July 29, 2004
Wag the Dog?

Wag the Dog???

Just-in-time-production? See CNN's... Just-in-time-production? See CNN's Breaking News Alert: "Security forces have captured a high-level al Qaeda operative in a raid in central Pakistan, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said." Then, after you see that, remember that we noted in May and then The New Republic reported out extensively early this month, that this White House has been telling the Pakistanis for months that they wanted to see a big-time al Qaida leader -- hopefully bin Laden -- produced during the Democratic convention. [via Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall]

From the article:  Pushing Musharraf to go after Al Qaeda in the tribal areas may be a good idea despite the risks. But, if that is the case, it was a good idea in 2002 and 2003. Why the switch now? Top Pakistanis think they know: This year, the president's reelection is at stake.


Posted by Howard at 11:16 PM
The Fear III

The Fear III Fear of Death Wins Minds and Votes, Study Finds: "President Bush may be tapping into solid human psychology when he invokes the Sept. 11 attacks while campaigning for the next election, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.
Talking about death can raise people's need for psychological security, the researchers report in studies to be published in the December issue of the journal Psychological Science and the September issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

[via Seeing The Forest]

Posted by Howard at 10:17 PM
Reporting for duty

Between one of the Kerry kids saying she knows all 6'4" of her dad (ew) and Kerry saluting and saying he's "Reporting for Duty," I'm not feeling the love tonight.

Posted by Howard at 10:14 PM