Tuesday the Wall Street Journal published its paper edition in a new format while rolling out many new features on its Internet edition. What's interesting is the reciprocal influence of the new print format with the Internet edition. Its like the print edition is where things are sketched in an owner's manual and the details are online. I will need some play time to learn what is happening with the online journals new complexity.
Developments in Washington DC are discouraging. President Bush seems bent on playing out the clock, as Keith Olbermann says, with another troop surge in Iraq. The war in Iraq has gone bad because the Administration which is filled with people who found ways not to serve in Vietnam has no idea how to fight a war. They made war with inadequate plans for what to do after the war. They used too few troops. They didn't destroy the munitions. They have been behind the curve on armor. They shoveled billions to their buddies for questionable reconstruction projects. They lied to the American people. Now the administration wants to throw more troops from a line already stretched too thin into the tribal warfare that Iraq has become under our tutelage.
Some times statistical facts are seen in isolation and need more information for clarity. Every time I hear some one mention the datum about "no new refineries" it reminds me that on the same site where my city has paid for clean up of an old refinery a new refinery has been built slowly over the last decade just to the north of the refinery being decommissioned. Not only is it new, its bigger and better than the old pile of corroding pipes. One understands "No new refineries have been built" if they understand that the capacity of old refineries has been increased.