Yes, I get it. Everyone is a sheep except you.
You know, I think there is a more important dividing line than that between conservative or democrat, or statist and libertarian. I often find that the most important thing you can know about someone politically is whether they consider the average voter an uniformed boob who is either villanously bamboozled by the elite or heroically led by the avant garde, or whether they think the average person is pretty smart, pragmatic, and able to make pretty good informed choices about what is important in their lives.
Republicans convinced that Clinton hypnotized the voters, Democrats convinced that Bush is a Hitler-like demogogue…these are typically the people with the most dangerous political views. Why? Because they fundamentally do not believe in democracy. People who believe that voters are sheep are willing to use dirty tricks, lie, cheat, steal, and in extreme cases engage in genocide to get their political agenda enacted.
How exactly is this memo fundamentally different that what Bush says in public? I know some people have the impression that Bush gave the impression that the invasion of Iraq would be easy. But hasn’t he said that it would be difficult and dangerous, but worth it?
And the metrics issue. Well, what is the objection there? Do YOU have good metrics on whether we are winning or losing the War On Terror ™? No, you just have a subjective opinion, like everyone else. Right now the media is focusing on US bodycounts as a metric for whether the war is going well. But is that a reliable metric? Obviously not.
I still don’t understand why people think the memo is something they can use to beat up the Bush administration. Unless the leak was planned, Bush’s biggest problem is that his people can’t keep their mouths shut to the press. Is that good or bad?