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Or Else What?

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2008 3:37 AM

As I write this morning's post, I'm watching a repeat of Frontline: Bush's War.

No further comment at this point, other to say it's turning my stomach.

The violence continues in Basra, despite an ultimatum from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But then, when you tell a bunch of rioting thugs, 'lay down your arms or we'll declare you outlaw,' it's a demand without teeth.

The Iraqi government has never asserted itself over the Mahdi Army, partly because Moqtada al-Sadr remains an influential force on the country's political scene, and possibly because of how religion is integrated into society in Muslim nations.

Even as cheerleaders like Senator John McCain laud our success in Iraq and commend our progress, I'd like to know how, exactly, a civil war happening on the Iraqi's watch is a better result than our stewardship over the same mess.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says his company is having trouble finding enough skilled workers in America to fill 5,000 jobs - customer service positions that the company had pledged to return to the United States.

Referring to the drop-out rate in America's high schools, which is as high as 50% in some areas, Stephenson remarked, "If I had a business that half the product we turned out was defective or you couldn't put into the marketplace, I would shut that business down."

Right. Because shutting down or defunding schools is going to solve your problem. For that matter, vouchers won't solve the problem of overcrowding any more than moving poor people to a grocery store solves their financial issues.

It's probably a slip of the tongue, but this gem took place last Thursday during the daily press briefing at the White House.

Dana Perino: What I can tell you is that last night Secretary Rice spoke to the Chinese Foreign Minister to very directly reiterate our views and concerns about the situation and told the Chinese that we would urge restraint in dealing with protestors, to refrain from non-violence and then Secretary Rice informed the President this morning of that conversation.

While the transcript is marked [sic] to note the error, it gets filed alongside Mr. Bush's odd behavior during last October's meeting with the Dalai Lama, where Bush seemed to be confused as to exactly who the man was, laughing and doing that irritating hyuck-hyuck head bobble while other attendees had serious expressions on their faces.

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