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Thoughts on the Israeli/Lebanon Crisis
Bob Murphy 2006-07-26 16:00
Exclusive to STR In fields such as physics or mathematics, you need to spend a good chunk of your lifetime just studying and understanding everyone else's contributions. Then and only then are you qualified to contribute your own ideas to the literature. There would be no point in simply repeating someone else's argument or insight, except insofar as you expressed it more clearly for students...
Bush Would've Invaded Anyway
Bob Murphy 2005-12-14 17:00
Exclusive to STR In an unusual Q&A session following a recent speech, George Bush repeated the position he has taken ever since his Administration officially acknowledged that its primary justification for invading Iraq (i.e. stockpiles of WMD ) turned out to be bogus: 'I made a tough decision,' Bush said. 'And knowing what I know today I'd make the decision again. Removing Saddam Hussein...
Why Is the Drug Market Violent?
Bob Murphy 2005-04-24 16:00
In the debate over drug legalization, it is now a standard argument to point out that the violence associated with black markets (e.g. drug gangs using drive-by shootings against their rivals) is not due to the nature of the product itself, but rather to its prohibition by the government. The single best evidence for this claim is that gangsters such as Al Capone killed each other over alcohol...
Thoughts on the "Transfer of Sovereignty"
Bob Murphy 2004-07-06 16:00
Well, the Bush Administration may have finally done something smart in Iraq : By 'transferring sovereignty' to the Iraqis two days ahead of schedule, it's possible that they thwarted the plans of terrorists who were planning something huge for June 30 (the previously announced date). If such terrorists were as surprised by the announcement as I was, they might have cancelled their plans since...
A Connecticut Yankee in King George"s Court
Bob Murphy 2004-06-02 16:00
For my recent birthday'yes, I happily accept belated presents'my brother sent me a collection of essays and fiction excerpts entitled Mark Twain on the Damned Human Race (New York: Hill and Wang). Apart from the joy of reading someone as sarcastic and self-righteous as myself, I found Twain's essays quite interesting in their portrayal of the imperialist United States . Twain's commentary may...
Minerva, Epilogue
Bob Murphy 2004-04-26 16:00
I hope you enjoyed this rough cut of Minerva. For your convenience, the entire draft is available in PDF form here. Please let your friends and acquaintances know about it if they might be interested. And now down to business: If any person or group PayPal's me an advance of $50,000, then I will sign a contract promising to deliver the full-length sequel to Minerva within three...
Minerva, Chapter 43
Bob Murphy 2004-04-22 16:00
Forty-Three 'Hey Jack,' Dan said to Quinn. 'What the hell . . . .' Quinn said. 'There was a loose wall panel,' Dan explained. 'Well,' Quinn said, 'I'm sorry kid, but I've got to turn around. Your mom would kill me if I took you on this run.' * * * 'A hit,' the operator announced. Yet another incoming missile had been successfully intercepted at sea. 'How long till our jets can fire...
Minerva, Chapter 42
Bob Murphy 2004-04-21 16:00
Forty-Two President Anthony Black hurled his coffee mug at the wall. Did they think he wouldn't have the balls to do it? Black calmed himself and sat back at his desk. Especially after the briefing, Black was sure that there was simply no other option. Still, killing anywhere from 500,000 to two million people was not something done lightly. Black didn't care about the whining marchers...
Minerva, Chapter 41
Bob Murphy 2004-04-20 16:00
Forty-One 'Hey, do you know if Jennifer Heyden is working tonight?' Matt asked the pretty waitress as she brought his drink. 'Sorry, don't know her,' she replied. Matt gulped from his beer. He had done nothing but drink and snort since the others had left the night before. 'So what's up with this blockade?' the comic asked from the stage. 'I mean, I can buy a lobster dinner, but I can't...
Minerva, Chapter 40
Bob Murphy 2004-04-19 16:00
Forty 'So that's where we stand,' Peckard said to the other Trust board members. 'With their stepped up patrols, we run out of fuel reserves in fifteen days if we do nothing.' Ribald stared at the table in front of him. He couldn't bring himself to look at Peckard. 'And the thing with China . . . ?' Kennedy hoped. 'The thing with China ,' Peckard said, 'fell through when the U.S. fleet...
Minerva, Chapter 39
Bob Murphy 2004-04-18 16:00
Matt sauntered back to the table, a wide smile on his face. 'I just took,' he announced, 'the smoothest shit that has ever been moved by a bowel.' 'Glad to hear it,' Jim said. 'How many sheets of toilet paper?' Nook inquired. 'My friends,' Matt said, 'in this case, wiping was a mere formality.' * * * 'All I'm saying,' Jim said, 'is that I'd be embarrassed.' 'So let me get this...
Minerva, Chapter 38
Bob Murphy 2004-04-15 16:00
Thirty-Eight 'How many times do I have to tell you,' Ribald said, 'Chairman Peckard is unavailable. I have assumed his duties, so you can tell me whatever it is you want to tell him.' Black leaned back in his chair. Could one of the special ops boys have gotten a lucky break? Probably not. Maybe Peckard had just had a heart attack from the stress. 'Very well,' Black said. 'I have a...
Minerva, Chapter 37
Bob Murphy 2004-04-14 16:00
Thirty-Seven 'You have no respect for me, do you?' Novak asked, after the others had gone to bed. 'I have treated you with the utmost courtesy,' Mason replied. 'Plenty of thinkers have been Christian,' Novak said. 'Are they all fools as well?' 'But they kept it separate!' Mason said. If Novak wanted to hear it, Mason wouldn't spare him the truth. 'I respect an Einstein because of his...
Minerva, Chapter 36
Bob Murphy 2004-04-13 16:00
Thirty-Six 'Thank you for the critique of our current policy,' the senator from Iowa said. 'And now, Mr. O'Toole, perhaps you could offer this committee some constructive suggestions?' 'That's why I'm here,' O'Toole said. The room laughed. 'First and most important,' O'Toole began, 'the Black Administration must retake the moral initiative. Too many people, even in the First World...
Minerva, Chapter 35
Bob Murphy 2004-04-12 16:00
Thirty-Five 'How many jets could they possibly have?' Black asked. 'It's hard to say, Mr. President,' General Merton answered. (Riggs had been sacked after the Hopper fiasco.) 'Could be anywhere from 500 to 2,500.' 'Too many for a direct assault,' Black decided. The public would tolerate a lot at the moment, but not the sudden loss of dozens of pilots or more. 'Fuel is still their...
Minerva, Chapter 34
Bob Murphy 2004-04-11 16:00
Thirty-Four 'Well?' Tara asked as her husband emerged from his study. 'Hard to say,' O'Toole admitted. 'What does that mean?' Tara asked. 'Either Danny raped her or he didn't.' 'Tara , please calm down,' O'Toole said. 'He's really mixed up. Of course he doesn't think he did'he said he was shocked by the charge.' 'So he didn't rape her,' Tara said. 'Well . . . .' 'Well what?' Tara...
Minerva, Chapter 33
Bob Murphy 2004-04-08 16:00
Thirty-Three 'That's not good,' Matt said, peering through the binoculars. He could just make out the Navy destroyer. 'Mayday mayday,' Quinn said into the microphone, not knowing if this were the correct terminology but feeling the situation to be an emergency. 'I've got someone right on my ass; do you guys see him?' 'We are aware of the bogey,' the speaker informed the men. 'It is the U.S...
Minerva, Chapter 32
Bob Murphy 2004-04-07 16:00
Thirty-Two 'The next issue,' boomed the moderator, 'is the situation with Minerva. If elected, how would your administration handle the lawless island? Senator Stumpel, it's your turn to start.' 'The unfortunate situation with Minerva,' the senator said, looking into the television camera, 'is the result of a failure of leadership and diplomacy. With all due respect to President Lympman, he...
Minerva, Chapter 31
Bob Murphy 2004-04-06 16:00
Thirty-One 'David!' Roderick Dupont yelled. He stood up and waved Mason over to the table where he was sitting with another man. 'Charles, may I introduce to you David Mason, the finest economist and political scientist of our generation. David, this is Charles Emerson, the distinguished biologist.' The two old men shook hands. 'Pleasure to actually meet you, Dr. Mason,' Emerson said...
Minerva, Chapter 30
Bob Murphy 2004-04-05 16:00
Thirty Dan got up from his computer when he heard the familiar knock. Anticipation built as he headed for the door, even though he knew it had to be a coincidence. 'Matt!' he yelled as he threw open the door. 'What's up, little man?' Matt said as he entered the dorm room. After throwing a duffel bag against the far wall, Matt very deliberately surveyed the room. 'Holy shit dude,' he...
Minerva, Chapter 29
Bob Murphy 2004-04-04 16:00
Twenty-Nine 'Sure I can't talk you out of this?' O'Toole asked, knowing what the reply would be. 'Yes, Peter,' Mason answered. 'These missile strikes are only the beginning. I feel as if my remaining time is limited.' 'That's not the Mason I used to know,' O'Toole said. 'Back when everyone else was saying Hail Marys at the thought of an invasion from Lugar, you were urging me to buy...
Minerva, Chapter 28
Bob Murphy 2004-04-01 16:00
Lamas Bordak ran through the department store, knocking over racks of clothes. The siren had been wailing for a full thirty seconds, and she still hadn't found her six-year-old. ' Midi ! Midi !' Lamas finally spotted her son crouched in a corner, sitting on the floor and hugging his knees to his chest. '[Midi , we have to go now!]' she yelled, yanking him off the ground. When the two...
Minerva, Chapter 27
Bob Murphy 2004-03-31 16:00
Twenty-Seven 'For someone who walked him into a mugging,' O'Toole said, smiling, you're one to talk.' 'Indeed,' Mason agreed, 'but let us not use past mistakes to justify current ones. Peter,' Mason was quite serious now, 'I fear for the future. This belligerence alarms me. Who can say what the United States will do in the next few years? You may never see your son again.' 'You worry...
Minerva, Chapter 26
Bob Murphy 2004-03-30 16:00
Twenty-Six Vice President Anthony Black tried to conceal his disgust as he surveyed the room. This was the first time he'd met with this particular group of incompetent, overpromoted kiss-asses, and the circumstances were not pleasant. With Carson gaining in the polls, Lympman couldn't miss his photo ops in California . Consequently, Black had to endure the briefing with the 'experts' on...
Minerva, Chapter 25
Bob Murphy 2004-03-29 16:00
Twenty-Five 'Are you sure you want to do that?' Mason asked Danny. 'You said I should control the center of the board,' Danny answered, being careful to keep his finger on his Knight. 'Yes, but I also said you should keep your extended pieces protected,' Mason reminded him. 'That Knight is guarding your Bishop. Do you intend to remedy that with your next move? Don't forget about him.' '...
Minerva, Chapter 24
Bob Murphy 2004-03-28 16:00
Twenty-Four '. . . but to answer your question,' Alex Maynard, CEO of GemStar, said to George Ribald, 'yes, we have redundant firepower. Even if the U.S. were to launch a preemptive strike on our killer sats, we would still retain enough retaliatory force to take them all out.' 'And how long for you to achieve space superiority?' Ribald pressed. 'Well, it depends what you mean,' Maynard...
Minerva, Chapter 23
Bob Murphy 2004-03-25 17:00
Twenty-Three 'Gretchen, another round of drinks . . . for all my friends,' Matt said, doing a decent impression of Mickey Rourke from Barfly. The others at the table'as well as the poor waitress, no doubt'were relieved that he had, apparently, finally dropped the jokes concerning fairy tales from the brothers Grimm. Matt always felt the need to dwell on any female server's name, in order to (a...
Minerva, Chapter 22
Bob Murphy 2004-03-24 17:00
Twenty-Two Mason looked around the glorious apartment. Tara had originally wanted an actual house, but O'Toole had convinced her that it would be too extravagant. Instead, they had purchased three consecutive floors near the top of the Trump Tower. The middle floor had been removed, and the near-cube had been completely renovated to form a luxurious loft, enclosed on all sides by windows...
Minerva, Chapter 21
Bob Murphy 2004-03-23 17:00
Twenty-One Steven Peckard looked at his watch quite deliberately as Tom Brady entered the room and hurried to the only remaining seat at the table. 'Mr. Brady, I trust you didn't have another run-in with the ladies of Reliant?' Peckard asked. The room chuckled. Brady just smiled. 'Gentlemen,' Peckard officially began, looking over the group of elegantly dressed Minervan powerbrokers, 'I...
Minerva, Chapter 20
Bob Murphy 2004-03-22 17:00
Twenty 'Hurry up, Danny!' Tara yelled. 'We don't want to miss the subway!' Danny reluctantly dropped the shell on the ground and scurried back to his parents and Mason. 'Why exactly are we rushing?' Mason inquired. He preferred leisurely strolls, especially when he saw no rational argument against them. 'Because it's a holiday,' Tara reminded him. 'The trains don't run as often. I don't want...
Minerva, Chapter 19
Bob Murphy 2004-03-18 17:00
Nineteen The phone rang, rousing Ryan Miller from his fitful sleep. He scowled at the containers of egg foo yong and General Tso's chicken on his coffee table. The heavily marked copy of Kant's Perpetual Peace and Other Essays fell off the couch as Miller reached for the phone. 'Miller,' he said, still drowsy. 'Ryan, it's Jim,' the familiar voice said over the receiver. 'Turn on CNN. We'...
Minerva, Chapter 18
Bob Murphy 2004-03-17 17:00
'Shit,' Matt muttered as the dealer placed a Five of Clubs on the table to his right. The player, an Asian man in his fifties or early sixties, waved his hand to indicate that he wanted no additional cards. The dealer, a very attractive woman in her twenties, turned her attention to Matt. His cards totaled sixteen, while she displayed a forbidding Queen of Hearts. Matt glanced at the stack...
Minerva, Chapter 17
Bob Murphy 2004-03-16 17:00
Seventeen General Rygar sighed. This was a dangerous game that Lugar was playing. By allowing the United States to supplement its advisors with 'peacekeeping troops,' Lugar was jeopardizing Lotos' very independence. He knew he must crush the capitalists, and quickly. But what could Rygar do? After the initial capture of almost one-fifth of his men, Rygar had been very conservative with his...
Minerva, Chapter 16
Bob Murphy 2004-03-15 17:00
Sixteen 'So we're going tomorrow, right?' Matt stated, rather than asked. 'I turned down a night of clubbing with those French girls, so don't fuck me.' 'They sure wouldn't have,' Jim said and finished his beer. 'Sure, we can go tomorrow,' Quinn answered, feeling like an overworked father. Matt had been pestering him for months. 'And it has to be at night,' Matt reminded him. 'I want...
Minerva, Chapter 15
Bob Murphy 2004-03-14 17:00
Fifteen 'Armor unit one-three has been marked,' the radio operator announced. A thirteenth red icon appeared on the large monitor. Peckard nodded. As he had hoped, the Lotosian commander had deployed his tanks to move out and 'secure' the neighborhood around the harbor. Now the last one had finally passed over one of the modified manhole covers. '[There's no one here,]' Lieutenant Dikan...
Minerva, Chapter 14
Bob Murphy 2004-03-11 17:00
Fourteen O'Toole turned down the radio at the commercial break. Most of the NPR analysts had simply assumed the fledgling island would be retaken by the Lotosian forces, and had proceeded to reflect on the social and cultural lessons of the episode. O'Toole glanced in the rearview mirror. Danny was in his carseat, and Tara had insisted on sitting in the back of the rental car next to him....
Minerva, Chapter 13
Bob Murphy 2004-03-10 17:00
Thirteen 'So you want us to do nothing?' Paul Kennedy, head of the Railworkers, asked. Several other men at the table, all dressed in blue jeans, grunted with approval. 'Of course not,' Peckard said and smiled. 'It's simply that I want all of you to conserve your forces. I've spent millions recruiting and training foreign specialists. Let them die for our streets....
Minerva, Chapter 12
Bob Murphy 2004-03-09 17:00
Twelve 'Oh Danny,' Tara sighed, looking at her son. He had carefully covered the entire surface of his tray with a product from Gerber. Tara walked over and took the spoon from the bowl. Sensing the danger, Daniel O'Toole snapped his head violently to his right. 'Now stop it Danny,' Tara said. She grabbed his cheeks with her left hand and turned his face back towards her. 'Eat your...
Minerva, Chapter 11
Bob Murphy 2004-03-08 17:00
Eleven 'Gentlemen, this is Ryan Miller from the CIA; he's also the leading expert on Minerva law at RAND .' General Riggs stepped back as Miller walked to the front of the room, located in the bowels of the Pentagon. 'Ryan, I think you know everyone here. That's Bill Norton from the NSA, filling in for Mark.' 'Good morning,' Miller said softly, looking at the men seated around the table....
Minerva, Chapter 10
Bob Murphy 2004-03-04 17:00
Ten 'I'm telling you guys,' Matt said, looking up from the casino's brochure. 'This place is fucking crazy. You want to play blackjack with a topless dealer? You got it. You want room service to bring you up a little coke before you hit the tables? No problem.' 'That's nothing,' Quinn said, looking out the window at the sparkling ocean below. ' Tara told me it's perfectly legal to deal in...
Minerva, Chapter 9
Bob Murphy 2004-03-03 17:00
PART II Nine 'Good evening,' Tara said into the camera and flashed a brilliant smile. She was wearing a conservative suit and her hair was pulled tightly back into a bun. 'On tonight's edition of The Other Hand, we're pleased to have with us Doctor David Mason, distinguished professor of economics at the University of Minerva . Tell us Professor, how is our brave new university doing...
Minerva, Chapter 8
Bob Murphy 2004-03-02 17:00
Eight O'Toole poured Tara another glass of wine. He couldn't take his eyes off of her; in the dim candlelight she was absolutely stunning. 'But I just don't understand,' O'Toole said, 'how you could . . . associate with someone like that.' O'Toole was very interested in the exact nature of Tara and Quinn's relationship. He lately had been plagued by a string of 'bad luck,' and O'Toole...
Minerva, Chapter 7
Bob Murphy 2004-03-01 17:00
Seven 'Hello David, come in.' Mason entered the apartment, which was small even for Manhattan , and began pacing violently. O'Toole closed the door. 'Do you know a Mark Knolton?' Mason asked. 'No-o-o'' O'Toole responded, wondering where this was going. 'Mark Knolton is a former student who just happens to be on the construction crew at the main harbor.' Mason paused to compose himself...
Minerva, Chapter 6
Bob Murphy 2004-02-29 17:00
Six 'Yummy ass,' Tara whispered after leaning over. 'Hush!' Amy whispered back, jabbing Tara with her elbow and giggling. The plump woman was always exhilarated to be doing anything outside the office with Tara , but still! Sometimes Tara could be so immature. O'Toole, dressed in a fabulous Armani suit, turned back to face the audience. 'And so you see, if we guarantee them the tonnage...
Minerva, Chapter 5
Bob Murphy 2004-02-26 17:00
Five O'Toole glanced around the small, makeshift church as Mason spoke. The teenagers and younger children were hot and bored. A brother and sister argued until their mother hushed them. The adults, most of them still dressed from work, politely paid attention. ''and that is why, paradoxical as it may sound, minimum wage laws and other regulations are actually used by labor unions to drive...
Minerva, Chapter 4
Bob Murphy 2004-02-25 17:00
Four Matt King ran a hand through his jet black, gel-stiffened hair as he examined himself in the mirror. Although only seventeen, the boy of average height and medium build could always pass himself off as much older. Matt took a step back from the mirror, ran his dazzling blue eyes up and down, and proclaimed, 'The only question now is, which lucky lady is taking this home.' Matt left the...
Minerva, Chapter 3
Bob Murphy 2004-02-24 17:00
Three O'Toole walked down the corridor, counting off the numbers on the office doors. The campus was spread out in the Village, and O'Toole had had to ask several young people before finding the building. As he approached 824, he saw the old man walk out and close the door. O'Toole smiled; the old man was wearing a quaint but distinctive gray suit and vest, and a ridiculous red bowtie...
Minerva, Chapter 2
Bob Murphy 2004-02-23 17:00
Two Kcc-uhhhhh! The aluminum bat reverberated as Andy foul tipped the ball off to his right. Andy had never played organized baseball; his practice had consisted of outings to the cages at Putt Putt. His hands were really starting to sting, and he was ready to go. But he couldn't let the other guys know that. This was the first time he'd hung out with them after school; the other...
Minerva, Chapter 1
Bob Murphy 2004-02-22 17:00
O'Toole shuffled his feet as the guard led him to the holding cell. He couldn't tell if his emerging headache were due to his first'and last'barfight, the obscene amount of liquor he'd had, or (most likely) some combination of the two. 'In here,' the guard said, beckoning to the cell. Inside were three other prisoners: An Asian and black man sat on the cell bench, listening to a small yet...
Bush Should Resign
Bob Murphy 2004-02-10 17:00
Frequent readers of my column (both of you) know that I have harped on the WMD issue. Most antiwar activists felt that the 'Bush Doctrine' was reckless, immoral, and at odds with a truly conservative foreign policy, whether or not Saddam had stockpiles of banned weapons. Nonetheless, I insisted, we should hold Bush accountable for the ostensible justifications he gave for the invasion. As...
Why They Fight
Bob Murphy 2004-01-25 17:00
There are many, many Americans who simply find it inexplicable that foreigners would wish to attack people from the United States . After all, our government is unique in human history: We are always on the right side in any conflict. Although Americans are very keen on spotting duplicitous politicians from other countries, we're very blessed by Providence to have moral leaders who can be...
Worshipping War
Bob Murphy 2004-01-11 17:00
It really is scary when people go beyond the argument that a specific war is an unavoidable evil, and start claiming that an occasional war is a noble, uplifting experience. It's even scarier when someone as bright as Michael Novak makes the argument, as he did in his December 30 National Review Online editorial, 'A Spartan Athens'. After noting America 's well-known debt to Athenian culture,...
What Should Be Done With Saddam?
Bob Murphy 2004-01-04 17:00
In this space I have written about the relation between's Saddam's capture and the success of the so-called War on Terror. In the months following the Iraqi invasion, opponents of the war pointed out the irony of the coalition's inability to locate the Hitler du jour. Predictably, when Saddam finally was captured, the war hawks gloated as if this proved their point. (To the best of my...
Saddam and the War Hawks
Bob Murphy 2003-12-18 17:00
As an Austrian economist and market anarchist, much of what I write consists of non-falsifiable thought experiments. This is very convenient, since even when I screw up I won't be demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, in my last article I went out on a limb and made an actual prediction: '. . . I guarantee you the war hawks are going to gloat as if Saddam's capture somehow proves that they were...
Reflections on Saddam's Capture
Bob Murphy 2003-12-14 17:00
Well, they finally did it. U.S. troops have finally captured Saddam Hussein. My first thought was: This is the modern day Hitler? Say what you will about Adolf; he wasn't taken alive by the henchmen of the bourgeoisie.
National Political Radio
Bob Murphy 2003-12-10 17:00
When I was younger, I used to laugh with all of the conservative writers about all of the dumb liberals on National Public Radio (NPR). Lately, with all of the crap in Iraq , I've found that NPR is one of the few places I can actually hear some interesting commentary. However, the last two days reminded me of my blissful youth. Yesterday NPR had a guy who was lamenting Russian President...
What Corruption?
Bob Murphy 2003-11-11 17:00
Now there's something fishy going on here. Dreznel is arguing that the size of the contract has nothing to do with campaign contributions, because (for example) General Electric isn't getting more money than Halliburton, even though GE donated more money to the Bush campaign. But this is attacking a strawman. Of course the Bush Administration can't literally give out money solely on the basis...
The Roots of America's Downfall
Bob Murphy 2003-10-15 16:00
The most striking characteristic of this website'and indeed, the fact is reflected in its very name'is its commitment to the eradication of evil at its root. Thoreau recognized that a blind lashing out at the mere symptoms of evil would never resolve our social problems.
Getting Over the Wall
Bob Murphy 2003-09-25 16:00
When I was in high school, our class went on a retreat to a camp in the woods. The idea was for all of us to get to know each other, build up our relationships outside the academic environment, blah blah blah. We did the standard group activities, including the 'trust fall.' This is the ice-breaker in which everybody locks hands with a partner, and then each couple stands shoulder-to-shoulder...
Someone Please Explain to Me How We're Not Doing What We Were Afraid the Russians Would Do
Bob Murphy 2003-09-14 16:00
Remember the Cold War? Remember going to see 'The Hunt for Red October'? Remember being petrified of those evil, murdering Russians? Think back to that time. (Yes, I'm young, but I still caught the tail end of it.) There we were, doing our best to contain a growing, power-hungry monster, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
The War Street Journal
Bob Murphy 2003-09-10 16:00
I've heard people refer to the businessman's treasure as the War Street Journal, but I just assumed that this had more to do with the clever play on words than with the Journal's bias. I mean really, compared to Fox 'News,' how bad could it be?
Did Bush Lie?
Bob Murphy 2003-07-27 16:00
In several recent articles, I have been harping on the claim that, if no weapons of mass destruction turn up in Iraq, then Bush and his subordinates are guilty of lying us into war.