June 5th, 2004

Scorpion

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So, Harry Potter is good. Pretty damn good, in fact. It was my favorite of the books (so far, haven't read #5 quite yet) and is by and far my favorite of the movies.

However, once again opening night is less of a treat. I figured, getting to the line for a movie an hour beforehand would be fine, especially since the show wasn't until 10:20. And lo, turns out there was *fifty* people or so before us. Which would have been acceptable, if more people didn't keep cutting in. I was ready to throw a fit, but I survived, and our seats weren't terrible.

Oh, and Muvico was out of soda. Yep, no carbonated beverages. WTF, mate? How does that happen?

Anyways, there was this movie. Here's some brief thoughts.

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Scorpion

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"As debate continues to rage about the flaws in the American occupation of Iraq, James Bamford takes a fresh look at the run-up to the 2003 conflict, to examine how pre-war intelligence spurred the onset of war. Bamford, author of two earlier investigative studies of the National Security Agency, The Puzzle Palace and Body of Secrets, sets out in A Pretext for War to show that key figures in the Bush administration - national security adviser Richard Perle, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith - locked in a plan to wage war in Iraq well before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He charges that these four leading hawks manipulated the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency in a desperate attempt to justify a regime change in Iraq that they had been strategizing to bring about for years. He suggests further that the administration's rush to war grew out of a key and chronic blind spot in American policy circles: the failure to recognize the central role of the Palestinian cause in igniting Arab rage against the United States."
-WashingtonPost.com book review