The New York Times leads with the story, “Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.”
During the Clinton years, Jocelyn Elders got canned for recommending masturbation as giving some enjoyment without unwelcome consequences, such as undesired pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases. This recollection of Elders’ fate made me wonder how many of Bush’s grotesque policies were merely an extension of the sort of things corporate-driven liberals, such as Clinton were already doing. Clinton stepped up the bombing of Iraq. Clinton attacked Serbia, much to the delight of many well-intentioned Democrats, even though the US put stipulations on the negotiations with Serbia that left that militarily weak nation no choice but to reject them — for example, as I recall, the right of other nations’ military forces to have the free right of passage through the country.
Now, the answer to Bush’s war is to retreat to the permanent bases in Iraq, so that the US can control the country with bombs dropped from altitudes, just as Clinton was doing without the convenience of bases in the country.