Friday, April 25, 2003

Why we went to war
The only possible explanation, the only possible use [Saddam] could have for those weapons, is to dominate, intimidate, or attack. (Bush, State of the Union)
"We were not lying," said one official. "But it was just a matter of emphasis."

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Republican's choose late date for convention to tie into 9/11 commemorations
The convention, to be held in New York City, will be the latest since the Republican Party was founded in 1856, and Mr. Bush's advisers said they chose the date so the event would flow into the commemorations of the third anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The Republican party's choice of dates will require Alabama to change its election laws to accomodate their schedule. The GOP's choice of September 2 falls two days after Alabama's Aug. 31 deadline to certify presidential candidates. Republicans are asking the Democrat-controlled Legislature to change the law and extend the deadline until Sept. 5.
Two perspectives on the consequences of U.S. diplomatic failures
"I'm saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war. Saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn't create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country."
Tom Daschle, 3/18/2003

"The last seven months have involved six months of diplomatic failure and one month of military success. The first days after military victory indicate the pattern of diplomatic failure is beginning once again and threatens to undo the effects of military victory."
Newt Gingrich, 4/22/2003

Republican leader attacks homosexuals, Constitutional right to privacy
Speaking on the current Supreme Court case involving the Texas sodomy laws, Sen. Santorum, R-Penn says: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything... All of those things are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family," Santorum said. "And that's sort of where we are in today's world, unfortunately. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist, in my opinion, in the United States Constitution." Santorum's concern with the issue is not new. From 2002: I know it may sound like a huge exaggeration, particularly in light of the attack on America, but this may truly be the most important letter I ever write you.... to draft an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect the holy sacrament of marriage from those who would legalize same-sex "marriage". Santorum's position on same-sex relationships is an extention of his beliefs about the extent of the authority of the state: The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that.

Sen. Santorum is the GOPs conference chairman. Should Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, retire in 2006, Santorum will seek the post.

Dean responds, as does Sullivan: In the same year that Texas passed its current anti-sodomy law for gays, it repealed the law against bestiality
Bush: "The president believes the senator is an inclusive man."
Long Term Commitment to Iraq
These officials are leaning toward a quick exit from a country that U.S.-led forces conquered in less than a month.. "I don't think it has to be expensive, and I don't think it has to be lengthy," a senior administration official said of the postwar plan. "Americans do everything fairly quickly." But not everyone agrees: "We've done these things quickly, and we've done them well," Dobbins said, "but we've never done them quickly and well."
Maybe we should let the UN take over
The search continues for WMD
With little to show after 30 days, the Bush administration is losing confidence in its prewar belief that it had strong clues pointing to the whereabouts of weapons of mass destruction concealed in Iraq, according to planners and participants in the hunt. ... Bush launched and justified the war with a flat declaration of knowledge "that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."
Were they destroyed during the invasion?
Is it easier to get good biotoxins off of the former South African governement?
1.4 Million Jobs
President Bush used the backdrop of tax day Tuesday to press Congress to approve $550 billion or more in tax cuts he says will spur a sagging economy. The tax cuts he has proposed would create 1.4 million new jobs by the end of 2004, he said.
Doing the math, that's $357,000 per job. It doesn't add up, says Krugman. (This makes anyone who disagrees with the tax cuts French.)
This, at a time when the governor of Missouri has ordered every third light bulb unscrewed to save money
Mr. Bush's willingness to take big gambles, to push for what he wants no matter the consequences, are likely to leave an imprint on America far beyond his tenure in office. We hope that he's successful in the fight against terrorism, and that he brings about a more stable Mideast and a democratic Iraq. But on the domestic front, almost every success cripples the nation's ability to move toward a happy, prosperous future. This is one war we hope he loses. (Opinion)

Monday, April 21, 2003

Bush's holy war
'[The] conviction... that [Bush] holds the highest office in the land because an all-powerful God wills it - is undoubtedly a source of comfort for the president. But it can lead to such hateful absurdities... Fundamentalists of all stripes tend to regard God's power as more central than his compassion.' (opinion)

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Post-war confidence
Were liberals, predicting disaster, just wrong? Or did they expect quick, decisive victory, and were worried about the follouwp? What does it take to get a good leader, anyway? (Opinion)