Monday, June 06, 2005

Don't miss Rebecca's response to a Middle of the Roader

Maggie and Sumner are here. We're hoping to run to Tower at midnight and pick up the latest from Coldplay and White Stripes.

So here we are, just relaxing. Maggie's goofing around and doing windmills while the Who blasts from the speakers. And Rebecca calls me up.

She has a mammoth entry at her site. You should check it out.

As someone who's reviewed music since December, I've gotten my share of hate e-mail and I've certainly gotten my share of bully boys who want to tell me how to review.

That sort of crap just grates on my nerves.

Good for Rebecca for saying, "You know what, I don't have to do what you say."

I hadn't planned to post anything tonight. But then Rebecca called and I read her essay (that's the only word for it) and thought, "I got your back, Becky."

Also, Shirley e-mailed me to suggest that I note the 10 CDs, 10 Minutes piece in The Third Estate Sunday Review because I participated in it. This isn't a review, we're just noting some quick thoughts on CDs.

Keep it groovy, folks. I may post some thoughts (not a review) on Coldplay or White Stripes tomorrow.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Editorial: Connect the dots

Over at The Third Estate Sunday Review, they have an important editorial. I was going to attempt to wait until midnight to post this but I've got a party to go to and I'll be dragging by the time I get home. So here it is and check out The Third Estate Sunday Review's latest edition which has all sorts of wonderful things worth reading. Oh, and for the jokers, who worry about these things, I helped on this editorial, so did Rebecca, Betty and C.I.

Editorial: Connect the dots

You too can be a well informed American, provided you read the British press. But maybe things are picking up? The Associated Press has a story today entitled "Bolton Said to Orchestrate Unlawful Firing" and we suggest you read it. It's by Charles J. Hanley and here's an excerpt:

John R. Bolton flew to Europe in 2002 to confront the head of a global arms-control agency and demand he resign, then orchestrated the firing of the unwilling diplomat in a move a U.N. tribunal has since judged unlawful, according to officials involved.
A former Bolton deputy says the U.S. undersecretary of state felt Jose Bustani "had to go," particularly because the Brazilian was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad. That might have helped defuse the crisis over alleged Iraqi weapons and undermined a U.S. rationale for war.

Bolton fired Bustani, in 2002, because Bustani wanted to put chemical weapons inspectors in Baghdad. Now that might seem strange to you if you rely upon the American mainstream press.

If your news sources are a little more well rounded, you may however remember The Sunday Times of London's Downing St. Memo which reveals, in 2002, that the United States is willing to shape and distort to push forward on the invasion of Iraq. The same invasion that Bully Boy and his minions were saying they had not yet decided to go forward with.

How does Hanley sum up the Downing St. Memo (yes, it's mentioned in the article)? Thusly:

An official British document, disclosed last month, said Prime Minister Tony Blair' agreed in April 2002 to join in an eventual U.S. attack on Iraq. Two weeks later, Bustani was ousted, with British help.

Here's something the memo says that's not in the AP account:

Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

The Sunday Times of London published that memo May 1, 2005. What did they publish last Sunday? Michael Smith's "RAF bombing raids tried to goad Saddam into war." From the opening of that article:

THE RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war, new evidence has shown.
The attacks were intensified from May, six months before the United Nations resolution that Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, argued gave the coalition the legal basis for war. By the end of August the raids had become a full air offensive.
The details follow the leak to The Sunday Times of minutes of a key meeting in July 2002 at which Blair and his war cabinet discussed how to make "regime change" in Iraq legal.

Is a pattern emerging? A pattern that even the mainstream press must begin to notice?

We think it is. But we wouldn't bet the house on it. We've shared our feelings/concerns on the mainstream press in an essay in this edition. The way we see it, the press has plenty to address. It's just an issue of whether they want to or not.

Hats off to BuzzFlash, once again, for finding the Associated Press article and drawing attention to a very important article.. As always the place we flocked to when finally getting ready to compose this edition's editorial.
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Sunday, June 05, 2005