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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

I'm reading this right now and it's brilliant:

Al Franken -- Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

It's full of the kind of facts that normally make your blood boil, but you only laugh. Out loud. How does he do it?

After hearing this on NPR, my next book will be:

Paul Krugman -- The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century

Here's the Buzzflash interview with Krugman.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

This pretty much sums it up.

. . . So after thousands of American casualties (largely hidden by the disgusting American media), billions and billions of dollars (the $87 billion is just the beginning; at the end of one year Americans will look back and see that they have spent at least $1 billion a day on Iraq), and an Iraq in utter turmoil turned into a beacon of new hope for fundamentalist terrorists, Ledeen just wants to repeat the whole thing in Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea. These neocons are not just evil, and they are not just stupid. They are completely and utterly insane. At some point, the American government has to be reintroduced to the concept of diplomacy, and come out of this nightmare that every political problem can be answered by the violence of war. Bush's only solution for the problems he has gotten his country into through a profound lack of imagination is to ask for much more of the same counterproductive violence to be applied to the Iraqi people. This is putting out a fire at a gas station using gasoline, and the inevitable conflagration is surely going to singe the American people at home (again). Eventually even the stupidest people - and we now have scientific proof that the Americans are in fact the stupidest people in the world, with 69% of them believing that Saddam was involved in 9-11 - are going to find out the hard way that the Bush/neocon solution to everything, more violence, doesn't work. If nothing else comes out of this debacle, at least we can hope that the doctrines of neoconservatism are eventually seen for the insane nonsense that they are.