August 05, 2004

Thursday Ramblings

Middle Earth Journal, discusses his cousin's death from a cancer very likely brought about by living downwind of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. When he became sick, his HMO refused to authorize the tests his doctor requested, until too late. It seems to me that this was a case where the government should have stepped in. Should the government which was so careless with the health of its citizens be held responsible? How do we hold our government accountable for its actions?

George W Bush likes to strut around as commander in chief and one of his main speech venues is in front of the troops. Yet, Bush and his administration have been very bad for the US military. And it isn't just us lefties that are saying this now. One wonders how precarious the situation is when you find articles like this in provided by the Naval Institute?

And just in case you missed it, here is the article by David Sirota and Christy Harvey with the definitive proof that Bush knew before the Iraq war that their case for war was bogus. Next time you hear Bush or other Republicans saying that Kerry voted for the war, remember what you read here and remember it was Bush in March 2003 (six months after Kerry's vote) that started the war despite the fact that all his justifications had been shown false.

Posted by Mary at August 5, 2004 07:53 AM | Recommended Reading | Technorati links |

Thank you Mary
For picking this up.

Posted by: Ron In Portland at August 5, 2004 10:07 AM

The only good thing about liberals is that their going to abort each other into decimation.

Posted by: Wonderboy at August 5, 2004 01:05 PM

Procedings is an academic journal put out under the auspices of the Naval War College. Like its Army counterpart, Parameters, it's there to debate issues relevant to its readership, not to tout the party line.

That said, it's rather hard to find military officers at any point in time who don't think they are overburdened and beings asked to do too much with too few resources. It was certainly the mindset throughout the Clinton era as well.

Virtually no one, however, would agree with CAPT Byron that a return of amateurism, which is what a draft really is, is the preferred solution.

Posted by: James Joyner at August 5, 2004 02:59 PM