Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Friday, August 05, 2005

Did Anyone Else Catch This?

Blumenthal today, in Salon (by subscription), talks about W's disdain for law and order with his preference for war preznittin'. Nothing new there but the thought just hit me: if the "son of a bitch in the White House" had actually paid attention to law and order, along with national security, as he was warned by the outgoing Clinton administration a few months earlier, he may have prevented 9/11 in the first place. In other words, they're saying that pursuit of terrorists before they strike is a waste of time and only for pansies. But, if they had paid attention to these pursuits in the first place, we may not have had a catastrophe like we had on 9/11. Of course, Bush wouldn't have had his beloved war and he would most certainly have been a one-termer since his popularity was in the toilet before people buried their heads in the flag.

Just sayin'. Of course, if I fucked up something so egregiously I might claim that it was a useless activity to begin with as well, if I felt like not taking responsibility for my actions.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Note for Collaborators

I was thinking today about a professor of Soviet Affairs and a lecture he gave to us in 1986. It reminded me of this interview at Buzzflash from last year. He spent over 20 years in Army intelligence and told us that both the DIA and the CIA had enough evidence that the Soviet Union, as early as the early 70s, could not survive in its current form. Andropov apparently realized this and saw the way out in something along the lines of what Tito had done in Yugoslavia, or perhaps more radically as China is currently doing. He knew he wouldn't be able to do it in light of the belligerence of Reagan and the hardliners in the USSR who had gained strength from Reagan's words and actions. He did bring in the future, though, by forcing in a relative youngster by the name of Gorbachev who Andropov thought would be able to move the Soviet experiment forward by opening up the economy and introducing some, if small, free market mechanisms. Unfortunately, Gorbachev wasn't sure how to go about it and the Afghanistan situation caught up with him before he realized the forces that had been unleashed and how to control them. By now, the Soviet Union may have disintegrated completely but it could have been more to the benefit of all with truly flowering democracies and sustainable economies. We may see something like this in China in another decade or so where the force of a free-market economy forces democracy on the people. Hopefully, they will handle it more capably than some of the post-Soviet states have. We'll have to see.

In any event, go read the linked article and read it carefully. It shook me as a sort of deja vu back then but it was only today, remembering that professor, that I made the connection.

The article also discusses something we all need to be aware of, and why I worked on the Dole campaign in '88 and voted for Perot in '92 before switching to the Democrats, or abandoning parties as a general rule. Trying to work fairly and peacefully with the Bushes and their political machinations that rule the GOP today is not only to no avail it can be dangerous. Clinton had the chance to drive the stake in them in his first years and wouldn't do it trying to seek comity in an increasingly partisan environment. They took the opportunity to try to destroy him in the following years. One of the things that never seemed to get on the radar, and I don't have time right now to do the research, and that could tie a lot of this together was Bush's fiddling with the presidential records release dates. Anyone want to take that up? Essentially, Bush I's records were coming up for a statutory release date and Bush II did something like double the time allowed before ex-presidents have to release their document libraries.

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