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Where did this phantom January 11 Morning News come from?

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 6:09 AM

Ah, it's supposed to be dated January 12th and is in the wrong spot.

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 6:12 AM

It certainly seems that the chaos of Iraq is providing the administration with a mask to cover its new shadowy wars in places like Somalia and now Iran.

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 7:10 AM

U.S. air attack in Somalia missed
al Qaeda suspects

Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Friday, January 12, 2007

"(01-12) 04:00 PST Nairobi, Kenya -- None of the three most-wanted al Qaeda suspects believed to be hiding inside southern Somalia was killed by a U.S. air strike earlier this week, a senior U.S. official here said Thursday."

"But Somali government officials and witnesses claim scores of civilians have been killed by continuing air strikes in more than half a dozen villages around southern Somalia, with reports of new strikes as late as Wednesday. U.S. officials said operations to capture or kill the three al Qaeda suspects will continue. Five U.S. naval ships have been dispatched to the region.

Posted by patrick C | January 12, 2007 8:18 AM

Hey Dan,
I was just reading your wikipedia bio and it says you support sending more troops to Iraq. I had a hard time believing this based on some of your musings here. Is this incorrect?

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 8:26 AM

All this Iran talk makes me wonder what we've been planning regarding the MEK fighters that are "under protection" at Camp Ashraf, possibly being retrained. That Raw Story link from last Spring suggests they were already being run in southern Iran. I guess that would have to be completely under the radar, since the group still has terrorist organization status. I certainly wouldn't be surprised if we've got them out there as a preparation force.

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 8:51 AM

My wiki is way outdated. Won't someone please update it? I would but that seems to... vain.

Here's a piece I wrote in August of 2005—I reversed myself before Murtha did.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 12, 2007 9:21 AM

And, yes, it's all my fault, and I feel terrible about it—and, no, I'm not being ironic. I'm very, very Catholic, and do feel it's all my fault.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 12, 2007 9:24 AM

Passive-aggressiveness aside, it is kind of disappointing to read the things you've written about Iraq.

Posted by Boomer | January 12, 2007 9:26 AM


Posted by Dan Savage | January 12, 2007 9:52 AM

Dan, you've had the decency to recant earlier positions on the war and you've been a vocal critic since then, unlike many Bush lackies who not only support him still but are now raring for Iran. Having said that, I went back earlier today and re-read your pre-war/pro-war article from Oct 2002 for the first time, and it is pretty striking how poorly it's aged. You're basically making fun of the war protesters and lecturing them about how great the war will be, and how post-war Iraqi society will be just like post-WWII Japan. I went on one of the marches from Westlake to the Federal Building before the war, and I was shocked how few people there were - maybe a few hundred. And if a prominent lefty like you, in a position of power at The Stranger, had been more stridently anti-war then maybe it would've been different (not that Bush listened anyway). But you've admitted you were wrong, and anyone who still holds it against you when you've already made public recantations is just being a dick. You're a force for good.

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 9:55 AM

And I don't think there's anything wrong with editing your own wikipedia entry if you are editing factual errors.

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 10:06 AM

"...a prominent lefty like you, in a position of power at The Stranger..."

really? lefty???

I am really confused here...all of the red state/ blue state, leftie/rightie, liberal / conservative jargon has become completely meaningless.

So, did Dan the leftie attend any of the anti-escalation rallys yesterday or hasn't his conversion from pro to anti war activist progressed that far?

I was there with Code Pink wome for peace...and I met and spoke with many concerned parents who fear for their childrens future.

Posted by patrick C | January 12, 2007 10:07 AM

Another thing about all this Iran talk. If Iran does happen, it's not going to be the kind of build-up we saw before Iraq, with administration officials pleading the case before the UN, Nato, our allies, the congress and the general public. They will just do it, and possibly already are. I wouldn't be surprised, what with the 2008 election being anybody's guess, if the administration is taking an attitude of "we have two years to do as much as possible, whatever it takes."

Posted by Gabriel | January 12, 2007 10:20 AM

Dan, using any perspective and hindsight to you might have, why did you support the war?

Posted by golob | January 12, 2007 10:20 AM

Y o u see what happens when you get communism the way China invisioned it? what you get is this Dystopia in China.
So maybe were supposed to have many children in our families.
Will the Church be right? Is this another argument against abortion to use as weight?( oh and I am sort of ProChoice, but I'm not a hundred percent scientifically sure of yet)
Which kind of system is better politics like Communism or Capitolism?
These questions arise because it is our qhatever God you believe in right for Science and Evolution of Mankind to weigh these issues before its to late. whew before I blow a Engine.

Man I feel for those guys. Maybe you American women can have a chance to meet some men over there. This will surelly up the Anti that Capitolism is better socially than Communism.
I've been to Japan , and besides the Japanese business man theres a whole lot of fun in traveling , mixing it up with the loacal yolkos and having a good time. Oh I forgot Japans Shinto Capitolist...... theres plenty of woman there already making lots of money. Better for everyone.... mixed races. Evolution taught us that.
peace De Resistanze

Posted by sputnik | January 12, 2007 10:52 AM

Does anyone else think "Demetrius Fingers" is, like, the BEST name for a villain EVER?

Posted by Baxter | January 12, 2007 10:53 AM

Anyone's who's read "The Commitment" can tell you that Dan is no lefty. Funny, yes. Gay, maybe. Lefty, no.

Posted by DOUG. | January 12, 2007 11:03 AM

oh yeah, and by the way #4Patric C
there are no civilians left on this planet. everyones involved someway or some form. From sea to shining sea.
Oh yeah the shining. great movie. That kid had a premonition and the shining protected him, even though it scared the crap out of him.
We don't have to stop trying to have someones back in a fight. We just know we are responsible when we feel the deconnection from reality.huaargh!
I wrote that in my soldier mind while I was overseas.http
Its not our fault it was on the News.

Posted by sputnik | January 12, 2007 11:04 AM

I don't know how Dan would identify himself politically, but he certainly has some progressive beliefs. I do think that the term "libertarian" gets over-used. People tend to use it to describe a person who has some liberal and some conservative beliefs, which is different. I think almost everyone has some mix. True libertarians are probably quite rare.

Posted by Gabriel | January 13, 2007 8:06 AM

Great site!

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