Rich Cohen

Say what?

This drug for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is sorely needed. ADHD explains why few seem to challenge the call to continue the mission in Iraq, apparently forgetting that the mission has changed and no one is quite sure what it is now. It explains why after just 100 hours the first President Bush concluded the Persian Gulf War with Saddam Hussein still in power and his helicopters slaughtering rebellious Shiites and Kurds. And it explains why the Carter, Reagan and first Bush administrations so ardently supported Hussein and then — an administration later — made it U.S. policy to topple him. We were always forgetting the kind of guy he was.

ADHD also explains why we are still fighting in Afghanistan almost five years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that launched the war against the Taliban. It’s because our attention got diverted from the Afghanistan-based al-Qaeda, which had attacked us, to Iraq, which had not. Take two pills for this one.

Finally, ADHD explains — if anything possibly can — why the United States went into Iraq with virtually no idea of what to do the day after the war was essentially won. Not only did the United States lack the patience to do nation-building — what to do with the army, the police, the Baath Party? — but it would not even supply the troops to secure government offices and ministries. Widespread looting broke out; public property was not protected. “It is not exaggerating to say that the United States may have lost the war on the very day it took Baghdad, April 9, 2003,” writes Peter W. Galbraith in his forthcoming book, “The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End.”

Aren’t we winning this war? Aren’t we only 3 years in? Don’t the Iraqis have a new government? And 3 different elections? What am I missing?
(need to get back to my first day of work, so will end this now. May return later for further comment, but basically, hear my scream into the room and read for yourself this column on ADHD and this administration and the war and us)


Land re-distribution is now going on in Bolivia from the rich to the poor. With the poor feeling entitlements and just taking it in some cases. In other parts, Zimbabwe is trying to return some land to the previous white farmers who, (cough, cough) no longer trust the govt to allow them to keep any new property that may be handed over.
Private property is pretty sacrosanct. (are you listening Kelo abusers?). Not sure what the answer is when there have been past abuses to get the property in the first place. But takings only leaves a govt without the trust of the people who tend to be the stabilizers of the country. Property owners. Perhaps a long term program of buying off estates as current land holders pass on or want to sell. …….


Al Gore won’t endorse Lieberman in his re-election campaign. What a hack. Joe must be disappointed with himself that he was ever convinced to run with that piece of …….well, nevermind.

Catching Up

Three weeks is a loooong time! Let’s see if I’ve caught up appropriately. Add to this list if you see something I’ve missed.
In no particular order:

1) Zarqawi killed!! Yeah!!!. I was in a bar in Montrose and saw Nick Berg being shown above the glasses from across the room. An inquiry let me know about this one before going through a whole 3 week’s camping trip. Now Power Line is seeing others claiming we’re the ones who made Zarqawi who is was anyway. Lay them to waste Scott!

2) Haditha. Still sad news but not a coverup. Captain Ed has the update.

3) The President’s trip to Iraq. Oh brother. Apparently that was a big msm story.

4.) Mogadishu now run by Islamists. (no worries, the UN is on it)

5) Roy Robison gets some recognition as documents found with and around Zarqawi are found.

6) The Jawa Report has been attacked, again. You know you’re good when they keep shutting you down.

7) My mother won Best Watercolor in Boulder Art Association/Longmont Artist Guild’s 2006 show! She’s awesome!

Anything else big out there?