I was into Friendster for about an hour once. Fun to try to look up old friends and to just see a collection of photos of current friends. The most joy I got out of it was to find out that two of my friends knew each other completely independent of me, and that wasn’t even exciting enough to blog. Now Google starts one of these damn sites and every one is falling all over themselves about it. I don’t get it, but I’m not single anymore either, and these seem to be a lot like reading the “I Saw Yous” in The Stranger. Though I do believe Google just throws stuff on the wall to see what sticks, I still think there are some an interesting theories about it, but my own take remains a lot less optimistic. Frankly, I can’t keep up with the friends I have, I don’t know why anyone wants more.

Ben (of Ben & Jerry’s) explains how we can fix problems in America without even denting our military defense. The most interesting part is that the US spends $40 billion on defense, but who are we defending ourselves from? Russia, our ally? They spend $7 billion. China, our most favored nation? They spend $5 billion. “Axis of Evil”? They spend less than $1 billion. Why do we spend so much on defense when we could be spending to educate our citizens? Oh… duh. Nevermind.

According to an MSNBC poll, “Forty-nine percent of registered voters chose Kerry, compared to 46 percent who re-elected Bush.” It’d be interesting if Kerry runs against Bush given that both were in the Skulls & Bones at Yale at the same time (and apparently didn’t like each other). There are some who believe that the US Presidents, among other positions of power, are chosen from this secret fraternity.

Do The Right Thing

David Kay resigned stating that there are no WMDs in Iraq and that Hussein was not pursuing them in the 1990s. What I just can’t understand is, given previous Presidents’ refusal to admit when they’re wrong and their downfalls, why can’t Bush just come out and admit they were wrong?

I don’t see how holding to their story is going to play out well for them, and it certainly doesn’t help the US internally or externally. And it sends a message that the US is a bunch of arrogant jerks. They should just admit they were wrong, explain the evidence they had that they refuse to make public, explain why they drew the conclusions they did and, the way the US is supposed to work, we’ll decide whether they were justified. And they should remember that they work for us, not the other way around.

Besides, it’s clear that although Hussein had no WMDs, he was in violation of Resolution 1441, which deserved some penalty from the UN. And he was a ruthless dictator who violated civil rights for many years. The UN has reason to do something about that too. Whether that penalty was removal from power or not, is a good question.

If Bush does the right thing, the world will respect him and his administration much more than if they stubbornly hold their ground. But most importantly, the US will look better in the eyes of the world and Americans can put their partisan animosity aside.

Update: On 2nd thought, I think the reason Bush can’t and won’t admit that their intelligence was wrong is because doing so would be admitting that our intelligence is unreliable. And if our intelligence is unreliable, then our nation is less secure than we think it is (and less than Bush wants us to think it is). And if our national security is weak then Bush will not be re-elected, given that that is his strongest point. And of course, he can’t just blame it on the CIA given how poorly that was received when he tried that in the past.

Now, let’s take the Occam’s razor approach and assume the simplest answer is the right answer, i.e., that Bush simply lied/mislead with no evidence whatsoever. Obviously, he can’t admit that.

In other words, Bush is between Iraq and a hard place. So his best option is to just hold tight and hope people forget. The sad thing is that he’s probably right — Americans tend to take the easy way out. Forgetting and ignoring is easy. Doing the right thing is hard.