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Friday, May 30, 2003
A group of ex-spooks who are alarmed at the Bush administration's intelligence policy is called--get ready--Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

When former CIA agents are like, "Dude, you're NUTS!" you might have a problem. Apparently the intelligence community (ed: doesn't that seem like an oxymoron?) has begun "refer[ring] contemptuously to recent work as 'rumint,' or rumor intelligence." Ahem.

Meanwhile in the "why'd-we-go-to-war-again?" front, Paul Krugman relays the following quote from the Financial Times:

White House sources confirm that the decision to go to war was reached in December: "A tin-pot dictator was mocking the president. It provoked a sense of anger inside the White House," a source told the newspaper.

Argh. You cannot make foreign policy based on anger. It just doesn't work that way. It's not about you, George, or Donald or Dick or whoever, it's about all of us. Everyone. And when it comes to foreign policy, it's about everyone in the world, for better or worse. I mean, if you justify trampling over the diplomatic goodwill of our allies by saying that we don't care about the rest of the world, then you can't care if they think you're a pussy. And you can't fucking bomb a country because their leader is making fun of you. GO READ SOME MAX WEBER, YOU ASSHOLES!

Uh, what was I saying about anger again?