“Dick Cheney Was Right All Along”

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"Dick Cheney was right all along."

Wall Street Journal, 2014

"Once we’d [invaded Iraq and] gotten rid of Saddam and his government, then we’d have had to put another government in its place…How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?...It’s my view that [President George H.W. Bush] got it right [by not invading.]...It would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq."

—Dick Cheney, 1991

An Owner Figures Out How to Save on His Health Insurance – NYTimes.com

When I started this series on health insurance, I thought I might devote three or four posts to the subject. Instead, as I turned up surprising information, I realized that there was much more to say. This is an important and expensive purchase for a business owner, and there are great benefits to making the effort to understand how it works.

From An Owner Figures Out How to Save on His Health Insurance – NYTimes.com.

Some people I know have small businesses and pride themselves on providing insurance for their employees. I hope this helps them get through the thickets of confusing information about the effect of the ACA on their employees and its cost.

On Reading Roosevelt

David Silby at Edge of the American West:

In two paragraphs, FDR sums the case for government regulation and oversight, the case for government full-stop, better, I think, than just about anyone, and certainly anyone recently.

via On Reading Roosevelt – The Edge of the American West – The Chronicle of Higher Education.


An interesting and apposite post, but primo for the category “FDR pwns everyone infinity no backsies.” That’s a blogging category I can get behind.

Making Light’s Commonplaces

Commonplaces from Making Light. Please read them all.

“We are prophets of a future not our own.” (Oscar Romero)

“Peace means something different from ‘not fighting’. Those aren’t peace advocates, they’re ‘stop fighting’ advocates. Peace is an active and complex thing and sometimes fighting is part of what it takes to get it.” (Jo Walton)

“You really think that safety can be plucked from the arms of an evil deed?” (Darla, “Inside Out”)

“The whole point of society is to be less unforgiving than nature.” (Arthur D. Hlavaty)

“Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.” (Michael Palin)

“Just because you’re on their side doesn’t mean they’re on your side.” (Teresa Nielsen Hayden)

“Young men and women, educated very carefully to be apolitical, to be technicians who thought they disliked politics, making them putty in the hands of their rulers, like always.” (Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars)

Continue reading Making Light’s Commonplaces