RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 16:35:02 GMT

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    <<Slowly, the Bush administration is beginning to see the inconsistencies
    drawbacks of their actions: yesterday, unidentified Whote House 'sources'
    conceded that the US actions in Afghanistan haven't 'won the war on

    Bush said this repeatedly from day one.

    << Next, I hope, will come the recognition that when something
    fails, doing it harder is not the answer. And then perhaps there will be a
    willingness to think about terrorism intelligently and to design policies
    and actions that will defuse it. But I think it will be several months
    before we get to this point.>>

    I'm astounded that anyone could consider the battle we just won in
    Afghanistan a failure. We killed thousands of enemy soldiers, destroyed all
    their bases, and gathered tons of intelligence. What can you be thinking?

    <<Also, in the category of the Bush administration calming down and coming
    its senses, it has now conceded that missile attacks from 'rogue states' are
    not the greatest military danger to the US, but that low-grade terrorist
    attacks (e.g. trucks a la Oklahoma city) are. Some analysts have been
    arguing this for months (and some years) and it is nice to see some

    Second time you've used the word "concede" as if everybody didn't know this
    from day one.

    <<The Bush adminsitration understood little of the
    US role internationally, and next to nothing about the Middle East.>>

    With Powell, Rumsfeld, and Bush Sr. in the camp, I doubt there has ever been
    an Administration with better understanding.

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