Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Which is more discouraging—Bush's "what planet is he really on?" speech (he didn't mention the original rationale for war once!) or the opposition party's craven weakness?

Biden, Kerry say we need MORE troops?

“I think he told the American people why it’s important,” said Biden.

IS there an opposition party in this country? 53 percent of Americans think it's a mistake to send troops to Iraq, and the Democratic leadership wants to send more troops?

Meanwhile, for an alternative perspective to the tweedledum and tweedledee war parties, the World Tribunal on Iraq just wrapped up, with the findings to be sent to the International Criminal Court.

The latest (July) issue of Harper's includes a horrifying article on the consequences of the tens of thousands* of injured soldiers coming home from Iraq. It's not posted online—so go out and buy the magazine. (The July issue also includes an absolutely insane letter to Robert McNamara by none other than John Steinbeck, advising the then-secretary of defense on how to kill and terrorise the Vietnamese more effectively.)
* Note that according to UPI (as of September '04) "Nearly 17,000 service members medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan are absent from public Pentagon casualty reports." And apropos of the injured returning, this article from Salon wonders why wounded personnel only return to this country on night flights.

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