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Remora The Times' David Sanger's article about Bush's first strike doctrine quotes the man on the reasons for changing, fundamentally, the principles of American foreign policy : "Implicitly, Mr. Bush has agreed to engage the country in a discussion over a fundamental change in America's national security strategy: his doctrine that perilous times have forced the United States to assert a right to launch pre-emptive strikes against any state that could put weapons of mass destruction into the hands of terrorists. "After Pearl Harbor and the invasion of Kuwait, presidents sought Congressional approval to strike back. Mr. Bush seeks approval to strike first, because Sept. 11 taught him that any other strategy may be too costly. "We're in a new era," he said, adding: "We spend a lot of time thinking about how best to secure our homeland even further. And this is the debate the American people must hear, must understand. And the wo
Dope LI was in a restaurant last night with two friends. Over the fajitas, we started talking about Iraq, and the coming war to ensure infinite freedom and Bush's re-election -- or should we say first election? Since the thing that got him into office was definitely something between an election and a judicial coup. In any case, this is not a good subject to spring on LI spontaneously, because we get all red in the face, and start splashing the margaritas and gesticulating wildly. What got us red in the face this time, though, was that one of these friends said that she'd been told that Iraq was armed by the Soviets. This version of Hussein's armory would make invading Iraq a sort of delayed clean-up operation of one of the peripheral bits of the Evil Empire. Of course, LI launched into a long monologue that hastily reviewed the history of Iraq, going back to the Iraqi launch of an offense against Iran, in 1980. Long monologues, by the way, are not rhetorically ef
Remora LI recommends this article in the Sunday Times: A Guardian of Jobs or a "Reverse Robin Hood"? by Leslie Wayne Since the question of bias in the press has been a hot button issue (which is one of those pundit phrases that make less and less sense as they are repeated more and more -- what, exactly, is a hot button? Rather, the issue has become a diacritical button issue -- like the period key, or the comma key, it has become a sustaining, semantic blank, functioning to convey an ideological payload hither and yon, to much yapping from the examiners of yap, aka media critics), it should be pointed out that bias, without which that title would make no sense, given its tilt towards the irresistable phrase, reverse Robin Hood, is inseparable from analysis, here. Anyway, the analysis is on point. While much fuss and tossing of teathers went into forcing CEOs to sign off on their balance sheets, the Export-Import bank was quietly expanded. The article focuses on