God Says You Have to Move
The latest installment of the sharpest terror-war satire going rips Dick Armey for pushing "ethnic cleansing" in the West Bank. The strip on ethnic cleansing is one of my favorites in a series that has had some trouble maintaining the brilliance it attained last fall.
But this is no joke. Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe laid out the argument for dispossessing the Palestinians in a speech on the Senate floor.
Quoth Inhofe: "This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true." If a high-ranking politico in an Islamic state made the exact same statement from a pro-Palestinian point of view, substituting "Allah" for "God," we would freak out, and rightly so. To quote myself last week: "Basing policy on a particular reading of Scripture is as misguided for America and its allies as it is for our enemies."
He Knew Nothing
Michael Kinsley compares the management of scandal-tainted Halliburton to Captain Renault in Casablanca, who was famously "shocked, shocked" to discover wrong-doing under his nose. For those of us who grew up watching bad TV, another useful exemplar of Dick Cheney's management ethics is Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes, the "I see nothing" guy.
Just got 6,900 words of copy from my Baseline writing partner, David Carr. Draft due to the mad genius this afternoon. No early slide for me on this Friday.