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2004 US Election

we never learn

CNN.com – Army finds Tillman probably killed by friendly fire – May 29, 2004:

U.S. Army Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former professional football player killed last month in Afghanistan, was probably killed by gunfire from his own unit during an intense firefight, the U.S. Army said Saturday.

As the article reads, this in no way diminishes his sacrifice: he is no less a role model to his fellow soldiers who he was leading to the rescue of a convoy, nor to others who want to focus on something more ennobling than the Abu Ghraib debacle.

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it could be called work

Yeatsian imagery matched to Shakespearian tragedy

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Salon.com | Washington’s Chalabi nightmare:

Washington, which was just weeks ago in the grip of neoconservative orthodoxy and absolute belief in Bush’s inevitability and righteousness, is now in the throes of agonizing events and being ripped apart by investigations. Things fall apart; all that was hidden is revealed; all sacred exposed as profane: the military, loyal and lumbering, betrayed and embittered; the general in the field, Lt. Gen. Sanchez, disgraced and cashiered; and the most respected retired generals training their artillery on those who have ill-used the troops, still dying in the field; the intelligence agencies, a nautilus of chambers, abused and angry, its retired operatives plying their craft with the press corps, seeping dangerous truths; the press, hesitatingly and wobbly, investigating its own falsehoods; the neocons, publicly redoubling their passionate intensity, defending their hero and deceiver Chalabi, privately squabbling, anxiously awaiting the footsteps of FBI agents; Colin Powell, once the most acclaimed man in America, embarked on an endless quest to restore his reputation, damaged above all by his failure of nerve; everyone in the line of fire motioning toward the chain of command, spiraling upward and sideways, until the finger pointing in a phalanx is directed at the hollow crown.

Things fall apart? Passionate intensity? You doubtless remember where those come from . . .

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2004 US Election

when did CNN decide it wanted to be Fox News?

Eschaton:

[Kelli] ARENA: Neither John Kerry nor the president has said troops [will be] pulled out of Iraq any time soon. But there is some speculation that al Qaeda believes it has a better chance of winning in Iraq if John Kerry is in the White House.

There you go. We’re fighting al Qaeda in Iraq and they think John Kerry is a wimp.

This is so not right, it’s not even wrong. I thought the Iraq==Al Qaeda notion was finally understood to be a figment of the warheads’ imagination.

Atrios has the phone numbers to call in and gently suggest some fact-checking might be in order.

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2004 US Election

the ancients said it best

apropos of Iran using the US to rid themselves of Saddam Hussein:

Persian Proverb
“Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake.”
[Motivational Quotes of the Day]

This is the same part of the world that gave us “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This one is just a little more to the point. Maybe we’ll get a president who isn’t so gullible next time . . .