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February 15, 2009

Change We Can Believe In...

This would be funny if an entire election hadn't just been decided on the basis of this man's "evolving" views on national security.

When even Thomas Ricks is warning (top video) that Iraq will change Barack Obama more than Obama will change Iraq, perhaps it might be in order to conclude that irrational exuberance is an even worse basis for foreign policy decisions than the so-called politics of fear.

Posted by Cassandra at February 15, 2009 10:49 AM

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Evolving views and natural selection...

Posted by: Darwin at February 15, 2009 12:44 PM

Oh, and I fergot: Irrational exuberance. I think expecting unicorns was a bit much.

Posted by: Cricket at February 15, 2009 12:46 PM

Thomas Ricks is a pompous, er, donkey. I get so very tired of people who get away with substituting their pet peeves and childish wishes for reasoned discourse. Ricks is to Iraq what Krugman is to economics.
Whatever facts he once knew to be true have changed on the ground, yet he continues on the trajectory that he launched himself on years ago.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 15, 2009 01:30 PM

It's going to be an interesting four (eight?) years.

Like in the ancient Chinese proverb, I fear...

Posted by: camojack at February 16, 2009 01:27 AM

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Who;s laughing now?

Posted by: Drive-by Donald Rumsfeld at February 16, 2009 10:34 AM

Who;s laughing now?

The proofreader from Seville, most likely...

Posted by: BillT at February 16, 2009 10:54 AM

Man, that was a close cut!

Posted by: bt_careful-with-that-Wite-Out®-eugene_hun at February 16, 2009 11:20 AM

Maybe that's what I need - digital White Out :p

We could all be rich!

Posted by: Cassandra at February 16, 2009 11:52 AM

Digital White-Out. Isn't that a backspace/delete key?

As to irrational exuberance, I just checked my grade regarding my foragainst paper about religious/no religious pluralism in the US.

I got a 9.7 out of 10. She gigged me for improper formatting of my sources.

I did manage to not put in phrases like 'haranging harpies of the left' and 'howling dissent of the pro atheist crowd.'

Posted by: Cricket at February 16, 2009 07:58 PM