"If the leaders whom we are supposed to hate so much -- even the ones who are The Terrorists -- keep getting elected democratically, doesn't that negate the ostensible premise of our foreign policy -- that America-loving allies will magically spring up all over the world where there are democracies and they will help us fight The Terrorists?
And beyond that, isn't it more likely that leaders who are hostile to the U.S. will be democratically elected around the world if we continue to engage in conduct seemingly designed to make the whole world resentful and suspicious of us?"
* Blinky's interview with brithume was remarkable for a bunch of reasons - one interesting thing was that he said his parents are worried about him - because they read the papers too much.
"The AP, of course, has been delivering unbalanced reports about U.S. national politics for some time, as when President Bush, whom AP reporters despise, is barely allowed to state his case on an issue before his critics are given twice as much space to pummel him. The AP, once a just-the-facts news delivery service, has lost its rudder. It has become a partisan, anti-American news agency that seeks to undercut a wartime president and American soldiers in the field. It is providing fraudulent, shoddy goods. It doesn’t even recognize it has a problem."hysterical.
* via prissy, TimesOnline is reporting that p210 Alex converted to islam on his deathbed. larisa thought this was bullshit when it was floated last week. (The Times is simply re-reporting)
* After reading Gore's GQ interview, Tristero asks: "Who should be his running mate?"
(after reading that interview, my response was similar: "is it wrong to have a crush on a married politician? sigh.")