Saturday, January 21, 2006

Osama and Ike

"...if you compare the small number of dead on the day that Bush announced the end of major operations in that fake, ridiculous show aboard the aircraft carrier with the tenfold number of dead and wounded who were killed in the smaller operations, you would know the truth...This is that Bush and his administration do not have the will or the ability to get out of Iraq for their own private, suspect reasons. " Osama bin Laden, 1/20/06

What does it say about our leadership when bin Laden starts sounding like a pretty reasonable guy?

Saw the documentary "Why We Fight" last night. I was especially impressed with its narrative structure, which interweaves several different themes. The two most compelling are the story of a NYC cop who lost his son on 9/11 and the background of Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address in which he warns against the growing Military-Industrial Complex. By today's standards, Eisenhower would be considered a raging liberal. I wonder how the right would Swift-Boat him? Dig up a picture of him and Stalin where he's smiling a little too broadly at one of Stalin's jokes? Suggest that the invasion of Normandy made him appear pro-French? Hint that the slogan "I Like Ike" sounds a little gay? Bastards.

But I digress. Go see the movie.

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