Friday, August 06, 2004

Af-where-istan? And Other News

Today's Krugman column in the NYT takes to task Americans for Afghanizing of Iraq - that is, the virtual blind-eye turned toward the war since the "handover" in late June:

One thing is clear: calls to "stay the course" are fatuous. The course we're on leads downhill. American soldiers keep winning battles, but we're losing the war: our military is under severe strain; we're creating more terrorists than we're killing; our reputation, including our moral authority, is damaged each month this goes on. . . .

Should we cut and run? No. But we should get realistic, and look in earnest for an exit

And check out Herbert who relates Bush's most recent linguistic slip:

The pressure may be getting to Mr. Bush. He came up with a gem of a Freudian slip yesterday. At a signing ceremony for a $417 billion military spending bill, the president said: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

And he condemns our current sorry State harshly:

The United States is the greatest military and economic power in the history of the planet. But it lacks a unifying sense of national purpose at the moment, and seems uncertain, even timid, as the national security challenges continue to mount. That is what a failure of leadership can do to a great power.

And in other news, Job Growth Grinds Nearly to Halt in July, Labor Dept. Reports. Oh yeah, Bush is doing a Great job.

On a happier note - here's more on the "supe of the day," newly appointed District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd:

An unassuming, quiet presence, Elsbernd is widely known around City Hall for his ethics, honesty, loyalty, and ability to get along with everyone, including Gonzalez -- Newsom's rival in the mayor's race -- and Supervisor Chris Daly, a staunch Newsom critic.

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