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Wednesday, April 20, 2005


1,347: Number of days from the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to VJ Day (Victory in Japan) on August 15, 1945.

1,317: Number of days from the airplane-bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, to today.

If Osama makes it to May 21, he will have survived the self-declared world's only superpower in a presidentially-declared war longer than did Tojo, Hitler, and Mussolini working together.

It's pitiful that the current administration enjoys a stronger reputation on national security than the opposition party. Pitiful, outrageous, [your adjectives here].

UPDATE, May 1:

This post has by far gotten the most attention of anything I've put on the blog. In less than 3 weeks, Dubya's WOT will have gone longer than America's involvement in the Second World War. I don't think most Americans realize it.

At least two people (one of whom I don't know) emailed it to their personal list. These blogs have commented or linked to this post:

Digby's Hullaballoo
colinb at DailyKos
Past Peak
Seeing the Forest
aTypical Joe: A gay New Yorker living in the rural south
Brilliant at Breakfast
The Left Coaster
Bush Watch: Progressive News And Opinion
Actually, the adjective that springs to my mind is "vomit-inducing." But at least we got that terrorist mastermind Saddam Hussein before he unleashed his WMD stockpiles on an unsuspecting world.
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Of course, we used two atomic bombs to end WWII, but this is still a staggering observation.
WOT will last forever. Unless we end up nuking everyone. Then, at least, there'll be a time limit.

When the Political-Appointee-in-Chief announced the War on Terror, my reaction was immediate: Designed never to end. Orwell's 1984: "We have always been at war with Oceana."

2nd reaction: Calling it a War gives the enemy an unwarranted legitimacy. Living in Seattle, I live near a lot of "legitimate" military targets. Of course, the Bush administration is made up of ardent linguistic Humpty-Dumpty-ists -- when they use a word, they think it means what they intend it to mean, no more, no less. Of course, Humpty-Dumpty was not only wrong about language, but he had a pretty freakin' catastrophic Great Fall.
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