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"We Americans have never outgrown the narcissistic notion that the rest of the world wants (or should want) to emulate us. In Iraq, bringing democracy became the default excuse for our warmongers -- it would be perfectly plausible to call them "crusaders," if Osama bin Laden had not already appropriated the term -- once the Bush lies about Iraq's alleged nuclear, chemical, and biological threats and its support for al Qaeda melted away. Bush and his neocon supporters have prattled on endlessly about how "the world is hearing the voice of freedom from the center of the Middle East," but the reality is much closer to what Noam Chomsky dubbed "deterring democracy" in a notable 1992 book of that name. We have done everything in our power to see that the Iraqis did not get a "free and fair election," one in which the Shia majority could come to power and ally Iraq with Iran. As Noah Feldman, the Coalition Provisional Authority's law advisor, put it in November 2003, "If you move too fast the wrong people could get elected.""

- dave 5-05-2006 7:59 pm [link] [1 comment]

I saw the "Rumsfeld getting some tough questions" story all over the place, but I didn't read the transcript until just now. Worth a look.

Come on, these people arenít idiots. They know the story.

- jim 5-05-2006 7:00 am [link] [5 comments]

Rush was quoting this WSJ op-ed at length this AM ... It began, I believe, in a late-20th-century event that transformed the world more profoundly than the collapse of communism: the world-wide collapse of white supremacy as a source of moral authority, political legitimacy and even sovereignty

- mark 5-03-2006 12:17 am [link] [add a comment]

colbert emcees white house correspondents dinner.

video @ crooks and liars

- dave 4-30-2006 5:06 pm [link] [17 comments]

"Here's a story of importance, via Matthew Yglesias, who doesn't seem to appreciate the gravity of what he's discovered. Francis Fukuyama, the apostate neoconservative, says that in the 1990s, neocons tried to manufacture an enemy, because they felt that the Republican Party "didn't do as well" when there wasn't a ruthless, monolithic pinkomuslimcommienihilist threat to America."

- dave 4-30-2006 4:23 pm [link] [add a comment]

i was all for this immigration rights nonsense until my food delivery service was inconvienced by some ridiculous boycott. get back to work. i need my asparagus, dammit. god damned commies.

- dave 4-30-2006 5:04 am [link] [add a comment]

this is one odd juxtaposition but im sure its just a coincidence that an african american congresswoman is onscreen in handcuffs. but seriously, how gruesome must you be to get turned down by a prostitute?

- dave 4-29-2006 5:37 pm [link] [add a comment]

feature on kos blogger georgia10.

- dave 4-29-2006 3:58 am [link] [add a comment]

Kristol squirms on the grill as Colbert peppers him with questions about the PNAC.
- steve 4-28-2006 9:54 pm [link] [add a comment]

Jim, I would really like to get your thoughts on "net neutrality." I remember at one point you said you wished there *were* priority systems in place where people who used more bandwidth paid more. Hope I'm not misstating that.

Cory Doctorow seems to think government regulation to achieve neutrality isn't the answer. On the other hand, MyDD and others are framing this as "the end of the Net as we know it" and arguing that government regulation is the only thing protecting us from the telecoms busting up the Internet. I'm very confused, partly because i still don't understand how the Net actually works.

- tom moody 4-23-2006 2:01 am [link] [8 comments]

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