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October 09, 2003
Good grief

Afghan battle 'worst in months'

Baghdad police station bombed

2 wounded as suicide bomber sets off explosive near West Bank army base

Six dead in Bogota car blast

Some days I regret the effort I put into getting up and into the office early so that I can read the news.

From the Center for American Progress (Via Common Dreams):

The Bush Administration on finding Osama Bin Laden in Central Asia:
“We're going to hunt them down one at a time…it doesn't matter where they hide, as we work with our friends we will find them and bring them to justice.” - President George W. Bush, 11/22/02

The Bush Administration on finding Saddam Hussein in the Mideast:

"We are continuing the pursuit and it's a matter of time before [Saddam] is found and brought to justice.”
- White House spokesman McClellan, 9/17/03

The Bush Administration on finding the leaker in the close confines of the White House:

“ I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official. I don't have any idea.”
- President George W. Bush, 10/7/03

Not only do we seem to have gotten less sure of our ability to track down the bad guys, it appears that it's a lot harder to find miscreants if they work in your building.

The debate over whether or not Rumsfeld has been kicked out of the 'cool' gang in Washington goes on, including speculation that Dowd speculates about it. So does another NYT Op-Ed.

And the Secretary-General of the U.N. seems to be aware of his organization's many failures over the years.

That Muslim chaplain accused of spying in Guantanamo seems to have been something less than an all-out terrorist. In fact, recent developments make it look likely that he won't be charged with spying at all. (There are a lot of reasons he could have made drawings of the cells and lists of the men's names. How about to go to the USofA national media and protest the months and months of illegal incarceration those men have suffered?)

The USofA press might think it's all just oh-so-yesterday, but overseas, people are still puzzling over the election of Arnie, the humiliator. They don't understand why Clinton was dragged down on much less evidence than exists on Schwarzenegger, some of which, as they point out, has been in common currency for years.

I don't know myself, but I do know that on the way home last night, I was listening to NPR interview a couple of California voters and one ("Barbara," a lawyer in downtown LA) though Schwarzenegger would be more "fun" in office than "the other guy." (Yeah, because that's what a state facing a massive deficit and climbing unemployment wants. A "fun" politician. Have you ever had one of those moments when you wanted to reach through the radio and just throttle someone?)

Another guy interviewed was part of that 30-44 demographic that was significant in getting Schwarzenegger elected and one of those who seemed confused between Schwarzenegger's movie roles and his private life. He talked about the election as though someone were going to script a happy ending for the governorship of this novice politician.

I don't know if Schwarzenegger will do a good job or not. I have a personal distaste for him but that doesn't mean I don't think he might be able to hire people who understand, as he does not, what it takes to govern a state, but as you read the article, it becomes more and more clear that the guy is a world-class pig.

Just thinking about it puts me in a bad mood. I'm going to go do some work, but before I go, know that George Will seems as upset by Schwarzenegger's election as I am, although for different reasons, of course.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:14 AM