policy speech? what policy speech?
If we can't impeach Bush, can we at least send him to detention (via Atrios)?
The second presidential debate is tonite, and it comes on the heels of a couple interesting days for the Bush administration. On Wednesday, they duped the cable news channels into carrying an hour-long speech President Bush gave in Wilkes-Barre, PA (where I saw stopped for a RANA event back on 6/1/02), claiming that it would be an "important policy" speech. Of course, he introduced no new policies, but instead used his stump to attack Kerry the majority of the time. Who needs policies anyway (via Oveis)?
Thursday brought the release of the Duelfer report (also via Oveis), which is supposed to be the definitive document about Iraq & WMD's. To no one's surprise, while Saddam may still have wanted to reconstitute his weapons programs, a decade of sanctions weakened his regime & prevented him from doing so. So doesn't this report undermine Bush's rationale for war?
Of course not! Dick Cheney is now grasping at straws, saying the invasion was justified because Iraq was abusing the UN's oil-for-food program (via Daily Kos). Kerry's appropriate response: "You don't make up or find reasons to go to war after the fact." Well, duh. Even Newsweek's Howard Fineman thinks Bush is getting desperate, and I'm inclined to agree.
As per usual, Jon Stewart summed it up best. On last nite's Daily Show (which featured a very civil interview with Bill O'Reilly), Stewart described the Bush response as such:
Some people look at a glass & see it as half full,
and some people look at a glass & say it's a dragon.
I fell out of my chair, I was laughing so hard. The Daily Show is the bestest.
ETA: Comedy Central has streaming video right here (10/12/04).
BTW: Their book is #1 on the NYT bestseller list (hardcover nonfiction).
I've raved about them here, and seemingly so has everybody else out there. UK's The Go! Team have one of the best, and most fun, records of the year on their hands with their debut LP, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. It just makes you want to giggle & jump around. It sounds like what a party should feel like. "Panther Dash" is the album's lead-off track, one of a few mostly instrumental songs on the disc, and it nicely sets the sonic tone for the rest of what's to come. I love it. Smile...it's free. Have a lovely weekend.