AFTER-WORD – Monday, December 20, 2004

  • This may be shaping up to be another slow week, as Christmas nears and we anticipate the end of the year, but I'm afraid I have to agree with Joe Biden, who said: "I'm tired of talking about Rumsfeld." The press won't get their scapegoat on which to assign blame for a war that was wrong, for to receive that sacrifice would be an admission that our efforts in Iraq were a mistake. They are not.

  • These MSM-folks may have romanticized the reporters whom they believed help end the war in Vietnam. They want to be remembered with the same nostalgia, as heroes to their professional progeny, so they've latched onto a new anti-war movement. Its woefully misguided, but I'm afraid this is all they have.

  • Remember when we were told before the election that a clear majority of Americans surveyed thought the war was a mistake, the first time this had happened? It was a bad poll and the number was 51%, within the margin, but it was repeated incessantly that a majority of Americans opposed the war.

    Well, Washington Post reports, Monday, that their new poll marks "the first time since the war began that a clear majority of Americans have judged the war to have been a mistake." 56% But 58% think we should stay and get the job done.

    The election is over. Who cares? We should not be governed by these semi-scientific polls. (I use the term "semi-scientific," because the results vary by the phrasing of the questions, etc., and that can be any damn thing the pollster wants.)

  • I'm listening to George Gershwin; specifically, An American in Paris. Spend a half hour reading the New York Times online, you'll get the feeling.

    Seriously, it's a great piece, lots of fun. It's pure America.


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