Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Will the real candidate please stand up?

Howard Dean is looking better and better to me all the time:

This is not Iraq, where doubters and dissenters are punished or silenced --this is the United States of America. We need to support our young people as they are sent to war by the President, and I have no doubt that American military power will prevail. But to ensure that our post-war policies are constructive and humane, based on enduring principles of peace and justice, concerned Americans should continue to speak out; and I intend to do so.

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If anyone had any illusions that war in Iraq might be avoided, they were shattered last night. It's clear from Bush's statements that he wants to send the boys and girls of our armed forces in sooner rather than later. His ultimatum giving Saddam and Sons to quit the country with in two days seems designed to achieve war in our time.

There's nothing that can be done to stop it. Protests will (and should) continue, but no one with any power stop the Bush Juggernaut will step up to the plate. Congress has proven itself to be a motely collection of cowards and hypocrites, refusing to do their Constitutional duty and issue an actual declaration of war. No, a resolution supporting Bush isn't
the same thing.

So now that the rock has been pushed over the precipice, we can only hope for the best. My hopes are that Saddam doesn't act like a lion backed into the corner and lash out with whatever biological hell he's still got; that he doesn't lash out at Israel, causing them to lash back with nukes; that whenever the fighting ends, Bush and Co. are actually able to keep a lid on the roiling ethnic conflict just waiting to explode in Iraq; that North Korea, seeing us preoccupied, doesn't ratchet up the rhetoric further with action; and that the Chinese, seeing us preoccupied, don't decide that the time is ripe for Taiwan to rejoin the mainland.

These are just a few of my hopes.

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Ladies and Gentlemen, will you please stand for a national anthem

The long national nightmare continues:

It happened when a tape of Lee Greenwood's song Proud To Be An American was playing. Some rodeo fans were standing and others were sitting down. Felix Fanaselle and his buddies chose to remain seated.

"This guy behind us starts yelling at us (because) we're not standing up," said Fanaselle. "He starts cussing at us, telling us to go back to Iraq."

The 16-year-old said the man seated behind him started spitting at him and spilling his beer on him and his friends.

"By the end of the song, he pulled my ear. I got up. He pushed me. I pushed him," said Felix. "He punched me in my face. I got him off me."