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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Weighing in on the nation's health care crisis, President Bush had this to say yesterday (from a speech given in Poplar Bluff, MO):

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."

We've passed a sad milestone - 1000 U.S. dead in Iraq since the beginning of the war. But wait! you say, didn't all of the insurgents surrender in Fallujah, or Najaf, or whatever? Haven't we turned the corner? Welcome to Sadr City, folks. A lovely Baghdad suburb, whose name doesn't quite conjure up images of Iraqis showering our guys with roses. I grow tired of the Bush post-war Iraq/post-WWII occupations comparisons; they have no basis in historical fact and are completely irrelevant. The Japanese population was utterly devoted to their Emperor and had no desire to be "liberated" by the U.S.; likewise, the U.S viewed the Japanese as a mortal enemy (remember - we locked up as many Japanese-Americans as we could during WW II) , and a victory over Japan could only happen when that country was conquered and occupied. The same was true of Nazi Germany; the Germans whole-heartedly believed in Hitler's cause, and weren't praying for the Allies to liberate them. In both occupations, the Germans and Japanese were brought under heel by an Allied occupation force who generally treated them well, restored infrastructure, and backed up their authority through massive strength, both in numbers and firepower. Clearly there was a huge chunk of the Iraqi population that was glad to be rid of Saddam. Clearly there's a huge chunk of the Iraqi population that now wants us to get the hell out of there. And in my mind, the biggest reason for that is that we've brought chaos to their country - in World War II, we replaced order with order.

Now for you conspiracy buffs. With the 3rd anniversary of 9/11 coming up, this film has been making the Internet rounds. Was the Pentagon attacked by a cruise missile? Aliens? Bigfoot?

What a load of crap. My favorite: "The FBI seized the film." Yes. Because it was evidence. That's typically what the FBI does. They collect evidence.

Feeling much trepidation about going to rugby tonight. My knee is not yet with the program. We'll make the decision at gametime.


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