" The only way to see the Bush movement as "serious, weighty, tough" foreign policy thinkers, and the only way to see Democrats like Dean as "frivolous and weak on defense," is to completely ignore (or distort) history and to operate from the premise that being terribly wrong is a sign of seriousness and wisdom and being completely right is a sign of frivolity and weakness.* Rimone's review of Death of a President is up. Trailer here.
And it is worth noting -- in fact, it is critical to ingest -- that the President pronounces himself more certain than ever that he is right about his foreign policy approach. The same approach that brought us the unparalleled disaster in Iraq, North Korean nuclear tests, a neglected and therefore resurgent Taliban, and an Iran that is seemingly determined to acquire nuclear weapons is what will continue to guide our country's behavior over the next two years if the President can continue to operate with a free hand. Only in the up-is-down world of the American media political dialogue would Republicans be deemed "strong and tough" on national security and foreign policy be considered their strong suit. It is almost impossible to have been more wrong than they have been, and to weaken this country more than it's been weakened over the past five years."
* There's more here on the French Armenian genocide bill. I'm surprised that the wingnuts haven't gone mad about this (or maybe they have.)
"A top U.S. counter-narcotics official says U.S. drug agencies are working with other international drug enforcement agencies to try to prevent heroin from Afghanistan from reaching drug users in the United States."
U.S. officials say the Taleban is encouraging opium growing in the southern Helmand Province, where American and NATO troops are battling a persistent insurgency.
The assistant secretary of state for narcotics and law enforcement, Anne Patterson, told Congress last month that the Taleban is also protecting drug routes and traffickers. She said, whether the Taleban is getting revenue from the drug trade, or just encouraging an anti-government statement is not clear."
either that, or Feith, Grossman, Perle and Hastert and their Turkish friends are getting rich.