Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The difference between information and knowledge: The Economist's endorsement of Kerry 
Here's a few laugh lines for you, from the Economist's 30 October editorial endorsing John Kerry for President:

If Mr. Bush had meanwhile been making progress elsewhere in the Middle East, such mistakes [i.e., the problematic regime change and garrison of Iraq, which the Economist deems "incompetent"] might have been neutralized. But he hasnt. Israel and Palestine remain locked in their bitter conflict, with America readily accusable of bias.
[Note to the editorial board - yes, we ARE biased against people who blow up school buses, numbskulls. - JVS] In Iran the conservatives have become stronger and the country has moved closer to making nuclear weapons. [And you're blaming the U.S. for that???? --JVS] Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia have not turned hostile, but but neither have they been terribly supportive nor reform-minded. Libya's renunciation of WMD is the sole clear piece of progress.

So not only was the editorial staff of the Economist dead wrong about, well, almost everything except the fact that Iran is closer to building nuclear weapons, but look how they justify pulling for Kerry:

So what of Mr. Kerry's character? His voting record implies he is a vacillator, but that may be unfair, given the technical nature of so many Senate votes. His oscillations this year imply that he is more of a ruthless opportunist...His reputation for political comebacks...indicates a degree of willpower that his flip-flopping otherwise belies.

This is an endorsement????


John Kerry says the war was a mistake, which is unfortunate if he is to be commander-in-chief of the soldiers charged with fighting it. But his plan for the next phase in Iraq is identical to Mr. Bush's, which speaks well of his judgement.

WTF, over????

It just goes to show you how you can have a terrific fund of information and access to reams of data, all accessible at near light-speed...

and still not know a damn thing.

Splash, out


Hindsight is 20/20.
Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.
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