Part the First. Xan notes:
Hamilton and Baker are backed by a 40-person media team operating out of a public relations firm and a hot-selling paperback edition of their report.
Their dawn-to-dark parade of interviews, in which they always appear as a pair to underscore their bipartisanship, will culminate with a run of the Sunday morning talk shows.
1984. That was a very good year.
You just get used to this sort of thing from the Republicans. WaPo yawns, buries the story on A24:
A top Air Force lawyer who served at the White House and in a senior position in Iraq turns out to have been practicing law for 23 years without a license.
In the stock market, those who can get out, are getting out:
As we report today, the rate of insider stock sales by company directors on both sides of the Atlantic is the highest since records began 20 years ago, with sales outnumbering purchases by 60:1.
Too bad the very same people can't get us out of Iraq as easily. Read more about Storm warnings as the rich take their money and run
Update: Well, it seems the little chicken is too skeered to keep his comments live. This quote was up there on Sunday night, one of many similar comments. They all got scrubbed and replaced with BS "supporter" comments. What a little coward.
Everyone already assumes bloggers are unemployed losers... thanks for reinforcing that stereotype...
Get the man some cheetos, and go show some lurv. Read more about Fun Around the Blogosphere
I'm leaving off names because it doesn't matter.
If you've ever been active on the left, you are frequently reminded of why certain stereotypes are grounded in reality. A famous quip about Democrats notes the lack of cohesion, of the disunity in purpose and direction in so many on our side. Who among us hasn't been bored to tears by the single-issue locutionist, who waxes loquaciously about some topic in equal parts volume and intensity, and who never manages to completely form a "question" to the panel, despite several paragraphs worth of effort? Read more about Cross the Bridge, Progressives
1. You can't win.
2. You can't break even.
3. You can't leave the game.
That's entropy for you. Of course, I'm also reminded of something else:
Bush's Iraq policy. (For rule #3, don't say "can't". Say "won't."
Frank Rich concludes his column today:
The lesson [from VietNam] is clear and sobering. As bad as things may seem now, they can yet become worse, and not just in Iraq. The longer we pretend we have not lost there, the more we risk losing other wars [plural??] we may still salvage, starting [??] in Afghanistan.
To prepare Bush for an insurgence of reality, Chief of Staff Josh Bolten had him practice by "listening" to an assemblage of Iraq war critics.
The challenge for Bush's team was to make the president appear as though he were taking the release of the report seriously, without necessarily embracing its conclusions.
Bolten also brought in Kelsey Grammer to help rehearse the president: "I'm Dr. George Bush, and I'm listening." Read more about Bush staged practice sessions on appearing to take Iraq Study Group report seriously
In Afghanistan, of course. Because the Taliban are killing the teachers and burning the schools:
The two sisters brought to 20 the number of teachers killed in Taliban attacks this year, said Education Ministry spokesman Zuhur Afghan. He said 198 schools have been burned down this year, up from about 150 last year.
Sounds like we need to put more troops in Afghanistan!
Oh, wait... Read more about But what about the schools?
Warning: Do not read the following lyrics if you find the idea of Deific Infanticide offensive. Lord knows I wouldn't.
If Our Dear Lord Jesus Died a Little Kid
(A Very Special Christmas Song)
I love Baby Jesus
So plump, so soft, so white
I asked for him for Christmas
I prayed for him at night
Two weeks before the 25th
A gift beneath the tree!
It was wrapped up Baby Jesus
He was wrapped up just for me Read more about But He Was Wrapped So Nicely!