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    The White House changed the headline "President Bush Announces Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended" to include the word "Major" before "Combat".

    This is absolutely true. However, the second headline was entirely accurate, while the first headline was false. Bush never said that combat operations in Iraq had ended, he said MAJOR combat operations in Iraq had ended. They fixed an error, because the headline said Bush said something he never said. That hardly qualifies as revisionist history. I can find
    • I stand corrected about the White House site changing the headline. I did some research on the speech and you are correct, though it makes me wonder why they had an erroneous headline in the first place. Since so many people merely scan headlines, it's easy to paint a false picture and then later claim "that's not what was said". I've often had fun reading articles and seeing how closely they match the headline. Frequently they don't and I think that is also a form of dishonesty.

      I also agree that poli

      • Political parties suck.

        That's the truth. So why wring your hands over their perpetual failure to
        deliver democratic control of society? Just admit that capitalist republics
        don't deliver democracy, and look for something that does.
        • Just admit that capitalist republics don't deliver democracy, and look for something that does.

          I can't admit that because I don't believe it. From my perspective, there are three major things wrong with the US system: money, media, and machines (political ones, that is). The media is an obvious problem. The yellow journalism of Fox News is just the most obvious example. Make the media truly competitive or, better yet, permanently publicly fund the media as a public resource (rather than forcing the

          • If you don't believe it, then point to examples of capitalist republics that do
            involve democratic control of society.

            The failures of social democracy are systemic, and repeat everywhere. The
            states with the most egalitarian policies are those facing the strongest left
            threats to their existence. As unions have become weaker, the "welfare state"
            has shrunk in many countries.

            The trouble is not with particular politicians -- it is with the system that
            makes them temporary dictators. The problem is not with particular Captains of
            Industry -- it is with the organization of production is heriarchical,
            authoritarain constructs that alienate and disempower the workers.

            For an alternative exmaple of how to organize society, I suggest reading about
            the Spanish Revolution in 1936. Millions of people lived cooperatively before
            being conquered by Franco's army (aided by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Britain,
            and American businessmen). One book that I thought was pretty good was Antony
            Beevor's "The Spanish Civil War." It is written in a style that should be
            friendly to the US Liberal Intellectual, which still being accurate (a
            remarkable feat for writing about radical social transformation).

            Of course, everyone who grew up in the US has heard all about how nasty State
            Capitalism (AKA marxism) is, so I assume I don't need to go into that. If you
            don't believe it, read some first-hand accounts of soviet repression during the
            early days of the Revolution. Truly horrifying.