You didn’t try hard enough, stupid.

The former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2 and a half hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today’s conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.

“I tried to avoid this war,” Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. “I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers.”

From Mr. Sullivan but a better read on Powell by James Bennet.




“My last few years in the middle school were spent largely chasing kids out of the bathroom of the opposite sex. Blowjobs were all the rage. It was all they could talk about. They even drew pictures and diagrams, of kids ‘doing it,’ or ‘how to do it’ for the uninitiated.”

A Teacher Tells The Truth About Your Kid and Sex



How convenient.

“I don’t believe my role is to replace the verdict of a jury with my own”

George W. Bush on why he signed death warrants for 152 inmates as governor of Texas.




On July 2, 2003, George W. Bush was asked about the rising casualty rates in Iraq. His response:

anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found and brought to justice. There are some who feel like that if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don’t understand what they’re talking about, if that’s the case.

Let me finish. There are some who feel like — that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on.

Yee fucking haw.



Dicky Lugar To The Rescue

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) on Iraq:

“In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved. Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term.”

More on the subject:

Profiles on timing (and Episode 3088 (06/28/2007) for some more info)

What Americans think about the war in Iraq

The Surge

The Retreat of the Old Bulls

Mr. President, Your Helicopter is Ready!


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