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The Big Lie 

It isn’t just lefties (see below) who recognise the disasters perpetrated by the Bush administration. Francis Fukuyama, a darling of right-wing think tanks, has a devastating piece in today’s Financial Times (subscribers only). His conclusion:

  The Republican convention outrageously lumped the September 11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq war into a single, seamless war on terrorism — as if the soldiers fighting Mr Sadr were avenging the destroyers of the twin towers. This has, in fact, become true, but only because mismanagement of the war has created a new Afghanistan inside Iraq. Eliminating this new terrorist haven is an urgent priority if it is not to metastasize to other parts of the world. The Bush administration has made any number of foreign policy errors, particularly over Iraq. If re-elected, it must honestly review what went wrong and consider how best to proceed. But, if Mr Bush is returned with a large mandate in November, the administration will have got away a Big Lie about the war on terrorism and will have little incentive to engage in serious review. If Mr Kerry wins, he needs to get past silly campaign improvisations and elucidate a serious strategy for Iraq.

The wastrel administration 

A worthy sequel to yesterday’s recommended post by Josh Marshall is Scott Rosenberg’s analysis of the behaviour pattern of the Bush presidency: “For all the campaign-biography mythos of a misspent youth redeemed by Jesus and a sober adulthood, George W. Bush is using the presidency to play out his own drama of irresponsibility on a nation-size stage. Once a wastrel, always a wastrel.”

Shakespeare quartos 

The British Library has opened a site that makes available their 93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed before England’s theatres were closed in 1642.

You can either read a single quarto or compare two different versions of a play side by side. This is the sort of project long advocated by Raj Reddy in his universal digital library. Now anyone in the world with access to the Net can browse these great treasures that were once reserved for only a few scholars.

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