Tuesday :: Feb 21, 2006

Quick Hits

by eriposte

Busy day for all of us with little posting. Please do visit the fine blogs in our blogroll during such periods.

ReddHedd's excellent UAE ports-sale rundown is worth reading. Jack Cafferty lets Bush have it - transcript and video. Alleged Bush supporter emails in to CNN suggesting he be impeached for pushing the UAE ports-sale.

Mike Stark offers very helpful tips to callers wanting to challenge wingnut talk radio hosts.

Francis Fukuyama, one of the most well known neocons, has become an er...ex-neocon (via Raw Story):

Francis Fukuyama, who wrote the best-selling book The End of History and was a member of the neoconservative project, now says that, both as a political symbol and a body of thought, it has "evolved into something I can no longer support". He says it should be discarded on to history's pile of discredited ideologies.

In an extract from his forthcoming book, America at the Crossroads, Mr Fukuyama declares that the doctrine "is now in shambles" and that its failure has demonstrated "the danger of good intentions carried to extremes".

Mr Fukuyama once supported regime change in Iraq and was a signatory to a 1998 letter sent by the Project for a New American Century to the then president, Bill Clinton, urging the US to step up its efforts to remove Saddam Hussein from power. It was also signed by neoconservative intellectuals, such as Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan, and political figures Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and the current defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

However, Mr Fukuyama now thinks the war in Iraq is the wrong sort of war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
"Although the new and ominous possibility of undeterrable terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction did indeed present itself, advocates of the war wrongly conflated this with the threat presented by Iraq and with the rogue state/proliferation problem more generally."

Mahathir-gate? (Heritage-gate too.) Remember Dave Johnson's rule: If Republican politicos or activists accuse you of something, that means they are the ones likely to be guilty of doing it.

Afghanistan war veteran Tim Walz went to see Bush speak in his hometown in 2004, because he wanted to see his Commander-in-Chief. The treatment he got from Bush's staff made him a Democrat and he's running for office.

Tim Lambert is still trying, industriously, to debunk the myth that DDT is banned.

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