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July 22, 2004
A Mixed Bag

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The Committee on the Present Danger inexplicably reminds me of the USHomeGuard site.

There are a lot of nuts in the world, I guess it's only natural that a few of them are in positions of power.

Running scared is the headline. The lead paragraph is even more interesting.

Bin Laden was captured long ago, Reagan's death was hushed up and the coming election has been fixed. Jonathan Raban on how the White House's obsession with secrecy has turned America into a nation of conspiracy theorists

It looks like a joke but read it. It's a serious column about a serious subject - the Bush Administration's obsession with secrecy.

Further, it tries to explain the popularity of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 as the product of a society desperate for information, any information, about what the government is up to. I dunno about that.

Not that the column is without humor.

A bumper sticker, popular among the sort of people I hang out with, reads: Bush-Cheney '04 - The Last Vote You'll Ever Have To Cast.

Moving on, I haven't written about the Sandy Berger story, have I?

So, the man took copies of documents. I'm just so not astounded by the criminality involved. I mean, speaking as someone who does a lot of library research, those of you who apparently don't read would be just amazed at how easy it is, packing up your stuff at the end of the day, to stack something that's not yours in with your own mass of papers and books.

I'm not saying he didn't do wrong. I'm saying I'm withholding judgment until we figure out of this is a real story or yet another desperate attempt of the Bush Administration's to distract the public from their abysmal record.

The only amusement value the situation has provided so far is the constant repetition, on the few right-wing blogs I frequent, of Berger as a "former Clinton" advisor. The Right is still so obsessed with Clinton-bashing that the Kerry connection takes second place to the idea that the many (gasp!) associated with The Evil Clinton!

To be fair to the Right, they're just parroting what they see in the media. The ABC site headlines the story on their front page as, "Berger Quits Kerry Campaign After Document Incident Revealed" but if you click the link, you get, "Ex-Clinton Adviser Berger Says Document Incident 'Honest Mistake,' but GOP Calls for Answers" and:]

Former national security adviser Sandy Berger says he regrets the way he handled classified terrorism documents, calling the whole thing "an honest mistake." Republicans say the matter raises questions about whether the former Clinton administration official sought to hide embarrassing materials.

Maybe the media just still sees Clinton as a better headline than Kerry, I don't know.

That's all the news I've had time for so far today. I spent most of my pre-work time this morning deleting comment spam.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:38 AM


I want that bumper sticker.

Posted by: Mighty Hunter at July 22, 2004 03:02 PM

Of course, the nation is starving for information. The Bush Administration obsession with secrecy is, I think, part of the reason why books by insiders, like Richard Clark, have been such hits.

In this, as in so many other ways, the Bush Administration seems to be going against the currents of history. The Internet has brought an unprecedented openness, or at least possible openness, to American society, but also, in addition, to international society. It's never been easier for me to get the opinions of Australians, Brits, or even those Germans and Iraqi's who have weblogs and write in English. It is an era of openness, and so it is rather strange that now the world's most powerful nation has what is perhaps the most secret obsessed administration in its history.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at July 26, 2004 09:00 PM