31 July 2007

Would It Be So Wrong...



... to hope that John Roberts's epilepsy gets worse? Not enough to really hurt him, mind you, and nothing at all like Pat Robertson's praying for the death of Supreme Court Justices. Just, perhaps, inconvenience him enough to make him want to take an early retirement. Preferably in February of 2009.

And Since We're Talking Politics...

...I highly recommend this article by Gary Kamiya in Salon. This paragraph, in particular, is worth essential reading:

Most Americans now believe that Bush's decision to invade Iraq was a terrible mistake. They see that it has turned out badly, and think that it has made us less safe. But there is another, less discussed reason why the war was an act of madness: War always has unforeseen consequences. Making war is like playing dice with God -- using His dice. This is why war should always be a last resort. What's stunning about the Iraq war is that its architects not only ignored this obvious truth, but also ignored the consequences that could have been, and were, foreseeable. To start an unprovoked war on false pretenses and pie-in-the-sky promises of a vast regional transformation, besides being unethical, is an act of almost cosmic folly. To put it in Christian terms, it is the cardinal sin -- the sin of pride.

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

I guess it depends what happens in November 2008 whether we should hope for his retirement, doesn't it?

Sean said...

We don't need him to die or anything. But if he was permanently cerebrally impaired (and not just morally defective as he is now), that would be okay, right? He could leave the Court, do macramé, drool. Just as long as W doesn't get to replace him...

JoVE said...

Excellent. Nicely put.

knitnzu said...

What's scary? I kept looking at that pic thinking he looks so familiar...I think it's because my brother in law has similar eyes... and he's an attorney, and a republican!

Sam said...

Do you know anything about the September 15 March on Washington? That was supposed to be a date close to the joint chiefs report on the "surge."
Here's a link to one of the websites:

http://answer.pephost.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8515

We are a 6 hour drive from DC and are thinking about it.

I discovered your blog months ago now; really enjoy it. Cheers!

Carole Knits said...

Not wrong at all. So long as it's after January, 2009. :-)

The Mysterious K said...

I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one to have this very uncharitable thought when I heard about his seizure! TMK

Liz said...

Hm... I was thinking "seizures!" explained some of his legal arguments.

Re Iraq - I'm reminded of an NPR story years ago on the Norse sagas. The story was about how that society engaged in an enormous amount of warfare and violence, and that the sagas contain a lot of the horrible lessons learned: what happens to children raised without love, the whole notion of "berserker" as a trope for war itself taking on a life of its own that is beyond the control of anyone who had a hand in starting it. You'd think that a thousand years or two or three of history would teach us something.