Most of us are already opposed to the war, but I figure this might be a nice speculative thread to discuss ways of using the money.
The portrait painted isn't pretty--and should be a warning to anyone who thinks "it can't happen here."
According to a new article in the Times (subscription required):
Unconvinced that the administration is serious about fixing the Federal Emergency Management Agency or that there is enough time to get it done before President Bush's second term ends, seven of these candidates for director or another top FEMA job said in interviews that they had pulled themselves out of the running.
Although the ability to hold confidentiality for the press is important, I'd like to think that there should be exceptions to that rule. For example, if the purpose of the leak is to commit a crime intentionally, then the right not to name sources shouldn't really be applicable. I'd also argue that whistleblowing is a fundamentally different behavior [which, even if technically illegal, should be viewed differently, as its intent is stop an illegal action, not promote one].
So, while I certainly enjoy the Schadenfreude associated with the Miller case, I am disturbed by its implications in the long run. Where do we draw the line?
By making 9/11 the centerpiece and raison d'être of his entire agenda (with the possible exception of NCLB), we are no longer the land of liberty, but a terrorist-fighting vigilante squad. We won't be able to completely erase the association of 9/11 with the horrific events of 2001, but at least we may have a chance--under a different administration--to remember the loss as an important chapter in our nation's history, and not as a terrifying and integral part of our daily experience.
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