- Home sick from work. Sore throat etc. First time sick in about a year.
- Learning to type on a Dvorak-mapped keyboard. Very slow and kind of painful, but it will be better in the long term. Surprised by how quickly I'm picking it up and how much sense it makes.
From the Nation April 26
When asked why the United States should not invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam, a prescient critic said, "Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what kind of government you would put in ploce of the one thot's currently there... How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? ... I think to have American military forces engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion." The critic was none other than Dick Cheney, who made these comments as Defense Secretary in 1991...
Keeping all these things in mind, we should revise the commonly used phrases. Instead of saying, "On June 30. the Coalition will hand over sovereignty to the Iraqi people," we should say, "On June 30, the re-election campaign of George W. Bush will hand over the appearance of responsibility for the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq to certain of its local appointees."