bush Says Iraq/Afghanistan Wars Will Be Over By The November Election

(Erratum: Well, no bush didn’t say that. The quote below turns out to be from ghwb in 1992. My failure to read the source close enough!! Too bad the Title isn’t true. I’ll leave the original post intact below… (Thanks to Alison for pointing this out!)
And, apparently, he won’t be starting another one in Iran.
Can you see any other way to read this?

But let me tell you this. I am quietly confident about the election this fall. In sum, I am absolutely convinced as this economy moves back, as we sort out where everybody stands on these highly complex issues, when the country assesses the fact that we are at peace and that our children go to bed at night with less fear of nuclear war — and that is a major accomplishment of which I am very proud to have been a part — …, I am absolutely convinced we’re going to win this election.

…assesses the fact that we are at peace… seems quite clear.

Via Lawyers, Guns and Money.

Toss’m All Out

Brad Delong quotes Matthew Yglesias and rightfully finds fault with some of the perpetrators:

Matthew Yglesias (March 31, 2008) – The Horror (Foreign Policy):
There was a time when I never could have imagined I’d be reading stuff like this about my own country:

At the age of 19, Murat Kurnaz vanished into America’s shadow prison system in the war on terror. He was from Germany, traveling in Pakistan, and was picked up three months after 9/11. But there seemed to be ample evidence that Kurnaz was an innocent man with no connection to terrorism. The FBI thought so, U.S. intelligence thought so, and German intelligence agreed. But once he was picked up, Kurnaz found himself in a prison system that required no evidence and answered to no one…

Read the whole thing; I don’t really have the heart to make a witty remark.

Only those people who embrace the idea of being evil and think that evil is cool have any business voting for the Republican Party ever again. Ever. Again.

Or, for that matter, voting for the democratic party which has spent the past 7 years enabling the republicans.

george’s Body Count

John at Dymaxion World asks:

4,000 souls to haunt George W. Bush.
How many more?

The 4,000 dead meme has been all around the news and blogosphere today.

Most, like, John seem to ignore that w and his crew should also be haunted by the thousands of wounded and, by the numbers, the many more dead, wounded and uprooted Iraqis.

Update 3/25: For a much more detailed explication of this point please see Anthony Gregory’s post, Human Death Toll in Iraq, at Liberty & Power.

Telecom Immunity

It is likely that congress is going to roll over for the bushies once again and grant immunity to some telecom companies who broke the law.
As noted at The Left Coaster the issue from the administration perspective is not about the dollar penalties that might be assessed. It is about covering the administration’s ass.
So why are the dems licking it?
The only reason that I can think of is that the congress critters and their presidential candidates think that violating the 4th amendment might be a good tool for them to have in their kit as well.

It is not as if the democratic party has ever been all about respect for individuals and their rights both real and as expressed in the constitution. Quite the contrary.