Monday, November 14, 2005

Edwards: I was wrong

The world desperately needs moral leadership from America, and the foundation for moral leadership is telling the truth.

George Bush won't accept responsibility for his mistakes. Along with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, he has made horrible mistakes at almost every step: twisting intelligence to fit their pre-conceived views about Iraq's threat; failed diplomacy; not going in with enough troops; not giving our forces the equipment they need; not having a plan for peace.

I think Senator Edwards is too kind: twisting intelligence to fit pre-conceived views is not a "horrible mistake". It was not a mistake at all. It was deliberate.

Going to be Ruined? Try "Has Been"

McCain: Torture Ban Needed for U.S. Image

I feel about John McCain the way a lot of people feel about Colin Powell: he failed to stand up when necessary, and is thus a failure. His moral authority has been squandered.

Going to be ruined? Try already has been ruined.

Why is it so hard for a representative of the people to speak the truth? I think we should ban incumbents' campaigning or something.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Indigenous People and Unrest in Columbia

Columbia Unrest

I read a couple of articles that talked about FARC when I was writing a paper on guerrilla warfare earlier this year (for my international humanitarian law class), but there was nothing on indigenous peoples' issues.

Columbia timeline

What Happened to the U.S.?

Carter 'Disturbed' by Direction of U.S.

"Everywhere you go, you hear, 'What has happened to the United States of America? We thought you used to be the champion of human rights. We thought you used to protect the environment. We thought you used to believe in the separation of church and state,'" Carter said Friday at Unity Temple.

Huh. I wonder if Jimmy could win if he ran in '08.