Topic: In these times...
The sun is out early in Los Angeles. There are Memorial Day events, followed by cook-outs and ball games and such. This is, informally, first day of summer, of course, and the traffic is light, or will be until the evening when everyone rushes home. But I’m thinking of my nephew in Mosul and his friends.
A quick review of today’s comment out there –
From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in their editorial Praise Bravery, Seek Forgiveness:
That is followed by a discussion of the May 1 Downing Street Memo and other items, like how four days before the State of the Union address in January 2003, the National Security Council staff "put out a call for new intelligence to bolster claims" about Saddam Hussein's WMD programs. The call went out because the NSC staff believed the case was weak. No one in the administration would listen to them. And on the day before the speech, the CIA's Berlin station chief warned that the source for some of what Bush would say was untrustworthy. But he said it anyway. It was fabricated information from one source – that Curveball alcoholic and unstable cousin of Chalabi. Oh well.
The Star-Tribune editorial ends with this -
I suspect we’ll make the same mistake again and again.
On the left? Smugness, as in this -
Somehow, that is offensive. Grandstanding. Who was right? That hardly matters now.
The question is what to do now. Bob Herbert over at the New York Times doesn’t like the current plan -
There will be no trauma. There will be no commission.
The very idea of what it means to be American is at stake? Perhaps so. But there will be no commission.
And kicking more butt probably won’t do it either.
Nor will holier-than-thou statements from the left like this -
Yeah, well, if there is a God, how did all this happen, unless He, She or It has a nasty sense of humor?
The Saturday before Memorial Day I visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery as the local Scouts were finishing up placing a small American flag on each grave - and Kevin Roderick, who for two decades was a staff writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, explains the place -
Yes. The photos are here without comment.
A reaction from Rick, the News Guy in Atlanta ?
My nephew thinks he's doing what he should be doing. And he is.
In a few years he and I will sit down and discuss the whole business. We'll see then. I don't think apologies will come up - just geopolitics. I suspect he?ll end up back at West Point, where he started, teaching that.