February 4, 2005
Well, I'm back
I'm back from a short but enjoyable vacation. Enjoyable despite the news. How can we not begin with Condoleeza Rice's first foreign adventure. She gave assurances to our European and Middle-Eastern friends by saying that a military attack on Iran is "not on the agenda...at this time." She went on, as if appearing before another docile Senate panel, to lecture the media that all options are on the president's desk. (Does that mean resignation is a possibility?)
You don't suppose that the early returns from Iraq showing that 72 percent of the voters lined up with al-Sistani, thereby demonstrating loyalty to Iran and not the U.S., had anything to do with her saber-rattling, do you? Nah, that would be way too cynical. Think about poor Allawi. Risks his life to be our face in Iraq and he got about 18 percent in early returns--but just wait. Word has it Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris are headed to Baghdad for the recount.
Then we see our torture expert Alberto Gonzales is now our attorney general. What a gift to our enemies. Imagine what the creators of Swift Boat commercials could do with this material. Yikes! Back to vacation.
But the good news is great news. Our friends in Douglas County once again defeated the extension cord from Duluth to Wausau. The county board voted, after careful study and lots of open meetings, 15-11 to refuse access to county lands. Congratulations to Mark Liebaert and Tom Kreager and all the SOUL folks who never give up!
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