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PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;6/30/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 25, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Last week, Ahmed Chalabi left Baghdad and headed to Washington. Washington has been friendlier turf for Chalabi, who had more success before the war convincing D.C. neocons that he was the man to lead a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq than he has had since then convincing Iraqi citizens of the same thing. But it turns out that Chalabi's poor performance on the ground in Baghdad has hurt his standing in Washington, too. On May 16, the Bush administration delayed plans to establish an Iraqi interim authority (which would have been made up primarily of the Iraqi-exile opposition) because it doubted Chalabi and his fellow exiles were up to the job of running the country. For decades, Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida have battled over the essence (if we can use such a logo-centric term) of our era: Does the moment demand a rationalist philosophy, as Habermas maintains, or should we accept deconstructionism, as Derrida insists? Humbly speaking on behalf of "German and French philosophers," they make a robust and lengthy case for a united Europe "to counterbalance the hegemonic unilateralism of the United States." In the June 16 issue of 'National Review,' Byron York heroically attempts to defend President Bush against the charge of being a liar. His most interesting argument is a rebuttal of the claim that Bush's lies, unlike Bill Clinton's, involve matters of great public importance rather than personal indiscretions. Not so, argues York.
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