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If this were Brad de Long’s blog, this header would read “Andrew Northrup is banging his head against the wall.”

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September 8, 2003

Let me break it on down. Jim Henley proffers grandmotherly advice to this administration.
Here’s a rule of thumb: If your cunning plan that can not fail requires years of undivided resolute purpose to achieve highly speculative if grandiose ends, you can be pretty darn sure that this country is going to manifest a sizable bunch of critics. If it’s really true that the mere existence of those critics prevents you from achieving your ends, then your plan may not be so cunning after all. Survivors of close, indeed disputed elections who got in with a plurality of the popular vote should put the rule of thumb in boldface. Such administrations should consider starting only those wars which are absolutely and clearly necessary, and only upon securing agreement on honest and accurate cause in advance.

Or do as they like, but don’t be little whiners.

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Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2003, 10:22 PM:

Woof. It's the link that makes it perfect. Reading the Jim Henley bit and the Andrew Northrup quote in quick succession is dizzying.

Jeff Cooper ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2003, 11:02 PM:

Technical matter: Bush didn't even get a plurality. That fact, of course, only underscores Jim's bigger point.

adamsj ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2003, 11:25 PM:

I went to the Congress
I was feeling kinda rough
They said, "Let me break it to you son,
Your war's f*ck*d up."
I said, "My war's f*ck*d up?
I thought I had you beat."
They said, "The sh*t you used to serve,
Now it's sh*t we won't eat."

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: September 09, 2003, 09:24 AM:

Nice merging of threads, adamsj.