Sunday, June 12, 2005

We Welcome the Washington Post

"A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country."

No shit, Sherlock.

Isn't it interesting that so many things that we "Un-American" Liberals and Progressives were saying after 9/11 have turned out to be true?

It's also nice to see the information reported in a newspaper that prints on this side of the pond.

To be fair, there HAVE been a number of items reported in American newspapers that are increasingly critical of Republican claims, actions and policies.

Again from WaPo--a report about the readiness of the Iraqi Army (Hint--it isn't. S ee my post--"We're Not Leaving," in the Archives)

WaPo also looks behind the curtain on statistics used by the Administration to bolster claims that the Patriot Act has made our country safer:

Flanked by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Bush said that "federal terrorism investigations have resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half of those charged have been convicted."

Those statistics have been used repeatedly by Bush and other administration officials, including Gonzales and his predecessor, John D. Ashcroft, to characterize the government's efforts against terrorism.

But the numbers are misleading at best.

An analysis of the Justice Department's own list of terrorism prosecutions by The Washington Post shows that 39 people — not 200, as officials have implied — were convicted of crimes related to terrorism or national security.

Most of the others were convicted of relatively minor crimes such as making false statements and violating immigration law — and had nothing to do with terrorism, the analysis shows. For the entire list, the median sentence was just 11 months

The NYT does a nice series on class in America pointing out that, contrary to popular belief, it has become increasingly difficult for the poor to get richer, and the rich to get poorer. In fact, it's easier for a lower middle class person in England or France to raise their status than it is for their American counterparts.

And, wonder of wonders, actual criticizm of the situation!

The emperor is underclothed.


ps: keep those Meme ideas coming!


Blogger Philip Morton said...

On of the saddest thing about the article, is that it can only refer to the publication of the Downing Street Memo on May 1st by the LONDON TIMES, as no other major U.S. paper has even published it. Now this one, and the one the cranky yankee links to in the post preivous to this...Bush may run, but he will not be able to hide from the biggest lie of all. The War was always his idea, and had nothing to do with 9/11, WMD, safety of America, zip. And if it's all for the oil, we're not going to get that either, as terrorists will continually blow up the refineries and pipelines. He's pissed away our own country's surplus and resources chasing his own fantasy, and all is left for us, is to eventually fall like Rome.

10:18 PM, June 12, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

That's what I dig about you, Phil--your never-say-die attitude!


4:40 AM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Hey, I wish I were kidding. Dramatic license? I wish the answer was that easy. Check my answer to Boni's comment on the Sensenbrenner post. That's what we really have to do.

11:01 AM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Melanie said...

I was going to send you a picture but I don't have your email address.

12:49 PM, June 13, 2005  

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