I keep seeing words like "must" and "obviously" and "no choice" in commentary on the media's propensity to manipulate their product in order to achieve whatever they feel is the maximum effect intended. I fail to see why anyone would believe that because some people on the internet know about the manipulation, the media will decide to admit that they have problems with quality control and editorial bias.
Until someone breaks ranks within the established media, the calls for reform and the like are just so much hot air. I wish it were not so, but the reactions to this scandal certainly seem to bear me out.Comment Posted By Chris On 26.08.2006 @ 17:42
Thanks for the warning so that I could grab my tin foil cap.Comment Posted By Chris On 22.08.2006 @ 12:49
Oh and the only way to make a draft work politically is to hold major administration officials accountable. Cheney and/or Rumsfeld would have to go. Perhaps the top-dog himself. A resignation or two or nine and then a draft, or vice versa.Comment Posted By Chris On 20.08.2006 @ 21:17
More courage. 50,000 more troops? You can't find them and the trucks to convey them. Not now. That's not even enough troops. Pollack in the WaPo today writes of 450,000 troops. That would have to be OUR troops. Maybe a few battalions less, if we count on the best Iraqi formations. Maybe...
What it comes down to is a draft. I do not mean this in the Rangle-esque threat of a draft resolution to scare voters from the GOP. If you want to achieve something stable and productive in Iraq, you need a draft and a substantial resupply of the US Armed forces... You will need to raise taxes.
It is immature and wrong to simply leave Iraq to this evil. It might be wrong to stay as well. But, it would be wrong damned by the best intentions. Those intentions are only honest if they are also earnest. Yes, it's draft and taxes.
There's no "surge force" left in our military -- we can't send divisions to the problem overnight. Much of the equipment is in need of repair. Many battalions are drained of ardor, though morale is remarkably resilient and a credit to the force.
There are three options, as I see it. Cut and run (maybe just to Kurdistan). Fight the way we are now and lose eventually. Or, fight with overwhelming force and a half million Americans in the country.Comment Posted By Chris On 20.08.2006 @ 21:15
My good God, I just read Wolfe's piece. He should not be allowed outside the house and no writing instruments should be within 1500 yards of him.
It's obvious that he is so hung up on his loathing for a culture that has left him in the dust that he can't get his mind around anything but "whipper-snappers" anymore.Comment Posted By Chris On 15.08.2006 @ 20:13
George Bush was the best personality to handle 9/11 and the subsequent five years? Did you really mean that?
No, no, clearly not. I can think of several GOP Senators who would have been better presidents through these five years.Comment Posted By Chris On 15.08.2006 @ 20:09
The next 48 hours will be intensely interesting. I believe Nasrallah comes from the Iranian-theocracy school. He'll hold the reigns but never actually take the title of the leader of the nation. Now, you leap to the conclusion that this is intended to affect the Lebanese government. It very well might be so. However, Nasrallah has made the appearance of cooperation with the government once the PM stopped complaining about Hezbollah and started to complain about Israel.
I think this 48 hour of uncertainty is designed to provoke Israel into additional strikes, after agreeing to the ceasefire. Now, I hate Hezbollah and I want them destroyed, but they are attempting to appear like the defenders and not the aggressors to the Arab world. That demographic is so biased that it will work, unfortunately.
In this case, Nasrallah may have constructed the golden bridge for more attacks.
But my remarks are pure speculation. Time will tell.Comment Posted By Chris On 13.08.2006 @ 14:50
Another "mission accomplished" for George W. Bush.Comment Posted By Chris On 12.08.2006 @ 10:59
"One whose upper and lower ranks have the same desires will be victorious."Comment Posted By Chris On 10.08.2006 @ 16:05
How about we take bin Laden and his little Egyptian doctor out? Seems to me that POTUS has left them wandering around out there a little too long.
For all your (correctly placed) outrage at the imbeciles on the left thinking this is an easy fight, please direct a little ire at the man who is letting Baghdad burn and has yet to return the pelt of UBL.Comment Posted By Chris On 10.08.2006 @ 11:53