Susan waits all week for Frank Rich's column in the Sunday Times. She's sad when he takes a week off, and was concerned that he might be off celebrating Labor Day somewhere. But this past week Rich was even more eloquent than usual. Writing about the approach of September 11, he said:
Of all the pro forma passages in Obama’s speech, perhaps the most jarring was his entreaty that Iraq’s leaders “move forward with a sense of urgency to form an inclusive government that is just, representative and accountable.” He might as well have been talking about the poisonous political deadlock in Washington. At that moment, there was no escaping the tragic fact that instead of bringing American-style democracy and freedom to Iraq, the costly war we fought there has, if anything, brought the bitter taste of Iraq’s dysfunction to America.