January 27th, 2005


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"Let me put this as bluntly as I can: There is nothing that the Europeans want to hear from George Bush, there is nothing that they will listen to from George Bush that will change their minds about him or the Iraq war or U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Bush is more widely and deeply disliked in Europe than any U.S. president in history. Some people here must have a good thing to say about him, but I haven't met them yet.

"In such an environment, the only thing that Mr. Bush could do to change people's minds about him would be to travel across Europe and not say a single word - but just listen. If he did that, Mr. Bush would bowl the Europeans over. He would absolutely disarm and flummox people here - and improve his own image markedly. All it would take for him would be just a few words: 'Read my ears. I have come to Europe to listen, not to speak. I will give my Europe speech when I come home - after I've heard what you have to say.'"

-Thomas Friedman, NYTimes.com

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"The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people. I understand that. We value life. And we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life. But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom."
-President George W. Bush, news conference transcript

Must read:
"Starkly put, Baghdad is not under control, either by the Iraqi interim government or the American military."

Another great read:
Frank Rich on the troops, the inauguration, and a new movie that shows Iraq both as Vietnam redux and the un-Vietnam, Gunner Palace.

So, how did it work out for Chile when they privatized their social security plans?

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Cross-examining "Exonerated," the anti-death penalty play premiering tonight on Court TV.