Click here to go to Opinions You Should Have at tomburka.com. TITLE: A Personal Observation AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/08/2003 11:28:00 PM ----- BODY:
Today I saw a pretty girl coming out of a public restroom in Central Park. So there you have it. Pretty and brave.
-------- TITLE: Maybe It's Time To Trim That Beard AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/08/2003 11:26:00 PM ----- BODY:
One of my numerous girlfriends (read: "My wife -- who wishes to remain anonymous on my web page--") told me that with my winter coat on, my hood up, and my sunglasses, I look like the Unabomber.
-------- TITLE: Totally Convincing AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/08/2003 12:51:00 PM ----- BODY:
The Washington Post noted that the U.S. relied upon forged documents as "evidence" of an Iraqi nuclear arms program. The forged documents -- letters -- were replete with "crude errors," "including names and titles that did not match up with the individuals who held office at the time the letters were purportedly written":
"We fell for it," said one U.S. official who reviewed the documents.
This isn't satire. That's what our government said. Very believable. Either our intelligence officials are being -- what's the word I'm looking for -- dishonest, or they're simply incompetent. Moreover, the same article explains that Powell's claim -- repeated by Bush in latest State of the Union address, and presented to thre U.N. is Powell's recent presentation -- that aluminum tubes ordered by Iraq were clearly intended to be used in Iraq's purported nuclear weopons program, appear to be patently false. Bush: Reluctant. Cowboy. I'll accept cowboy.
-------- TITLE: Totally Unconvincing AUTHOR: Tom DATE: 3/08/2003 12:33:00 PM ----- BODY: Eric Alter said what his companions (notably Howard Fineman) have failed to say:
[A]t one point in the news conference, Bush said: “That happens to be my last choice—the use of force.” Sounds good, but it simply wasn’t believable. Everyone knows that war has been the president’s first choice—not his last—since at least the summer of 2002. In trying to play the reluctant sheriff, Bush cast himself in a role that rang false. He has, for months, been the eager sheriff.
Alter thoughtfully contrasts Bush's actions over the past year with possible and far more reasonable paths the President might have taken if he had really wished to pursue a diplomatic solution to Iraqi disarmament. Worth looking at. --------