The most vindictive bloggers and many others eager to push the mainstream media, established politicians or other remnants of the status quo off a stage that they want to occupy smash reputations with abandon to call attention to themselves. What do they have to lose in the unpoliced badlands of the ether? They contribute to a general deepening of cynicism in the land at no perceived cost to themselves.
Here's Jim (I SHOULD NOT BE CRITICIZED BY HATEFUL BLOGGERS) in April 2001:
Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice seem to be approaching the Iraq review with open minds. That goads the partisans into stepping up the skirmishing and the leaking, which by past Washington standards is still embryonic.
But the working groups (the other two cover economic sanctions and the no-flight zones over Iraq policed by U.S. and British planes) will provide excellent platforms for stealth assaults unless Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Ms. Rice get more of a handle on where the review is going.
Unidentified State Department officials have followed up an energetic trashing of the existing sanctions regime in the press with a campaign of character assassination aimed at Saddam's opponents, who are largely guilty of being friends of the diplomats' enemies at the Pentagon.
The Los Angeles Times on March 19 quoted anonymous U.S. and Arab diplomats and others as having called Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress, "a crook" and a sponge who is hopeless when it comes to managing money.
Left out were Mr. Chalabi's Ph.D. in mathematics and other graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his success in founding an Amman bank that was expropriated and looted by the government of Jordan on trumped up charges of embezzlement, and his sacrifice of most of his fortune so that he can risk his life to fight Saddam.
Also left out was the salient fact that Mr. Chalabi has become the bête noire of the CIA and its friends at the State Department. He publicized the intelligence agency's gross failures in Iraq. A serious Iraq review would begin with a serious look at why and how the CIA fell on its face in Iraq under Bill Clinton.
Mr. Chalabi is a dedicated advocate of democracy who does fight against enormous military odds and deep religious and social divisions in the Arab world. A policy review dedicated to trashing him and other exiles is a shameful and self-defeating way to begin anew on Iraq. It is a phony way to argue that nothing can or should be done to oust the predatory psychopath who holds Iraq hostage.
OH MY GAWD!
How can ANYONE so abysmally, laughably, shit-facedly, wrong STILL DRAW A PAYCHECK let alone criticize those now criticizing him?
I'm not criticizing you Jim, I'm laughing in your sausage-stuffing face.