From the Department of Good Things
entry is excellent. Money quote:
History may judge the attack on Iraq as anything from an idealistic liberation to crazed folly. But let's think for a moment about what's happened in the last 13 months solely from the perspective of the impact on U.S. and global security.
Since the United States and United Kingdom invaded Iraq, Libya has admitted to and voluntarily surrendered an atomic-weapons program that the world community did not know about. Pakistan has admitted to peddling atomic secrets, and presumably stopped. Pakistan's intelligence agency, the leading state supporter of Islamist fanatics, has stopped backing this movement. North Korea has admitted the true status of its atomic program. Iran has started talking honestly with the International Atomic Energy Agency about the true state of its nuclear facilities. All of these are huge advances for U.S. and global security. The ones that involve atomic threats may turn out--in terms of what doesn't happen--to mean more in the long run than what did happen on September 11.
Best part -- Ben-Veniste interrogates God:
As for Richard Ben-Veniste, his Know-It-All-In-Retrospect act at this point is insufferable, as is his open sneering at those who don't share his gift of retroactive clairvoyance. I imagine this would have happened if Ben-Veniste rather than Abraham had argued with God about the fate of Sodom:
BEN-VENISTE: Mr. God, isn't it true that before the creation, you received a memo saying that men would become wicked?
GOD: If I find at Sodom 50 righteous within the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.
BEN-VENISTE: According to the DDB, Divine Daily Brief, you were informed in advance about lack of righteousness, and yet still created humanity.
GOD: I will not destroy Sodom if I find 45 righteous there.
BEN-VENISTE: Why haven't all scrolls and vellum you received before the creation been declassified? What are you hiding?
GOD: For the sake of 40 righteous I will not do it.
BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it obvious you should have foreseen debauchery and licentiousness?
GOD: I will not do it if I find 30 righteous there.
BEN-VENISTE: Why wasn't more funding given to anti-sin programs?
GOD: For the sake of 20 righteous, I will not do it.
BEN-VENISTE: Mr. God, you claim to be all-knowing, yet the iniquity at Sodom was not prevented.
GOD: For the sake of 10 who are righteous, I will not destroy Sodom.
BEN-VENISTE: This witness is being evasive, He keeps changing numbers.
Read the whole thing.