This is my comment on Bill Keller's blog yesterday. (As yet, unpublished.)
The war with Iraq was much more than a blunder, and the Bush Administration did not stumble into it blindly.
On January 26, 1998, the Project for the New American Century sent a letter to President Clinton urging regime change in Iraq1. Many of the signatories would later become G. W. Bush Administration members, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and Undersecretary of State John Bolton.
According to Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, the Bush Administration was planning on invading Iraq well before 9-112. But it was 9-11 and the climate of fear that followed that provided the opportunity to push the nation in war.
They were not alone in this effort, Bill Keller. The New York Times and the Washington Post were crucial in helping peddle Administration lies about Iraq. And while Judy Miller was dismissed for her role in the Scooter Libby affair, her co-author on many of the Iraq stories, Michael Gordon, remains on the New York Times staff (as do "pundits" such as Thomas Friedman and David Brooks)3.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- George Santayana
1 PNAC letter, January 26, 1998
2 Bush Sought 'Way' To Invade Iraq
3 Now They Tell Us by Michael Massing
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II. Salute to ZEGS
The Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver gave a speech last night. Commentary from my blog fiends: here and here.
There are the songs on his iPod which I’ve heard on the campaign bus -- and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, ‘I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin.’
- Paul Ryan
ZEGS and Drugs and Rock and Roll
III. Thanks for stopping by! Here are some pics.
UPDATE: ZEGS reacts to Clint Eastwood's performance this evening.
Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.