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May 21, 2003

As you may have read, President Bush, addressing the Coast Guard Academy, has promised that the “war on terror” will be won.

Matthew Yglesias is good on this:

But what could this possibly mean? If it means that al-Qaida won’t destroy the United States and impose a worldwide Islamic state well, then, of course we’re going to win the war on terrorism. If it means that at some point in the near future there aren’t going to be any more terrorist attacks, then we’re obviously not going to win. If it means that at some point in the near future there will be more terrorist attacks but they won’t be organized by al-Qaida then I suppose we very well might win, but that sounds like a pretty hollow victory unless we accomplish this goal in a way that makes people safer or improves the world in some other way.
As someone or other pointed out a while ago, “terrorism” isn’t going to sign any surrender agreements aboard the battleship Missouri. [02:58 PM]
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andrew b. ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 04:52 PM:

“terrorism” isn’t going to sign any surrender agreements aboard the battleship Missouri...

Well as long as we defeat EVIL, I'll be satisfied.

N in Seattle ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 05:22 PM:

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Gee, andrew b., is that all you ask? Seems like a pretty easy mark. Just what Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and just about every other creed on the planet have been able to do.
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Jon H ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 10:52 PM:

I don't need to see Bush defeat Evil.

I think I'd settle for Bush getting Unethical into a headlock.

Kevin Andrew Murphy ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 01:19 PM:

I don't know how you can put yourself into a headlock.