Daily Archives: June 8, 2007

Wall Street Journal misspells “felon” in editorial

calls Scooter Libby a “fallen” (sic) soldier.

Don’t they have spell check?  I know it must be “felon”, because that’s what he is, and besides, to group a convicted crook with our killed and wounded soldiers would be, well, pretty jacked up.  And he was actually part of that bunch that lied us into the damned war… Geez, the Wall St. Journal couldn’t be calling Scooter a “fallen soldier”…could they?

Am I wrong?  Am I WRONG?

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Mr. Gore: read THIS; only if you become president can you stop global warming

The Wall St. Journal runs an op ed today that makes it clear that global warming will not even be addressed, let alone solved, without some very forceful leadership from Washington, calling Bush a “shrewd diplomat on global warming” for his disemboweling of any meaningful plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

essentially in response to Bush’s foot dragging:

Tony Blair: The truth is, no country is going to cut its growth or consumption in the light of a long-term environmental problem.

…..

Yesterday’s declaration [by the G-8], far from mandatory targets, instead sets a “global goal” of halving emissions by 2050.

If Gore is really serious about change, if he is committed, then he has to run for president.

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Krugman: the reporting on the presidential debates is terrible

an important piece today on the superficial reporting of the recent presidential debates; Paul Krugman, NY Times Select:

You may not remember the presidential debate of Oct. 3, 2000, or how it was covered, but you should. It was one of the worst moments in an election marked by news media failure as serious, in its way, as the later failure to question Bush administration claims about Iraq.

Throughout that debate, George W. Bush made blatantly misleading statements, including some outright lies — for example, when he declared of his tax cut that “the vast majority of the help goes to the people at the bottom end of the economic ladder.” That should have told us, right then and there, that he was not a man to be trusted.

But few news reports pointed out the lie. Instead, many news analysts chose to critique the candidates’ acting skills. Al Gore was declared the loser because he sighed and rolled his eyes — failing to conceal his justified disgust at Mr. Bush’s dishonesty. And that’s how Mr. Bush got within chad-and-butterfly range of the presidency.

Now fast forward to last Tuesday. Asked whether we should have invaded Iraq, Mr. Romney said that war could only have been avoided if Saddam “had opened up his country to I.A.E.A. inspectors, and they’d come in and they’d found that there were no weapons of mass destruction.” He dismissed this as an “unreasonable hypothetical.”

Except that Saddam did, in fact, allow inspectors in. Remember Hans Blix? When those inspectors failed to find nonexistent W.M.D., Mr. Bush ordered them out so that he could invade. Mr. Romney’s remark should have been the central story in news reports about Tuesday’s debate. But it wasn’t.

…[other examples]

For if there’s one thing I hope we’ve learned from the calamity of the last six and a half years, it’s that it matters who becomes president — and that listening to what candidates say about substantive issues offers a much better way to judge potential presidents than superficial character judgments. Mr. Bush’s tax lies, not his surface amiability, were the true guide to how he would govern.

And I don’t know if this country can survive another four years of Bush-quality leadership.

Amen, amen, and amen.

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Newsweek calls Bush “plan” for Iraq “hazy,” a polite word for “no plan.”

As the mayhem in Iraq continues unabated, the various Plan B’s and trial  balloons and Korea analogies and waffling and backtracking around the White House are recounted in Newsweek by Michael Hirsch.

It’s a sad tale.  Bush doesn’t know what he’s doing and neither does anyone else, inside the White House or outside it.  Let the war czar worry about it, that’s the clear message.  Refer all questions to him, and do the little smirk.

The best hope now for America is that the Iraqis boot us out in December, when the UN occupation resolution must be re-voted upon. The chances of that are probably less than 50-50; the parliament wants us out, but al-Maliki will veto any such legislation (as long as he’s in power).  If he falls, it’s probably chaos.  The only hope would be in a situation where al-Maliki feels he can stay in power only by booting the US. That seems like a leap of faith that he would never take.

h/t Atrios.

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Hmmm…is this the political solution we were promised?

In the first 4 1/2 months of 2007, American aircraft dropped 237 bombs and missiles in support of ground forces in Iraq, already surpassing the 229 expended in all of 2006, according to U.S. Air Force figures obtained by The Associated Press

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This week at the Rapture

God’s Main Man on Earth, the Rapture Index Guy, sees Putin’s mutterings as a sign that the Rapture might soon be upon us.

I’m sorry, but Rapture Index Guy is fresh outta cred. It’s been a year, and the guy still can’t figure out how to make his columns line up.

Are we supposed to believe he can read the mind of God? I think not. Until he gets his website together, I’m not gonna be reporting his opinions to people as if they’re fact.

I have my standards, after all.

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Update: al Qaeda has still not followed Russians home from Afghanistan.

And that is UP  TO THE  MINUTE.

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