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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Guess they read my post yesterday. Still, one would have liked to see the word "welcome" dissent, rather than "respect and accept". Of course, that would further solidify their hypocrisy.
For a group that's all about "freedom" (how many times a day does Bush throw that word around?), they certainly don't seem to be too keen on applying it to their own ranks. Meanwhile, they'd better figure out who they can blame for this:

Speaking of freedom, more controversy is flying around another pro-Bush ad; the ad touting the freedoms that Afghanistan and Iraq are enjoying and their return to the Olympics, thanks to the Bush administration. The Iraqi soccer team has publicly stated that they resent Bush using them as his poster children, and both the US and International Olympic Commitees have asked for the ads to stop, on both legal (the Bush team did not get permission to use the Olympics in an ad) and ethical grounds.

We need to take a good hard look at the "freedoms" won for the Afghans and Iraqis before we start rolling out the "Mission Accomplished" banners again. Plunging two nations into anarchy is really nothing to be proud of. The Taliban is gone, but the warlords and opium growers are still there and are still calling the shots. And the hundreds of Americans and Iraqis who've died since Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech would probably have something to say about freedom in Iraq. Are Iraqis and Afghanis free to do things that under their previous rulers would have resulted in torture and death? Undeniably. But are they free from bombings, looting, reprisals from different sects? Are they free from the threat of starvation, thirst, disease, extreme poverty? We can pat ourselves on the back if - and that's a BIG if - Afghanistan and Iraq become true democracies. Painting a rosy picture while civil war rages only gives fuel to the many, many people around the world who resent us.

But don't take my word for it. Listen to what the President has to say (Quicktime required for this):

On a personal note, Beth and I are on Day 4 of the South Beach Diet. Nothing but eggs, meat, poultry, fish, veggies and various types of cheese for the next two weeks. No carbs, no sugar, no alcohol. Happy to report that I am no longer on the verge of passing out at my desk! It's certainly made my rugby pre-season workouts that much less fun. What I crave more than anything: Grape-Nuts. There's a half eaten box in the cupboard, and it calls to me like a Siren.


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