Favorite
The fourth anniversary of 9-11 approaches, and Michael Tomasky has done the math. “By the time night falls on September 11, Osama bin Laden will have been at large for 1,461 days,” Tomasky writes in the American Prospect. “America vanquished world fascism in less time: We obtained Germany’s surrender in 1,243 days, Japan’s in 1,365.” Only a comparatively small contingent of American troops went to Afghanistan to pursue bin Laden. President Bush was more interested in finding an excuse to invade Iraq. (He eventually offered half a dozen excuses, none that held water.) “The administration held back troops from Afghanistan so that it could send 150,000 to Iraq,” Tomasky writes. “That and nothing else is the reason bin Laden is still at large.” So 2,700 American deaths remain unavenged. If Al Gore had been president on 9-11 — that is, if the Supreme Court had allowed the presidential votes to be counted honestly — and bin Laden was still on the loose today, the media and the Republican Party would be crying for impeachment. Bush surely is, as E. L. Doctorow has said, a most unfeeling president. Comes word now that the government-furnished gravestones for troops killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are being inscribed with the operation names created by propagandists — “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Military gravestones from other eras have been simple, direct, devoid of b.s., inscribed only with name, rank, military branch, date of death — no “Operation Onward Christian Soldiers” sort of thing. But Bush requires that American troops support his initiatives even in death. Could he not bring himself to at least use an honest slogan? Not “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” but “Bush’s War.” Not this fellow. The director of the Arkansas Family Council wants to arrange more meetings between conservative ministers (overwhelmingly Republican, incidentally) and Arkansas’s two senators (both Democrats) in hopes of persuading them to support John Roberts’ nomination for the Supreme Court. “If I were in politics, certainly I would want to know what the pastors are thinking and saying,” Jerry Cox said in an interview. Ah, but in America what the pastors are thinking and saying about Supreme Court appointments is no more important than what the non-pastors are thinking and saying. That is the difference between democracy, which is the American way, and theocracy, practiced widely and ruthlessly in the Middle East. As it happens, People for the American Way is one of the groups in the Arkansas Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, which is urging Arkansas’s senators to review Roberts’ record thoroughly and get clear answers about his judicial philosophy before voting on his nomination. In other words, the coalition is asking that the senators do their duty. More of the American way.
Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • One killed in club fight on Asher Ave.

    LRPD report on early morning homicide in Asher Avenue club fight.
    • Nov 18, 2017
  • The Clinton anniversary open line

    An open line and a check on the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s presidential election. Already today, Hillary Clinton has signed several thousand copies of her book and made headlines with a Mother Jones interview in which she says the legitimacy of Trump's election remains in doubt.
    • Nov 18, 2017
  • CORRECTION: Downtown gets spruced up with lighting ceremony MONDAY

    A bit of old-time Christmas magic returns to downtown Little Rock MONDAY NIGHT with the lighting of a 55-foot tree at Capitol and Main festooned with lights and custom-made blown-glass topper.
    • Nov 18, 2017
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

Latest in Editorials

  • The end of an era

    We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
    • May 8, 2014
  • A stand for equality

    Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
    • May 8, 2014
  • Same old, same old

    Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

November

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The smell of the swamp

    • Interesting how Republicans always bleat about their support for "free market" competition, but really are…

    • on November 18, 2017
  • Re: Trust in Putin

    • If course, Putin himself is the ultimate political hack, just of the Russian variety. Truth,…

    • on November 17, 2017
  • Re: Another fox

    • In this case, "Follow the Money" means ALL roads lead deeper into the swamp.

    • on November 17, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation