The Long View

From Bob Woodward, we’ve learned that President Bush doesn’t give much thought to history — “History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.” — but for those of us who do, the San Francisco Chronicle has put together a nice collection of statements from prominent military historians, including G. Kurt Piehler, a member of my dissertation committee.

Nov 1, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Presidential Referendum

Not surprisingly, President Bush was at his best last night when asked about his faith and family. Ignoring for a moment the relevance of such questions in a supposed domestic policy debate that never addressed the environment, the Patriot Act, or stem cell research, those two questions allowed Bush to put aside policy (which is awfully complicated) to talk instead about feelings and relationships.

Oct 14, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Party Politics & the Movies

Yeah, I know that Kerry’s plan for Iraq is only slightly less doomed to failure than Bush’s, and I know that Kerry’s years in the Senate have taught him too much about political compromise, but here, finally, is an honest-to-goodness, no-doubt-about-it reason to get behind the Kerry/Edwards ticket.

Oct 8, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Still Big News

Yesterday, after weeks of bloody fighting in Najaf, The Times ran another piece on Falluja, and I’m at a lost to explain why it wasn’t front page news. In all of the sound a fury of the Sunday morning spin fests, shouldn’t someone have been talking about this?

Aug 30, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Mr. Bush Comes to Town

It’s interesting to see how Bush’s rhetoric has evolved. While admitting — finally — that WMD have not been found, he continues to litter his speech with allusions to them, though they’ve now morphed into “weapons of mass murder,” and — in a turn of phrase that would have made Monicagate-era Clinton proud — they are now modified with the nebulous term, “capability.”

Jul 13, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

The Living Room Candidate

It’s embarrassing to admit just how effective those “morning in America” spots really were.

Jul 2, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Pretty close

What he actually said: “In terms of this administration, we laid out the facts very clearly for the American people.”

Jun 17, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Catchin’ Spears

I’m guessing that it’ll go something like this:

Jun 16, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Moral Equivalence

A nice post yesterday from slacktivist.

Jun 10, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics

Is It Just Me?

We Americans represent less than 5% of the world’s population. For every 21 citizens of the world, only one is an American. We Americans represent less than 5% of the world’s population. For every 21 citizens of the world, only one is an American.

Jun 3, 2004
Category: Debris, Politics