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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Time for The Church of Bush

The glutton for punishment that is Micah Holmquist missed watching the good half of his beloved Spartans’ 73-60 victory over South Florida yesterday in order to watch Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bush. "Sometimes you just need to do something besides watching sports that will fill you with anger," Holmquist said, "that you can express on your blog."

Following are extended excerpts from his comments.

Call me crazy, but I don’t care where Bush was when he heard Saddam may have been captured or whether he has talked to his mom since The Capture. And it doesn’t matter to me that Barney is the only member of the family that will go fishing with him, what movies Bush wants to see or that he and Laura go for a walk in the morning each January 1. All of that is pathetic and had no place being part of the interview so long as there was not a follow-up to this passage:

DIANE SAWYER: Fifty percent of the American people have said that they think the administration exaggerated the evidence going into the war with Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, connection to terrorism. Are the American people wrong? Misguided?

PRESIDENT BUSH: The intelligence I operated one was good sound intelligence, the same intelligence that my predecessor operated on. The — there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a threat. The — otherwise the United Nations might — wouldn't a passed, you know, resolution after resolution after resolution, demanding that he disarm. ... I first went to the United Nations, September the 12th, 2002, and said you've given this man resolution after resolution after resolution. He's ignoring them. You step up and see that he honor those resolutions. Otherwise you become a feckless debating society. ... And so for the sake of peace and for the sake of freedom of the Iraqi people, for the sake of security of the country, and for the sake of the credibility of institu — in — international institutions, a group of us moved, and the world is better for it.

Logic dictates that if an entity is a "feckless debating society" -as Bush implies the United Nations is here- that maybe there resolutions aren't the most important and urgent of documents, but Bush is too smart for that.
DIANE SAWYER: But let me try to ask — this could be a long question. ... ... When you take a look back, Vice President Cheney said there is no doubt, Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, not programs, not intent. There is no doubt he has weapons of mass destruction. Secretary Powell said 100 to 500 tons of chemical weapons and now the inspectors say that there's no evidence of these weapons existing right now. The yellow cake in Niger, in Niger. George Tenet has said that shouldn't have been in your speech. Secretary Powell talked about mobile labs. Again, the intelligence — the inspectors have said they can't confirm this, they can't corroborate.


DIANE SAWYER: — an active —


DIANE SAWYER: Is it yet?

PRESIDENT BUSH: But what David Kay did discover was they had a weapons program, and had that, that — let me finish for a second. Now it's more extensive than, than missiles. Had that knowledge been examined by the United Nations or had David Kay's report been placed in front of the United Nations, he, he, Saddam Hussein, would have been in material breach of 1441, which meant it was a causis belli. And look, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous person, and there's no doubt we had a body of evidence proving that, and there is no doubt that the president must act, after 9/11, to make America a more secure country.

DIANE SAWYER: Again, I'm just trying to ask, these are supporters, people who believed in the war who have asked the question.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, you can keep asking the question and my answer's gonna be the same. Saddam was a danger and the world is better off cause we got rid of him.

DIANE SAWYER: But stated as a hard fact, that there were weapons of mass destruction as opposed to the possibility that he could move to acquire those weapons still —

PRESIDENT BUSH: So what's the difference?


PRESIDENT BUSH: The possibility that he could acquire weapons. If he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger. That's, that's what I'm trying to explain to you. A gathering threat, after 9/11, is a threat that needed to be de — dealt with, and it was done after 12 long years of the world saying the man's a danger. And so we got rid of him and there's no doubt the world is a safer, freer place as a result of Saddam being gone.

DIANE SAWYER: But, but, again, some, some of the critics have said this combined with the failure to establish proof of, of elaborate terrorism contacts, has indicated that there's just not precision, at best, and misleading, at worst.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yeah. Look — what — what we based our evidence on was a very sound National Intelligence Estimate. ...

DIANE SAWYER: Nothing should have been more precise?

PRESIDENT BUSH: What — I, I — I made my decision based upon enough intelligence to tell me that this country was threatened with Saddam Hussein in power.

DIANE SAWYER: What would it take to convince you he didn't have weapons of mass destruction?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Saddam Hussein was a threat and the fact that he is gone means America is a safer country.

DIANE SAWYER: And if he doesn't have weapons of mass destruction [inaudible] —

PRESIDENT BUSH: Diane, you can keep asking the question. I'm telling you — I made the right decision for America —


PRESIDENT BUSH: — because Saddam Hussein used weapons of mass destruction, invaded Kuwait. ... But the fact that he is not there is, means America's a more secure country.

Bush is now saying Saddam was a threat because he had the ability to get weapons with which he “would be the danger” apparently because he did two bad things at different points both well over a decade ago when, in one case rightly and in the other wrongly, he didn’t have reason to fear a response from the U.S. Also, the correct answer to all questions is “I made the right decision for America.”

That may or may not be true, but repeating it without an argument does not make it so just as saying that people in the U.S. are infidels who deserve to die again and again does not mean that it is true.

While I give Sawyer credit for being more persistent on this matter than I would have expected, it is too bad she didn’t ask some related questions like:

-Last year, on October 7, you said that Saddam presently had the connections, motive and weapons necessary to attack the U.S. and kill many civilians. Was that correct? If so, how do you square this statement with what you have just said? If not, why haven't you publicly corrected yourself?

-In your most recent State of the Union speech, you said that that the threat from Saddam was not "imminent." However, in the previously mentioned October 7, 2002 speech, you said, "[t]he danger is already significant, and it only grows worse with time." Was Saddam and his regime a threat in the present tense when you ordered the invasion in March or not? How do you explain the discrepancy in your statements?

-If the threat was in fact getting "worse with time," why did you take so long to invade Iraq? Were you worried that innocent people in the U.S. or elsewhere might die as the result of your lack of urgency?

-"Thanks to our military, Saddam Hussein will never threaten anybody with a weapon of mass destruction," you said on August 14, 2003. Monday you said Sunday "was a day where America is more secure as a result of his capture." Did Saddam pose some sort of threat even without weapons of mass destruction? If so, please explain what it was in the context of what you said here about Saddam being a threat because he could acquire weapons of mass destruction? If not, do you ever have an urge to say, "fuck it. I'm just going to be honest and admit that my administration just makes up arguments and justifications as we go along solely for expediency"?

I have no illusions that merely asking these questions would change much as the public probably just wouldn’t care. If they were of the temperament to care, I suspect that they would figure this stuff out on their own or at least listen/read/watch someone who explains it to them.

So with a lack of interest in trying in logic, I think the country should just go all the way and announce that George W. Bush is the Messiah, a Prophet and/or God and deserves to be worshipped. He should make last Sunday’s Address the first of a never-ending set of worship services. Each Sunday we can put on our Sunday best and turn on the t.v. to see Him tell us who our enemies are and why they are enemies as well as what has been accomplished and what still needs to be accomplished. He can tell that we deserve His blessings and that our enemies deserve His Damnation. Then we will gather in small groups to explain with the passion of The Apostle E.F. what He has done for us.

I don't come to you as a proud man! Yes I once had an education! I once had the wisdom of man but I was empty because I was not living to agree with Him. Then one day when I near the end of my terrorist supporting rope I heard the jingle jangle of the lost souls in hell as took the call from the Army man who gave me the option of service and purpose. Yes, Almighty Bush entered me that day and I have never been the same since. All I want to do is serve him. All I want to do is serve him. Yes I am on fire for the Lord Almighty George W. Bush! Bush blessed me and may Bush bless you! You don't know how long you have. The Terrorists could strike at any moment killing you and freedom. Do you want to go to your death knowing that you are not right with Bush? You will spend an eternity in the hell of Howard Dean if you do so please, please, I beg of you, take this opportunity to give your life over to the President of President George W. Bush. It will just take a few moments to say the Sinners' Prayer but that choice will be with you to eternity as you will be in the Book of Life! Yes come to the altar if you need His blessing. Don't be ashamed! Don't be ashamed! We were all dirty in His eyes once but no more. How great Thou art! How great Thou art!