To Mr. Wright's article.




1. When the Walter Reed scandal hit the fan, there were lots of crocodile tears on the part of Bush and his allies, some high-profile firings, and the usual pledges to see to it that "our boys" get the best care possible, and so blah. But the truth was revealed in a story in Salon by Mark Benjamin, who revealed how many injured soldiers and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — known as "shell shock" or "battle fatigue" in earlier wars — were ruthlessly being shipped back to the Iraqi maelstrom, with little concern about their well-being or the safety of their fellow legionaries forced to deal with their deficiencies.

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2. It's ironic that Gonzales may well be forced to resign for this sort of piddly thing, while getting away scot free for:

His written opinion renouncing the Geneva Convention's provisions against the abuse of civilian populations in occupied territories as "quaint" and obsolete;

His horrifying declaration that torture isn't really torture unless it results in death or pain equal to the destruction of a major organ;

His blessing on imprisoning U.S. citizens without warrants or charges and without habeas corpus; or

His carrying out of illegal warrantless wiretapping, apparently against political enemies of the Bush Regime. And then lying about it to Congress.

Gonzales has been Bush's facilitator for the biggest single assault on what's left of the Constitution since Franklin "Court Packer" Roosevelt.

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3. For a small glimpse of the horror, take a look at a piece by Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher, "Sorry We Shot Your Kid, but Here's $500," which details the penny-pinching of the Imperial Legions in "compensating" Iraqis for the deaths of their loved ones at the hands of U.S. troops.

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4. Apparently, the "gun lobby" is much more fearsome than the lobby of a certain Gallant Ally of ours in the Middle East. At least, one could get that impression from comparing the respective numbers of stories and the general level of tsk-tsking about each in Minitrue's organs.

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5. The best thing to come out of the Imus non-issue was the injury of the governor of New Jersey in a car accident. Jon Corzine was speeding in an SUV driven by a state trooper, on his way to facilitate a groveling apology by Imus to the offended Rutgers women's basketball team. The gov's SUV was forced off the road at over 90 mph when some hapless peasant accidentally got in the way.

The governor wound up with a broken leg, 12 cracked ribs, a busted sternum, and a fractured vertebra. Why all the damage? Because he wasn't wearing his seat belt. Isn't that enough to get him impeached nowadays? Meanwhile, the New Jersey state cops — infamous for their persecution of ordinary motorists infringing the speed limits and seat-belt laws — still insist that careening along public highways at breakneck speeds, scattering taxpayers right and left, is the best way to keep His Lordship safe. I swear, you couldn't make this stuff up.

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