Thursday, January 11, 2007

A few quick items

  • The need of certain center-Left pundits to be suspicious of "certainty" -- especially with respect to Iraq -- is now forcing other center-Left pundits to include disclaimers in their articles. For example, Jonathan Chait writes:
    On the other hand, I would suggest that there's not anything wrong with being certain, either. I'm not sure that Jason was implying that anybody who has made up their mind about Iraq before listening to President Bush's speech has rushed to judgment. If he was, I disagree.
    It's at least nice to know that not everyone has elevated the fundamental attribution error into the central pillar of his or her political thought.

  • Here is one of Senator Barrack Obama's comments about President Bush's speech last night:
    "We're not going to baby sit a civil war," Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told NBC's "Today" Show. He said the Democratic-controlled Congress would not undercut troops already in Iraq but would explore ways to restrict the president from expanding the mission.
    It's somewhat surprising to see the Democratic Party's frontrunner for the 2008 Presidential nomination so easily infantilizing a nation of people who look differently and believe differently than he does.


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