Sour Grapes

Aesop’s Fables includes a story about a fox and and a bunch of grapes (here) that were tantalizing just out of reach. Try as he might, the fox could not reach the grapes. So to console himself, he decided the grapes must be sour. Similarly, Lucy Beauchamp finds the Republican nomination for Clerk of the Circuit Court tantalizingly just out of reach. Continue reading “Sour Grapes”

Senator Durbin Reveals the Truth At Last — Not!

soldier.pngIn his latest verbal fiasco, Senate Richard J. Durbin reveals that he knew all along that the Bush administration misused intelligence on Iraq to lead us into war (here).

“The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn’t believe it,” Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Wednesday when talking on the Senate floor about the run-up to the Iraq war in 2002.

“I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn’t do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy. We can’t walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress.”

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The Battle for Iraq: Apathy, Pacifism, Power Politics, and the Decline of America

soldier.pngDemocrats argue Iraqis do not have a cultural heritage conducive to democratic government and that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein could have been contained. On the other hand, Republicans believe Saddam Hussein’s connections with terrorists made Hussein too dangerous and that we can reform Iraq as reformed both Japan and Germany. Even after four years of struggle, these arguments have continued. So a Democrat Congress plans to send President Bush a bill with a time table to withdraw from Iraq (here), and President Bush promises a veto.

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