12/02/2005: Today's GEM...
Ah another Fret Free Friday (Hmmm...haven't had one in a QUITE a WHILE.)
And this Paul Krugman article is an absolute GEM:
"Bullet Points Over Baghdad:
The overthrow of Saddam Hussein was supposed to provide the world with a demonstration of American power. It didn't work out that way. But the Bush administration has come up with the next best thing: a demonstration of American PowerPoint. Bullets haven't subdued the insurgents in Iraq, but the administration hopes that bullet points will subdue the critics at home.
The National Security Council document released this week under the grandiose title "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" is neither an analytical report nor a policy statement. It's simply the same old talking points - "victory in Iraq is a vital U.S. interest"; "failure is not an option" - repackaged in the style of a slide presentation for a business meeting.
It's an embarrassing piece of work. Yet it's also an important test for the news media. The Bush administration has lost none of its confidence that it can get away with fuzzy math and fuzzy facts - that it won't be called to account for obvious efforts to mislead the public. It's up to journalists to prove that confidence wrong..."
Too bad for the Times *select* feature but if ya have the chance to read it in full, it's a good one.
Karen on 12.02.05 @ 06:30 AM CST