were determined to do [Read More…]

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Denial is a happy place

From a report on President Bush's visit to Lancaster County, Pa., in Lancaster New Era: Veteran Jake Caldwell, 42, of Lancaster, held up a sign that stated "Stop the war" as he loudly questioned the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "I feel the American public’s been duped," Caldwell said. "I think it's [Read More…]

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Spy Games

Via Cursor I read this very interesting piece by The Guardian's Julian Borger on the growing suspicion that Ahmad Chalabi's INC — and therefore the United States — was doing the bidding of the Iranian government by invading Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein. (Cursor notes that this follows up on pieces in Time and Newsweek, [Read More…]

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Actionable Items

President Bush yesterday traveled to the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. The War College brings together some of America's best military minds to, in the word's of its founder, Elihu Root, "study and confer on the great problems of national defense, of military science and of responsible command." Faced with a perceived absence [Read More…]

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Stop promoting democracy

Promoting democracy abroad has become a cornerstone of American foreign policy — or at least of American foreign policy rhetoric. This is a mistake. Democracy is, of course, a Good Thing. I am eager to see it spread to the billions of people around the world who do not enjoy it today. But democracy is [Read More…]

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Falling Down

The 1993 movie Falling Down doesn't quite add up. Ebbe Roe Smith's screenplay wants to explore some interesting ideas about the relationship between violence and impotence, but director Joel Schumacher — the hack who made Batman and Robin — is much more interested in revelling in that violence than in understanding it. Still, no movie [Read More…]

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Faith and works

Sen. John McCain said several things last night on CNN's Larry King Live that bear repeating: … if we, somehow, excuse this behavior on the grounds that they were bad people, they killed Americans, all that kind of stuff, then we put ourselves on the same moral … plane that they are. We cannot do [Read More…]

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