Quote of the week

The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.” —former White House official Ann Lewis, Senior Advisor for Hillary Clinton for President. [Washington Post]

“La la la la la!”

First we had an election landslide against the Republicans, in which the Iraq war was the #1 concern of voters. Then we had an Iraq Study Group. It was described by the mainstream media as “bipartisan”. Here’s what “bipartisan” actually means: Chairman James A. Baker III—Chief of Staff, Reagan; Secretary of State, Bush I. Co-chairman Lee H. Hamilton—allegedly a Democrat. As chair of a previous Select Committee, he chose not to investigate Reagan or Bush I for their roles in the Iran-Contra scandal.

I want to believe

They say John Kerry is a master of debating skills. I believe it. I know he is, because watching the first presidential debate I actually found myself wanting to believe him, to trust him. He said some great things, and for a moment I actually believed that he might act on his promises. And then I remembered the well-documented lies and U-turns that have made up his career, and I thought “No, you can’t believe him.

In case you missed it

President Bill Clinton’s administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994 but buried the information to justify its inaction, according to classified documents made available for the first time. Senior officials privately used the word genocide within 16 days of the start of the killings, but chose not to do so publicly because the president had already decided not to intervene. Intelligence reports obtained using the US Freedom of Information Act show the cabinet and almost certainly the president had been told of a planned “final solution to eliminate all Tutsis” before the slaughter reached its peak.

Eat: Rejected Article Idea #94

Human beings eat and drink a lot of strange things. The discharged unfertilized ova of fowl, for example. The eyeballs of sheep. The yellow sticky secretions of small insects. Coffee beans extracted from the droppings of animals. The chemicals excreted by yeast. Fungus dug out of the ground by pigs. And so on. I thought, suppose there were aliens out there. Suppose they came to earth, seeking not friendship, but gourmet delicacies.