Mourning In America
Friday, December 19, 2003
My New Favorite Architecture Critic Check out Gawker.com's take on the new Freedom Tower:
By 2008, drunken bridge-and-tunnelers will be able to figure out which way is downtown again.
Hasn't NYC Suffered Enough? This from the AP: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to Attend NYU
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Drafts at the White House? Today's NY Times Op-Ed page features two unlikely commentators pointing out that the Emperor has no Clothes.
First, Bruce Hoffman of the RAND Corporation -- the hub of the military-industrial complex itself! -- points out that, contrary to the Bush administration's frequent claims, Iraq is not the center of the War on Terror. Worse, by continuing to deceive ourselves (through the flypaper theory) that we're engaging the terrorists on our own terms, we might actually be playing into Al Qaeda's hands.
But there's a better chance that Osama bin Laden is the one setting a trap. He and his fellow jihadists didn't drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan by taking the fight to an organized enemy on a battlefield of its choosing. In fact, the idea that Al Qaeda wanted to make Iraq the central battlefield of jihad was first suggested by Al Qaeda itself...
The second article has fewer life-and-death consequences, but it no less surprising, as William Safire takes on the administration for trying to keep the records from Dick Cheney's energy task force meetings secret. Safire hurls the harshest of all conservative epithets: He says the move is something the Clintons might try!