Monday, August 14, 2006


Streets of my town - or the one I grew up in.

Seymour Hersh on Bushco motives in the Israel-Hezbollah war:

The Bush Administration, however, was closely involved in the planning of Israel’s retaliatory attacks. President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney were convinced, current and former intelligence and diplomatic officials told me, that a successful Israeli Air Force bombing campaign against Hezbollah’s heavily fortified underground-missile and command-and-control complexes in Lebanon could ease Israel’s security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential American preëmptive attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations, some of which are also buried deep underground.

Hendrik Hertzberg on the begrudging awakening of (a very small percentage) of the talking class:

Even so, in this August of 2006 a palpable, ’68-like shift in sentiment is in the steamy air. Among foreign-policy élites and the broader public alike, it has become the preponderant conviction that George W. Bush’s war of choice in Iraq is a catastrophe.

William Greider states the obvious, but does it well:

An evil symbiosis does exist between Muslim terrorists and American politicians, but it is not the one Republicans describe. The jihadists need George W. Bush to sustain their cause. His bloody crusade in the Middle East bolsters their accusation that America is out to destroy Islam. The president has unwittingly made himself the lead recruiter of willing young martyrs.

More to the point, it is equally true that Bush desperately needs the terrorists. They are his last frail hope for political survival. They divert public attention, at least momentarily, from his disastrous war in Iraq and his shameful abuses of the Constitution. The "news" of terror--whether real or fantasized--reduces American politics to its most primitive impulses, the realm of fear-and-smear where George Bush is at his best.

The danger of dirty hippies:


Blogger Landru said...

Meh. The race in question in our old home town is in my new legislative district. While the stalker guy is, without question, a potentially dangerous wacko, it's also possible that candidate Ali is being less than forthcoming. I saw some campaign lit of his that strongly implied (citing a particular church, and various clergy endorsements) that he's a Christian. His wife (also featured prominently in the lit) is bland-blonde.

Of course, I don't care about his religion, or whether he has one. I don't care about his wife. I do care if he's pathological deceitful (of course, one could argue that's a key job skill in Annapolis). And either he's got some of the party machinery behind him, or the party machinery is (as usual) late waking up--I got polled the other day, and I only vaguely recognized the names of most of the incumbents (at least one of whom I actively dislike).

All that said: the Islamophobe is, to be sure, a wackjob.

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