Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Wolfowitz Domino Theory to Defense of Bush Deficit

For those of you that don't know, Instapundit is one of the founding fathers of political blogs. Check out his blog if you have time, but if you're going to pick between the two of us on a limited schedule pick his for thoughtful content and mine for leisure reading with a little spice. As I wrote before, one of my good friends from policy school, JB, would argue with me when the Iraqi war started that Bush should stop this BS about WMD and just come out and say that they want to plant America's flag in the Middle East and let U.S. democracy spread. I would reply and say, "Do you really think they can come out and say it to the world?" Anyway, I guess democracy is already spreading and seeds are being sown:


DAMASCUS, Syria - More than half a million Syrians demanded political and economic reform in a petition to be handed to President Bashar Assad, a human rights group said Saturday.

Some 600,000 citizens, including intellectuals, lawyers and human rights activists, have already signed the document, the Committees for the Defense of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria said.

As they say: faster, please.

posted at 10:57 AM by Glenn Reynolds

THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW BLOG is defending the Bush Administration against charges of record deficits: "As a percentage of the gross domestic product -- which many economists consider a better measure than simple dollar amounts -- the currently projected deficit, at 4.2 percent according to the Congressional Budget Office or 4.5 percent according to the Bush administration, is equal to or smaller than those recorded in six years during the 1980s and 1990s."

I'd still slash nondefense spending if it were up to me, but this is useful perspective.

posted at 09:38 AM by Glenn Reynolds

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