Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded.
Republicans risk being caught in a trap of their own devising. The master narrative they're going with -- dishonesty -- is as dangerous for them as they want it to be for Hillary Clinton. They want the 2016 election to turn on the question "Can you trust her?" But Democrats can use jiu-jitsu and make the election turn on the question "Can you trust the people who duped you into Iraq?"
It isn't like Hillary was the fresh new upstart even in 2008. In fact, she was the renowned name, the unsinkable ship, and the candidate to beat. Even then, with the Clinton machine and virtually unlimited financial support, she was beat.
The question should not be whether the U.S. had faulty intelligence, but whether the existence of WMDs in Iraq alone should have been regarded as a casus belli -- as a justification for going to war against, and invading, a foreign country.
Conservative Republicans are trumpeting the resounding election victory of the British Conservative Party as a triumph of kindred souls. Not so fast. At least in regard to environmental policy, the two Conservative parties bear little resemblance.
In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming Carbon Dioxide Levels Tick Past 400 ppm Reversing CO2 ...
This week, another Bush got caught in an Iraq quagmire with no exit strategy. When Jeb Bush was asked if he'd have authorized invading Iraq knowing what we know now, he replied, "I would have." He continued to flail all week, saying on Wednesday that such "hypotheticals" are a "disservice" to the troops, and on Thursday that he "would not have gone into Iraq." The jaws that rightly dropped in response to his floundering were notably bipartisan. Laura Ingraham declared "there has to be something wrong with you," and Byron York said it was "a step backward" for the GOP. It's shocking that Jeb didn't have a prepared answer to this elephant sitting in the middle of his campaign headquarters, but heartening to see how far establishment thinking has come on Iraq. And given the speed with which Jeb shifted gears, who knows, by next week he might be demanding that those who led us into that disastrous war be held accountable.
As we head into election time, you're going to hear many times about how Hillary Clinton saw the same faulty intelligence and voted to go to war. And that's a fact. But -- it's far from the truth.
When a governor goes AWOL... ...
In a recent and widely seen interview with Diane Sawyer about his transition to womanhood, Bruce Jenner surprised many people with the admission that he is also a Republican.
While it may make sense logically that members of Congress would hold out on forming an opinion while waiting for evidence, it makes absolutely no sense that they would then work fervently to eliminate any means of getting that evidence -- unless of course they have no interest in the truth or evidence.
Under this legislation, women whose lives are in danger would be prohibited from receiving a safe and legal abortion after 20 weeks -- even when their doctor determines it is medically necessary. Doctors could face up to five years in jail for acting to prevent serious and potentially lifelong harm to their patient. In addition, the bill would enact senseless barriers for rape victims.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked a good question last month. He wanted to know, "What is the environmental platform of the Republican Party?" Graham said he doesn't know and suggested that it's time for his party to do some "soul searching." He is right to suggest some soul searching, but I'm surprised he doesn't know the party's platform.