Monthly Archives: May 2004

America’s Squandered Moral Authority

In History lesson: GOP must stop Bush, Carl Bernstein writes,
Today, the United States is confronted by another ill-considered war, conceived in ideological zeal and pursued with contempt for truth, disregard of history and an arrogant assertion of American power that has stunned and alienated much of the world, including traditional allies. At a juncture in [...]

Nigritude Ultramarine

Some unthinking person playing the Nigritude Ultramarine search engine optimization competition link-spammed KaminskiWiki. It was a hit-and-run job, dropping links to their site into the SandBox page, shotgunned in four different wiki syntaxes . (Interestingly enough, had the spammer started a new and interesting page about “Nigritude Ultramarine,” I might have let it [...]

Blo(g|ck) Party

Seeing Rebecca Ryan’s post about the virtues of having a physical front porch reminded me of the cool intertwingled set of Ton, Dina, Brandon and me (via Seb) talking about blogs as front porches. It makes Eileen Foley’s Porch culture diffusion index seem s p o o k y.
I don’t know [...]

A Vacuum of Responsible Leadership

The real horror of Abu Ghraib, beyond the abuse that the prisoners suffered, beyond the utter objectification of the victims, is that the United States — yes, you and me — fostered an environment in which those things could occur and flourish — regardless of whether it did so with outright intent, or by haphazard [...]

A Fish Smells From The Head

A damning observation, and a pretty good encapsulation of the outcome of “arrant indifference” to the spirit of democracy at the top:
“The crimes in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere are not comparable to My Lai in Vietnam or other atrocities committed in the heat of battle by terrified GIs and inadequate officers. They were born of [...]

The Moral Stature Of The U.S. Military

Because of the allegations and evidence of abuse at Abu Ghraib, the moral stature of the U.S. military, and by extension the United States itself, is at stake. It’s hard to say something can be more sickening than the activities depicted in the pictures themselves, but I think shirking responsibility for what happened and [...]