JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: AGAINST DEMOCRACY. Last week, Shadi Hamid argued (here and here) that, to close the "vision gap" on foreign policy, progressives need to resist the realist temptation and reclaim democracy promotion from the neoconservatives.
HE FORGOT ABOUT AZERBAIJAN!Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes a televised debate between himself and George W. Bush only to see the Bush administration spurn the idea in a humorless manner with a statement from spokeswoman Dana Perino:
"I'd refer you back to what the president, Secretary Rice, and others have said about the Iranian regime knowing what it has to do to engage constructively with international community,� Perino said. "We�ve said we are willing to talk to Iran in the context of positive response to the P5+1 package."
BUSH: DRILL OUR WAY TO A STRONGER LEVEE SYSTEM. President Bush is not even done with his speech supposedly given in honor of the dead and those displaced by the hurricane that hit land one year ago today, and already he has begun trying to spin the needs of Louisianans in a comically cynical way. To rebuild levees costs money, you see. And that's why Bush just urged Congress to open the Gulf Coast for drilling, to help raise the necessary money. Seeing him pull this maneuver should give every environmentalist reason for concern. Remember, Bush used the argument that September 11 proves the need for energy independence to argue for drilling in ANWR.
GREETINGS FROM KATRINALAND. Here, in New Orleans, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, there is nothing but Katrina to talk about today. There's plenty to talk about, and much of it distressing.
IRONY AT WORK. Sometimes the headline says it all. That the entire civilized population of the United States isn't rolling down the street, laughing uncontrollably, is a measure of what this cabal of constitutional vandals has wrought over the past seven years. I thought sending Karen Hughes out as the Face of America in the Muslim World was going to be the peak of this administration's hilarious gift for inappropriate public irony. Not even close, as it turns out.
JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: IS OUR PRESIDENT LEARNING? Just how bogus, desperate, and perversely counterproductive is the Bush team's new p.r. push to present George W. as an intellectually minded bookworm? Steve Benenanswers.
PHARMA CARES. You may have had your daily Law & Order time interrupted recently by ads congratulating legislators who voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug bill, and blasting those who didn't. The ads were paid for by the Chamber of Commerce -- only they weren't. It turns out the pharmaceutical industry -- the main beneficiary of Medicare�s expansion -- have actually been footing the bill, while the CofC attaches its name to the closing credits. And this isn't the first time Pharma has funded ads supporting their agenda but lacking their byline: Back in May 2002, the United Seniors Association stepped forward with a $10-million blitz praising the new Medicare bill.