Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Lost Year In Iraq

Everybody should watch this gripping PBS Frontline special, "The Lost Year in Iraq." It portrays Bremer in a very complicated and interesting light. A rather committed but green corporatist-turned-colonial administrater who drank Bush's democracy kool-aid AND Wolfowitz/Feith's Ba'ath = Nazi, trauma-theory kool-aid, and then got fucked by everyone.

The Tombstone of Reaganism

I hope Newberry cleans up the bizarre typos and grammatical mistakes that litter this piece, because, beyond those formal deficiencies, it is a compelling take down of a series of myths about conservatism whose culmination Newberry locates in Sullivan's "The Conservative Soul." Newberry sees the second Bush era as the culmination of Reaganism, rather than some straying from the reservation, which is the narrative that the few remaining semi-sane conservatives are trying to ride to respectability.

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