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The withdrawal of a certain great power could drastically reduce the foreign money flow, and knock the crippled economy flat."If the commanders on the ground said this [increase in troop strength] is just for a short period of time, we'll go along with that," said Reid, D-Nev., citing a time frame such as two months to three months.But a period of 18 months to 24 months would be too long, he said.
Estimates vary, but one from Global Insight puts GDP growth at 17 percent last year and projects 13 percent for 2006.
If this dude, simply because he's coming out in favor of The Long War, is now of the Extreme Right Wing Crazies something really wrong has happened to the def'n of right and left(somebody's parrallax filter is busted and it ain't mine). by ry on December 19, 2006 AM Okay, read the Kaplan story. "Anyone who's watched a presidential debate knows how useless they are for deciding our country's direction.
OSC is the modern day Scoop Jackson---he's an anti-anti-communist without being a communist enabler so to speak. The coming presidential primary season, which will stretch for more than a year, will be the scene of multi-candidate cattle calls in which entrants will moo canned messages, spring scripted attacks, ignore interlocutors' questions and declare inevitable victories." I agree with this point. That's something we largely agree on around here I thought.
But what would a national debate on anything really look like? Presidential candidates staking out positions, and critics taking them on? Magazines and journals offering thoughtful, conflicting takes? Imagine if journalism consisted of more than a collage of conflicting talking points.
How would it be any different from what we're already doing now? Senators and representatives making floor speeches? Imagine the difference it would make if more brand-name reporters broke from the bizarre straitjacket of "balance," which equates fairness with putting all disputants on equal epistemological footing, no matter how deceitful or moronic they may be.
By Martin Kaplan, MARTIN KAPLAN is associate dean of the USC Annenberg School, where he directs the Norman Lear Center (learcenter.org).