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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

Sunday, March 07, 2004
Their war, their way

I regularly make jokes about how the Bush Administration has created the ideological basis to allow the "war on terror" to go forever because that's what they have done, but it still surprises to see someone outside of the administration take this stance due to the bizarre nature of this position.

And yet it happens. Two days ago Rush Limbaugh -who for worse is about as "mainstream" as a political figure can get in the United States due to how many people hear him, how long they listen to him and that Limbaugh can talk about pretty much whatever he wants to talk about- argued that "September 11" was not in the past but was yesterday, today and every day of the future until everything that could be done to prevent a repeat of the attacks of September 11, 2001 had been done.

What a "what the fuck?" moment. There will never be a time when nothing more can be done, unless we achieve utopia, and I don't think Limbaugh's been reading Empire. So, we have a war that could on forever and apparently that fine with Limbaugh and many others.

Of course, it will end, either through defeat or because the political benefits of declaring victory become greater than the loss at not having "terror" to kick around.

How long did the Cold War go on for?


Ironically, also on Friday's program, Limbaugh voiced support for the idea that failure to rebuild buildings the size of the World Trade Center represented letting the terrorists win, which was first voiced by New York City firefighter who lost a brother in the September 11, 2001 attacks and who had called in. Limbaugh made it clear that the terrorists shouldn't be allowed to alter our lives, except apparently with regard to the "war on terror."


Limbaugh's exchange with the firefighter was also interesting because Limbaugh at least gave off the impression that he thought there should be a singular acceptable response to the events of September 11, 2001. He wants that acceptable response to be the "war on terror" and so he needs to disparage those who lost a loved one that day but who do not support that broad conception. They must be "coached" because nobody who was a "victim" could possibly criticize Bush's glorious leadership.

Acknowledging this possibility would mean acknowledging that people in similar situations reacted very differently and that, despite what the President says, there was no singular set of "lessons of September 11." (Whether or not there should be a singular set of lessons is a good question for debate, but it is folly to pretend there only was one.)


Although I didn't hear it, rushlimbaugh.com indicates that Limbaugh took a call from Ron in New Jersey on Friday. Ron said:

...my son Kyle died in Iraq back in May of last year...

And the call is basically about all of the inferences of the loss of death, to questions being asked, and editorials being written negative to President Bush. There were three editorials written complaining about why he didn't attend funerals and why nobody was allowed to go to Dover Air Force Base to take pictures of the dead heroes coming off the planes. Recently, Tim Russert asked the question of the president on Sunday's Meet the Press I guess a couple of weeks ago, he asked the president if it was worth the loss of life. That's not his question to ask. That's my question. That's my family's question. Not Tim Russert's question. And it's not to be asked of the president. My son joined the Army to do what he was supposed to do. I told the screener also, it just so happens my son's birthday is 9-11.

And then this exchange:
RUSH: Looking at the clock. No, if somebody were to ask you the question Russert asked Bush, what you say?

CALLER: Oh, absolutely, it was worth every bit. My son would have said the same thing. If the question -- to my mind, it's a question never should be asked for the simple reason, my son joined. Before he went in -- he went in July of 2001, so September 11th, he wasn't around. But after 2001 9-11, he knew what was going to happen. He knew he was going to Iraq.

RUSH: And to ask that question is to essentially dishonor the service of your son and people like him, correct?

CALLER: I don't hear anybody ask the question, are the soldiers killed in Afghanistan worth it? Could you honestly tell me how many people died in Afghanistan?

RUSH: No. But I'll tell you, the point is that asking the question in general is an insult and dishonors the families of people who lost people over there. I got to run, Ron, because of time. Thanks much.

I feel like I shouldn't be laughing.

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