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6.25.2004

One of my many problems with the Iraq war is that it has left the US in a perilous military situation, and largely unable to respond to any flashpoints that may appear in the near future. Not only that, but it has also demonstrated the structural weaknesses in American military technology and doctrine to all our potential adversaries. Because of this, I find it especially troubling that Iran is now deciding to ignore international counterproliferation efforts and will renew uranium enrichment (if you don't want to register for the Post, use the email plastic@plastic.com and the password "plastic"), the first step to building an atomic bomb. I have a feeling that Iran's nuclear ambitions wouldn't be so brazen except for the fact that the usual global policeman is all tied up at the moment. Short of an actual military attack by Iran on US interests, I don't think that any event would receive a forceful US response, which leaves the Iranians free to build up arsenals that will make them much more intractable when we try to deal with them in the future. This is already happening with another axis of evil member, North Korea (DPRK). A few years ago, the Bush administration rejected Clinton's policy of engagement and took a hard line to the DPRK, sending the already volatile DPRK government away from the bargaining table and back to their atom bomb labs. Now, brought back to the bargaining table by our allies, we are making more concessions to the North Koreans than we planned to do under Clinton's watch. Axis of Evil 1, US 0.
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6.24.2004

I don't really like Slate, and I read it only because I don't feel like clicking through all the ads to get to the articles on Salon. Anyways, Slate has a reoccuring seriers that they call "Kerryisms" which they run in parallel to their "Bushisms" series. Now Bushisms serves an importan purpose; it points out that our current president is an idiot. All Kerryisms serves to do is point out that Kerry is a nuanced speaker, which anywhere but our current media environment would be lauded as a positive trait. For instance, in this article Kerry makes it a point to include faiths beside his own when speaking about religion. According to Slate though, it would have somehow been better if he were less inclusive. Perhaps he should take a page out of John Ashcroft's book.
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As an on-and-off comic book fan and aspiring biologist, I am painfully aware of the disparity between cool comic book mutants (i.e. the x-men) and the often tragic effects of real life mutation (i.e. cancer), which is why I think it is especially cool that a real life kick-ass mutant was born.
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Wonkette (who lives in my neighborhood and sold me books at her garage sale) reports that Dick Cheney was overheard telling Sen. Pat Leahy to "go fuck yourself."

I would like to put aside my rabid partisanship for a moment and say that I don't think this is a big deal at all. I wish I could say that this outburst represents a lack of class or decency within this administration, but I just don't believe thats the case. There are much better examples of how completely devoid of class this administration is (Valerie Plame anyone?) and I don't think we need to add swearing to the list. Sometimes people just lose it for a bit, and thats all.
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I'm going to try this again.
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