Sunday, May 14, 2006

I say potato, you say potatah, I say Orwellian, you say Kafkaesque, let’s call the whole thing off

Rather than the Iraqis standing up so that Americans may stand down, they seem to be standing up in order to get a better shot at other units of the Iraqi army. Patrick Cockburn has the story on that incident yesterday in which units of the Iraqi army started shooting at each other.

Croatia’s football team Dinamo Zagreb is donating the proceeds from a championship match to Croatians on trial at the Hague for war crimes. Isn’t that sweet? It’s like Babe Ruth hitting the home run for that sick kid, except not so much.

The WaPo proves that you can write a good article about something fucking obvious: that the Bush administration is less interested in promoting democracy in countries with oil.

The Bushies expend so much energy trying to get everyone to adopt their slanted, focus-grouped vocabulary that they often forget the difference between arguments about policy and arguments about words. For example, Cheney’s spokesmodel Lee Anne McBride: “As the administration, including the vice president, has said, this is terrorist surveillance, not domestic surveillance.” She thinks she has put forward some sort of logical argument, but actually hasn’t.

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