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April 30, 2004
Mind. Boggling.

Girl cooties are a potent weapon against fanaticism.

Talking about challenging the Patriot Act violates secrecy provisions of the Patriot Act. Yet some people deny the Patriot Act goes a bit too far in curbing civil liberties.

But it's all okay if The Man is havin' fun with it, right? (New theories occur to me all the time. Now I think that hiding Bush from the public is a ploy to make "seeing" him more special, making people tasked with investigating potential failings less critical?) I have to say that it doesn't give me confidence in the 9/11 commission to hear that one participant was busy admiring the "twinkle" in Bush's eye instead of following the lines of questioning.

Digby. Naughty boy.

This is unreasonable. If the Bush Administration had landed on Fallujah with all four feet, firing rockets and missiles in every direction, the Left would have been screaming their lungs out. Since they're trying to find a different solution, Dreyfuss is scoffing. Shame.

Bush speaks (Earlier today):

"A year ago I did give the speech from the carrier saying we had achieved an important objective, accomplished a mission, which was the removal of Saddam Hussein," Bush said.

"As a result, there are no longer torture chambers or mass graves or rape rooms in Iraq," the president said.

Given recent revelations of torture, death, and rape in Iraqi prisons, I find myself….I'm sorry. I just can't deal with this kind of reality-bending.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:44 PM


Don't forget the mass graves at the Fallujah soccer field.

Posted by: Tom at April 30, 2004 04:07 PM

Fallujah is a perfect example of the failure of binary logic and the failure of the muddled middle. The Bush Administration saw the options as full-out assault or being taken for a fool; they choose a compromise, which is to allow someone else to stage a full-out assault and be taken for a fool.

There must be more options out there than retreat, destruction and proxies. Hmm. Maybe we should ask the Iraqis what they want.... and give it to them? That'd be democratic.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 30, 2004 06:39 PM

I find myself wondering if the Bush Administration is willing to grant "democracy" to the Iraqis before they meet some internal USofA standard for "pacification."

In any case, given our hopes of long-term military bases in the country, the problem of Iraqis wanting USofA soldiers off their land is going to be with us for quite a long time.

Posted by: Anne at May 1, 2004 06:29 AM