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April 12, 2004
And So It Begins

Remember what I said about expecting some revision in that March "new jobs" figure? Well? What about those 308,000 jobs, anyhow? Scroll down to the bit beginning, "I've seen a lot of dishonesty in government, but this is ridiculous" (Via Suburban Guerrilla.)

Is this what's really happening in Fallujah? (Via TalkLeft.)

Tom Englehardt on hubris and the collapse of Iraq.

A CIA veteran decodes that all-important PDB (Presidential Daily Briefing) and decides George and Condi were napping on government time. Andrew disagrees. Sort of. But not entirely. Mostly he says we donít have enough context to decide one way or the other. He brings up some very good points. And over at Elayne's site, they're debating the length. Was it 1-1/2 pages long or a whopping 11-1/2 pages?

You should read this. (Via Gary Farber.)

Appeasing tyrants is poor policy. Victor Davis Hanson writes about The Fruits of Appeasement.
(Via Atlantic Blog.)

Greg Easterbrook writes a pretend scenario, an "alternate history" of Bush taking action, pre 9/11. (Via VodkaPundit.) Very funny reading, but I'm sure that's unintentional.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:27 PM


Comments

Easterbrook's "alternate history" is pretty amusing. His assumption that the appropriate response to 9/11 would also have been the appropriate preventative measures is blatantly wrong. His assumption that our responses, particularly the invasion of Iraq on empty promises, are not violations of international law and impeachable is also wrong. And his assumption that the president would not do something impeachable in order to prevent thousands (and counting) of American deaths and regional disorder is telling, as well.

Republicans are trying to argue that there was "no choice," no viable alternatives to the history the way it happened. That we live in the best of all possible worlds (c.f. Leibniz, Pangloss).

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 12, 2004 02:26 PM

Well, I'm glad it wasn't just me. I was snickering all the way through it. (I checked the date on the post twice to make certain it wasn't an April Fool post.

A very apt quote. Wish I'd thought of it.

Posted by: Anne at April 12, 2004 05:12 PM