Redgee likes to joke that his relatives are all in jail or the military. He told me a few months ago that he heard from them that they are being told to gear up for a war in Iran. Now with a recent New Yorker article I read, this rumor is getting some play in the public discourse.
I donâ€™t think itâ€™s going to happen. But since we are gearing up for midterm elections, it is about time for the Republicans to start another war.
Hong told me a joke today from some internet movie.
Iraq? Iran? With a difference of only one letter, I bet most Americans probably figure we are in Iran already.
Part of the shrill Democractic opposition
The comments to an article on Balloon Juice have an interesting thread about when most of the readers started to dislike George Bush. I started to think if I was part of the â€œshrill Democratic oppositionâ€ John Cole was referring toâ€”I am not registered to either party. When did I start disliking Bush, like John Cole does now?
My turning point
To be completely honest, I never did much like him. I mean in 2000 the only voting I did was to write scripts to mess with the online polls of various news organizationsâ€”it was like calisthenics when you wrote web scrapers for a living. I didnâ€™t vote in 2000, if I had it probably would have been for Gore, but for all the wrong reasons. The only thing I could remember about Bush at the time (other than â€œBush or Chimpâ€) was feeling how pathetic he was next to previous Republican candidates: Dole, Bush Sr., Reagan. I felt with a recession impending, we needed a President who would be willing to tell us to think like our depression-era grandparents, not say that we should spend our way out of it.
The first problem I actually had with the guy was probably when he disappeared after 9/11. Itâ€™s because of that I never bought into Bushâ€™s bullhorn moment. I expect a president to act at least as courageously as you or I might have done in the same situation, and he didnâ€™t. Still the disagreement was mostly a tactical one, I never really did have high expectations of him to begin with. Given the circumstances of who we elected, I felt we got better than we deserved.
Because of 9/11, I started to follow the news regularly. I remember hearing the Presidentâ€™s State of the Union address on my way to visit Dave. It started as celebratory, after all, we had just won a war in Afghanistan, but my stomach clenched up as he started to talk about North Korea, Iran, and Iraq. When he got to the Axis of evil line, I nearly got into an accident.
Even though I wasnâ€™t against the Iraq War until around November 2003, my turning point with Bush came at that moment.