Jesse KornBluth - Swami Uptown

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Thought for the Week

During my time in the camps, I had got to know the enemies of the human race quite well: they respect the big fist and nothing else; the harder you slug them, the safer you will be.


--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Liar of the Week

Gosh, there were so many to choose from. But in the end, it has to be someone on the White House team. In this case, Condi Rice:

The fact of the matter is that when we were attacked on September 11, we had a choice to make. We could decide that the proximate cause was al Qaeda and the people who flew those planes into buildings and, therefore, we would go after al Qaeda ... or we could take a bolder approach.

How do I know she's lying? First, because whenever anyone says 'the fact of the matter' (or even: 'to be perfectly honest') he/she is about to lie. Second, because this explanation for the invasion of Iraq gives the Bush team a character trait it is not known for: subtlety.

One little problem: These are not chess players. They are 350-pound nose tackles.

Still, in this case, it's a lot better to lie, I guess, than to tell the truth. That would just encourage the terrorists.

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