Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Iran, Burt, Krugman and Thompson's war claim

Why Bush won't attack Iran:Despite saber-rattling, and the Washington buzz that a strike is coming, the president doesn't intend to bomb Iran. Cheney may have other ideas. By Steven Clemons, in Salon.

It's not just Honey, profile of Burt's Bees, in the New York Times. As expected, there hasn't been a 'Burt' in the company for many, many years, and he wasn't much a part anyway...just a face. And he lived in Maine, not the company's North Carolina headquarters.

Introducing this blog, Paul Krugman's Conscience of a Liberal, in the New York Times. Check out the chart on the rich/poor ratio in America in the last century:
The middle-class society I grew up in didn’t evolve gradually or automatically. It was created, in a remarkably short period of time, by FDR and the New Deal. As the chart shows, income inequality declined drastically from the late 1930s to the mid 1940s, with the rich losing ground while working Americans saw unprecedented gains.

The Washington Post factchecks Fred Thompson's claim that "it doesn't take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people's liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world." and finds:
Even if the Soviet Union [which suffered 8 million casualties in WWII] is not included in the calculation, U.S. military casualties in all wars combined remain lower than those of the British Commonwealth ("a combination of nations," in Thompson's phrase) in World War I and World War II.


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