Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Bad news on my virtual doorstep

From washingtonpost.com.

Here are the headlines - from big font on down, top to bottom:

"Blasts in Basra Kill Dozens of Iraqis"

"War May Require More Money"

"Bush Cautions on Terrorism"

"Explostions Rock Riyadh"

Bummer.

I think my favorite is that the war "may" require more money. Maybe.

Or the subhead of "Bush Cautions on Terrorism: Expectation of another terror attack is not without reason, president says."

It gets better if you read the article. The lede says:

President Bush warned newspaper editors in Washington today that this "is a hard country to defend" and that he can understand public fears that the nation could face a terrorist attack before the November election.

Hard to defend in deed. I'll leave it to you to ladle on the appropriate amount of pithy sarcasm and meaning.

Then he says:

"Our intelligence is good -- it's just never perfect, is the problem," Bush said. "We are disrupting some cells here in America. We're chasing people down. But it is . . . a big country."

To which I can't help but add: "Michigan, Ohio, Florida, all you other Battleground states, we'll do our best to watch out for you, but you know, like I said, it's a big country . . . "

He has a lot of thought-provoking things to say here. At this point, of course, it's impossible to separate his role as commander in chief and candidate in chief, and in fact, to do so would be intellectually dishonest. Play a little game and sub out the names of foreign places with American locales and see what happens. We're all big countries, aren't we?

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