How to mismanage a superpower
: The accepted wisdom of the 9/11 Commission hearings has been that the President should have known more and met with more people about the threat of terrorism.
The stupidity — and danger — of that just sunk in.
The last thing I want is for the work of government — the most urgent work: protecting its citizens — to depend upon one man at the top.
That would be mismanagement on a criminal scale.
No, when and if government employees find a threat against America, they should go and with dispatch stomp it out.
The last thing we need is for them to have to go meet with the President. They are and should be empowered by the law to take action.
So all this blather before and around the commission about who met with whom when and who asked for meetings they didn’t get is all a crock of crap; on its fact, it’s nonsensical management.
The issue isn’t whether another meeting in the Oval Office would have stopped an attack. The issue is why and how the structure and communication of appropriate agencies is messed up and needs to be fixed (far faster than Tenant’s five-year timetable!) to prevent the next attack.
Tax cut? What tax cut?
: If anybody on the Bush campaign had thought ahead — and I’m glad they didn’t — they’d have been smart to put up a tax-cut calculator: Put your 1040 in here and see how much you saved. That struck me as I read yesterday’s Times story on how much Bush and especially Cheney saved from the tax cut: smart angle on the story, namely, how the tax cut benefits a couple of very well-known rich guys. I realized that I have no idea what it did or didn’t do for me. It would have been smart of the campaign to put up something on the web telling you what you saved and whom to credit. But, oh, drat, it’s already April 15. Too late.
: Command Post — my source for breaking news — sends the alert that the Japanese hostages have been released.
Europe’s moral quandry: Mensch or surrender money?
: Bin Laden supposedly offers European nations a “truce” if they withdraw troops from any Muslim nations.
So now we have the moral counterpoint to Bush’s your-with-us-or-you’re-against-us challenge. Are you with bin Laden or America? Are you with murdering religous fundamentalist fanatics or modernity? Are you with civilization or not? Pretty clear choice to me. It’s not about Bush. It’s about right and wrong. Very clear choice.
If Europe has any balls — and soul and moral fiber — every nation will announce today that they are sending troops to Iraq and that bin Laden can go F himself.
: UPDATE: Of course, Britain has balls. But do the French?
Italy has balls. But do the Germans?
: EVENING UPDATE: France and Germany have balls!
Liberals do have a sense of humor
: Air America tells its side of the story.