"Political scientists Stephen Walt, Robert Art and John Mearsheimer were warmly welcomed at the US Naval War College, despite the fact that they pulled no punches on the Iraq fiasco. They told cadets seeking a way forward in Iraq that there are no good options, that things could get even worse, and that we are faced with Camus's The Plague. They nevertheless got a warm round of applause. Unlike Cheney and Rumsfeld, real military men want to be told the straight reality of things. Bravo."* for those following the
"I vote that the day this (flag burning) thing passes, we all find a huge burning flag animated gif and we feature it on the front web page of people's sites EVERYWHERE! What are they going to do, ban animated gifs of flags burning too? If they go there, then I wonder how many video games will have to be pulled of the shelves, etc. Idiots!"i'm up for that.
* meanwhile, here's DiFi in march 2000:
""No other emblem or symbol in our nation carries with it such a specific code of conduct in it's protocol for display and handling," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) countered. "Why then, should it be permissible conduct to burn, desecrate or destroy this symbol, this monument, this national symbol? That's not my definition of free speech.""* arkin:
"My guess then is that amnesty for those who have attacked U.S. forces could also be the first real test of U.S.-Iraqi relations, and the ultimate source of great tension."* amy:
"Meanwhile, lawyers for the detainees who committed suicide have criticized the U.S. military for taking nearly three days to inform them of their clients’ deaths. The military initially claimed none of the men had legal representation but later realized their mistake."oh, the 'irony'.
"In other news from Guantanamo, the US has announced it will soon extradite all 96 Afghan detainees currently held at the prison. The group includes several suspected Taliban officials. The detainees will be returned to Afghanistan where they will either be released or face trial."wow. good news for torturemonth (presuming that it's true)
"The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll had Bush "surging" 1 point -- all the way from 36% to 37%. This morning, Matt Lauer was incredulous that the numbers for Bush haven't spiked. The media is waiting for -- and pushing the narrative that there will be -- a Bush surge. The American people, who, unlike the media, grasp that Bush has lied to them about Iraq many times, aren't giving him one"
* george will (!):
"It is sometimes charged that journalism, which considers the phrase "good news" an oxymoron ("We don't report the planes that land safely"), is missing the good news from Iraq. But so pervasive is the violence, and hence so dangerous has Iraq become for journalists, that the Wall Street Journal, hardly a hostile observer of the U.S. undertaking in Iraq, thinks the bad news might be underreported."