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April 4, 2004 Odd and Ends - Political Items
THE STARBUCKS PAPERS – The policies of our government driven by girly coffee-like drinks…
Here’s the story…
WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- The White House was worried about the damaging testimony of a former
counter-terrorism chief to a commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
last week but was trying to let the issue die on its own, according to Pentagon briefing notes found at a Washington coffee
The folks over at The Center For American Progress have these documents available here in PDF format. (You’ll need a copy of Acrobat Reader to download them. But that’s free – and virus free.)
I downloaded them. They are amusing, but not that terribly interesting. It just seems odd that this fellow managed to leave them on the table at Starbucks.
Eric will get a scolding. But it’s not like this is classified stuff or anything. It’s what everyone agreed Rumsfeld should say and, damn, he said it. No conspiracy or evil stuff here – just a careless staffer who needed a fancy, trendy coffee concoction. Consider these notes historical minutiae – a souvenir of these heady days of empire.
A Cool Comment On The Troubles In Spain
Ezra Klein has this to say on Spain…
The reaction the right had to the Socialist victory in Spain upset me in a way most partisan conflicts
don't. The audacity it took to demand that the Spanish continue to fight
a war they never wished to enter, all for the ironic purpose of promoting democracy, astonished and offended me in a way few
positions do. Forget that the defeated Government immediately attempted to twist
the attacks for political gain, forget that the Socialists were within the poll's margin of error for victory, forget that
the constant proclamations that the cowardly Spanish had allowed the terrorists to win certainly reinforced any victory the
terrorists might have claimed, the very idea that we could somehow evaluate their foreign policy's morality through the lens
of our own interests mere days after a vicious terrorist attack showed how little these people understood 9/11. For a group that is quick to grasp for ownership of the tragedy and quicker to remind us of its significance,
they completely lost the ability to treat a grieving country with even a modicum of respect.
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