Monday, September 30, 2002

Weltschmerz is described as "Sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism." Could they be describing the Beatles' later output, or most emo records? (Mineral comes to mind.)

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

I think Maureen Dowd is really cool.

Friday, September 13, 2002

Here's what Bush said this morning to reporters:

President Bush said today that he thought it was "highly doubtful" that Saddam Hussein would meet demands to disarm, but that he was expecting a quick United Nations resolution on the issue. He also expressed annoyance with Congressional Democrats, who have asked for time to consider any use of force by the United States against Iraq.

"I can't imagine an elected United States-elected member of the United States Senate or House of Representatives saying, `I think I'm going to wait for the United Nations to make a decision,' " he told reporters. "If I were running for office, I'm not sure how I would explain to the American people and said, you know, `Vote for me, and oh, by the way, on a matter of national security, I think I'm going to wait for somebody else to act.' "

I'm thinking this was their plan all along! I knew those guys had thought it all out:
1. make the Axis of Evil speech
2. rev things up slowly & surely throughout the summer
3. do the "I'm serious, grave and resolved" thing through 9/11
4. 9/12, finally answer the international community through the UN, but do so as a NeoConservative would: use UN resolutions to buttress your discussion, (carefully ignoring (a) al Qaeda and (b) Resolutions 242 and 338); treat the UN is a domestic formality, like washing your hands before dinner; and make it clear: "you fellas ain't gonna do it, so we're goin' in."

So see how the argument has shifted? From "is Saddam Hussein an imminent threat?" to "you guys [the UN] asked Iraq to behave a long time ago... we're just doing what you guys would do... if you had the guts."

And Congress can't back away from this. Already, the Dems will be portrayed as hemming & hawing over silly trivia like international support and evidence of weapons of mass destruction.

This is their crowning policy achievement (also from today's New York Times):

In his speech, the president turned his campaign in a new direction, making no mention of Osama bin Laden or of nations his administration has identified as threats, like Iran and North Korea. He made only a passing reference to Al Qaeda. He never mentioned resuming weapons inspections in Iraq, a step Vice President Dick Cheney said last month would be "dangerous" and would provide "false comfort."

Now it's Bush's game to lose. The whole thing was well-played by the conservatives.

Do what you can to stop it.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Bought the new Aimee Mann today, and yes it's very good. Actually, I had extra $ when I returned that book I bought on 9/10 and bought a different, hopefully better, book. This is my exciting life.

I think Emily Dickinson had all the answers. Today I saw her quoted on andrewsullivan.com (not linking to him; he's a moron) and metafilter, all in one day? I think most of us, either lefty or right-wing, see that a horrible, teeth-gritting period lay before us, and the sense that many more innocent people will die, it can't be escaped. What frustrates me about the call to war is that conservatives are unwilling to note that their attention to U.N. resolutions seems selective if not completely self-serving. Recall, if you will, U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. Those resolutions call on Israel to withdraw from the Arab territories that it occupied in 1967. You don't hear much about them these days.

"Success is counted sweetest/By those who ne´┐Żer succeed."

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Oh jumping christmas I bought another computer book today. And it's a little out of date. Borders is a dangerous thing. I am to computer books what Sugar is to shoes.

Friday, September 06, 2002

Are we really going to go in? I have this frightening image of 9/11/02 news reports, images floating across the screen that recall the last war in Iraq. Flashbacks: Wolf Blitzer, sorties, SCUD missles, gag orders on the media, lies, protests.

Has anyone actually thought about what happens after Richard Perle's missles fall? James Webb has.

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