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March 12, 2003

Dust. Well, there was a substantial point in last night’s post, but you could be forgiven if you failed to detect it amid the invective and attitudinizing.

Clearly I’m too bitter and wroth to be interesting or entertaining these days. Go read a weblogger who actually does his homework, like Charles Dodgson.

UPDATE: And while you’re at it, this awesome post about torture, the “war on drugs,” and what it tells us about the “war on terror”, from The Head Heeb. [07:15 AM]

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Bob Webber ::: (view all by) ::: March 12, 2003, 04:18 PM:

While that post didn't achieve what you intended and there is no certainty that the good that comes from it will outweigh the hurt, some of what's being slung about in the comments section clearly needed to come out. As, I think, did the expression of your frustration as one of those who stood up and said, "No, Bush and Gore are NOT interchangeable." I believe that you've been proven right in the main area of your comments at the time, judicial appointments.

Nobody predicted a successful terrorist attack on the USA back then, and nobody can say what a Gore administration would have done if it had been in power on 11 September, 2001, but the actions taken by the Bush administration run along the same lines as the predictable developments which you mentioned concerned you at the time: closed, opaque government, lying, increased conservatism, a change in the courts not away from "judges making law" but just to "judges making law" in directions preferred by conservatives.

The Dodgson piece is very interesting, I haven't read The Head Heeb's entry yet, but feel I should comment that excellent weblog entries can be written without doing extra homework. I don't think it takes much homework to realize that the post-9/11 Iraq policy of the US government would be different with an administration not loaded with PNAC members.

Avedon ::: (view all by) ::: March 12, 2003, 09:46 PM:

Sorry, but when George W. Bush caused two international incidents during the first presidential debate alone, I felt real fear. Yes, he's worse than I expected, but I've always known that these people start wars so they can con voters into getting all stupid and patriotic. Hearing anything he said about foreign policy made WWIII (pronounced: "Dubya Dubya III") look near in the future. The police state stuff we take for granted. There are no surprises here.

edub ::: (view all by) ::: March 13, 2003, 12:17 AM:

And the Serbian Prime Minister was killed today.

Since dubya dubya III has already started, I fully expect this will result in World War IV.

Andy ::: (view all by) ::: March 13, 2003, 02:10 AM:

Another big story of the day is Richard Perle suing that "closest reporter to a terrorist" Seymour Hersh in the U.K. over this story. I am disapointed that Perle went to the U.K. because Canada has about as bad a set of plaintiff-friendly libel laws. uggabugga has an updated chart that shows the linkages revealed by the Hersh article including one between Adnan Khashoggi and Theresa LePore(!).