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Friday, January 20, 2006

A random thought about timing

We've all heard the 'timing is everything' expression. It's also discussed in Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and many other discussions of strategy. It is not only a strategic tool, but can indicate much about motive. For example, a sudden move in one direction may be a diversion from something else, not a real interest in going in the new direction.

So, I'm thinking about timing today. Last month Iraq had it's 'historic' elections, and of course nothing changed. Americans are increasingly disenchanted with the Iraq war and war on terror in general. Sure, it's largely the fault of Bush and his inability to actually make any progress in a war he started, as well as the cost to the entire nation. But loss of support is not new in this arena.

However, last week we had the 'I-word' (Impeachment) come from the mouth of a Republican over the NSA spying on citizens felony. And suddenly, this week, we have 1) a renewed health care concern for the State of the Union address, 2) a supboena of Google's search records under a law already declared unconstitutional, 3) Gonzales addressing the nation today about terrorism, and 4) the announced arrest of 11 terrorists in the Northwest (ECO-terrorists mind you - not the kind Bush is after - but now defined as terrorists none the less so that they could find some).

To me this is reminiscent of the magician throwing up his hands and releasing a flock of birds from his sleeves so that you're distracted from what his hands are doing. So keep you eyes on the spying issue. The rest is merely smoke up your hiney.

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