Sunday, July 27, 2003

Prepared to act on the basis of murky intelligence

The recall rules are so complicated that no one understands them. For example, if Davis resigned, would there still be a recall election? Some people say there would, but no one knows what would then happen if he won the election. Given that the turnout is low, it seems that it would behoove the D’s to start a recall of the next governor the day after it, because the number of signatures they need will be based on the turnout in October. Jerry Brown could run in the election (or Duekmejian or Ronald Reagan, if it comes to that), but Pete Wilson couldn’t, because term limits didn’t start until 1990.

The London Times has a headline that the net is tightening around Saddam. Now come on, is it a net or a noose? Of course this is the sort of statement that can only be made in retrospect, and so is completely inappropriate for a newspaper, except in the astrology section. Still, what they’re referring to as a sign of this net-or-noose-tightening is a raid on a villa which didn’t even come close to Saddam, but which Robert Fisk in the Indy describes so: “OBSESSED WITH capturing Saddam Hussein, American soldiers turned a botched raid on a house in the Mansur district of Baghdad last night into a bloodbath, opening fire on scores of Iraqi civilians in a crowded street and killing up to 11, including two children, their mother and crippled father. At least one civilian car caught fire, cremating its occupants.”

Paul Wolfowitz: “I think the lesson of 9/11 is that if you're not prepared to act on the basis of murky intelligence, you're going to have to act after the fact, and after the fact now means after horrendous things have happened to this country.”

Wolfowitz also blamed “biased reports” on Al-Jazeera for the continuing attacks on American soldiers. Well, if you’re not prepared to act on the basis of murky intelligence....

Damn, that was too easy.

I d4ce u, I d4ce u, I d4ce u: The Malaysian government’s chief religious adviser says that under Islamic law men can divorce their wives by text-messaging them.

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