All right, the next one was supposed to be non-politcal...
...but Tom Tomorrow's latest version of THIS MODERN WORLD" is just too choice. Already jpegs of the strip are flurrying across the web.
I cannot do that and violate his copyright. But. According to TT: There are two different ways for you to get your weekly TMW fix online!
1. You can view the new cartoon on Monday mornings on Salon Magazine online, http://dir.salon.com/topics/tom_tomorrow/index.html but you must now either be a Salon subscriber or click through an multi-part advertisement first…
…or… 2. You can wait until Tuesday at noon, when the new cartoon will be posted at Working For Change.
See this recent one called "Great Moments in Punditry." Can you see why great powers do not want predictions registries or accountability or any kind of measures of credibility?
Russ Daggat chimes in an additional example with the following choice example from Right-wing columnist and FOX News commentator Cal Thomas, April 15, 2003:
"When the Berlin Wall fell and Eastern Europe escaped from the shackles of communism, I wrote that we must not forget the enablers, apologists and other "fellow travelers" who helped sustain communism's grip on a sizable portion of humanity for much of the 20th century. I suggested that a "cultural war crimes tribunal" be convened, at which people from academia, the media, government and the clergy who were wrong in their assessment of communism would be forced to confront their mistakes. While not wishing to deprive anyone of his or her right to be wrong, it wouldn't hurt for these people to be held accountable.
That advice was not taken - but today we are presented with another opportunity in the form of scores of false media prophets who predicted disaster should the U.S. military confront and seek to oust the murderous regime of Saddam Hussein. The purpose of a cultural war crimes tribunal would be to remind the public of journalism's many mistakes, as well as the errors of certain politicians and retired generals, and allow it to properly judge their words the next time they feel the urge to prophesy...
All of the printed and voiced prophecies should be saved in an archive. When these false prophets again appear, they can be reminded of the error of their previous ways and at least be offered an opportunity to recant and repent."
Oooooog. As if.
As if "conservatives" invented the Marshall-Acheson-Truman strategy that led to the long victory.
As if liberal JFK wasn't so macho-eager to wage Cold War that he leaped into a trap set for us by the KGB in Vietnam, proving that you could fall off the tightrope with too much "vigah" as well as too little.
As if the caricature "fellow travelers" weren't always far more rare on the left that caricature thieving pigs were on the right (though both a minority, Thank God. Or rather, please, God.)
As if, this chilling piece of vendetta nastiness perfectly exemplifies how a president and party could piss away the united America they got to lead, after 0/11... the united West that supported us then...
As if this blithering hypocrisy weren't typical of the monsters, who cannot even imagine applying the same words to themselves.
Oh, there is something you are now hearing over and over. The BIG ROVEAN TACTIC is this. Demand that their opponents choose a simple, one sentence strategy for Iraq.
"Well? What would YOU do?"
It is horrendous and a "Have you stopped beating your wife?" question. Because No one-sentence answer will sound mature or sage, given the horrific political, social, military, and moral quagmire that we are inheriting. Moreover, any attempt to avoid giving a one sentence answer sounds equivocating and mealy-mouthed.
Another brilliant Rovean gotcha ploy and dems are falling for it.
There has to be an answer that turns the tables. I suggest this one.
"Obviously, a new team will have to work with allies (once we have regained their trust) and others to come up with new plans. But YOU are twisting and evading the issue.
"The issue is who should be entrusted with the task of finding a way out of this mess?
"Although democrats led us through the most successful military campaign in US history, losing not a single US service pwerson while cheaply and swiftly bringing peace and law to Europe for the first time in 4,000 years, while strengthening alliances and even gaining popularity in the Muslim world... still, that does not absolutely prove we will do a great job with Iraq.
"What IS proved, though, is that the present gang of fools cannot be trusted with a burnt match.
"They are the same men who coddled Saddam for decades.
Who - when they had him in their hands - set him free to oppress Iraqis for twelve more years.
Who lied to us and to the world about pretexts for war.
Who have oppressed and meddled and half-destroyed the professionals of the military and intelligence communities.
Who have undermined American science at every turn and undermined out goal of energy independence.
Who ruined all accountability systems and contract rules, replacing them with half a trillion in crony deals.
Who have wrecked U.S. military readiness.
Who have spent our grandchildren into permanent debt.
Who have driven off our allies and friends, while encouraging millions to embrace our foes.
"So don't you DARE demand that I give you a one-sentence answer about what to do in Iraq.
"I can give you a clear answer about what I will do, once in office.
"I will fire the gang of boobs who gave us this mess, and invite in grownups from the professional intelligence and military and civil services, freeing them to give sage advice without fear of retribution. Advice that will be heeded.
"I will also invite in adults from both parties who were banished by a pack of cranky, nasty little boys, who base every national decision upon a context of "culture war."
"I will seek out those - from all philosophies - who were proved right by the passage of time, and hold accountable those who lied or proved unworthy of trust.
"Together - with restored goodwill from the rest of the world - and with iron determination to rebuild our strength - we will start wading out of this mess that we were dragged into, by liars and fools how have no business meddling in the affairs of nations.