I stayed in bed pretty much the whole day. I just streamed on the laptop. I watched Ironman and this really cool Charlize Theron action film. I really liked that. It had some great stunts. Ironman? I'd seen it before. It's okay.
Byron Williams has a pretty good column on Iraq today at the Mercury News and I'll note this from it:
With the exception that Saddam was a bad person, every preliminary reason for a pre-emptive invasion was proved false, more than 4,400 Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice, along with countless Iraqis, and it has cost America $750 billion, slightly more than the bailout for banks, insurers and automakers -- and we don't know how we got there?
Moreover, a search for a collective truth does not diminish the valiant service of those placed in harm's way. Shouldn't we know whether the demonstration of their valor was based on a legitimate threat or that they were simply used as pawns to misdirect important questions?
How many times were questions about Iraq policy rebutted with the suggestion that the one asking the question did not support the troops?
But in a search for the truth, Democrats would not come out unscathed. In 2002, just before the Senate was to vote on the resolution to go to war, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who was then-Senate Intelligence Committee chair, urged his Democratic colleagues to read the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) before casting their votes.
According to the NIE, the Bush administration was guilty of 935 false statements in the run up to the war. How could senators vote in favor of going to war based on information with that many inconsistencies? The better question might be, how many Democrats actually read the NIE after Graham's behest?
Why did Congress use more due diligence investigating former President Bill Clinton's Christmas card list than it did conducting hearings in the run-up to invading Iraq?
And that's really all I can manage tonight. I'm about to fall asleep. I usually hang out at Elaine's office on Thursday nights while she does her vets group. But I didn't want to get anyone sick and I was so tired anyway so I just stayed home and even so I'm about to fall over. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"