Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hootsbuddy on Politics

Someone linked a post I wrote a year ago. It's amazing how much I have written and forgotten. But a year later, some of it still reads well.

To wit:

It hit me yesterday: the difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between being raped or seduced. In both cases you get screwed, but there's that little matter of consent.

It's in a comment, way down a shaggy dog saga about Paul Wolfowitz.
Dr. Hadar's original column also still makes a good read...

Mr. Wolfowitz, serving in the Pentagon in 1992, authored a policy paper that called for the establishment of a global Pax Americana, which was rejected by the first President Bush and President Bill Clinton.

His unipolarist approach to global affairs was eventually adopted by the second President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11, with the war in Iraq, and has been seen as the first stage in the implementation of a unilateral strategy aimed at remaking the Middle East under American hegemony.

He was one of the sponsors of the infamous Ahmed Chalabi and predicted (among other things) that the United States would discover in Iraq weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and evidence linking Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden; that Iraq would be pacified by a few American troops; that Iraqi oil revenues would help pay for the occupation and reconstruction of the country.

As New America Foundation scholar Michael Lind has written recently, Mr. Wolfowitz has been "the Mozart of ineptitude, the Einstein of incapacity," proving to be "consistently, astonishingly, unswervingly wrong" about foreign policy.

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