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Thursday, April 08, 2004
  Damn, it looks like a pseudo retraction is in order

In reference to the posting below concerning a critical review of a thesis by Condi Rice, comes this semi-rebuttal from a lefty,Asymmetrical Information:
I'd also point out that from what I know, reviews in academic journals outside of your discipline are likely to be especially brutal, because there's no need for collegiality--a history professor isn't worried about what a political science professor could do to his career.

This has more personal application for me: I think my aunt was Condoleeza's advisor on that dissertation. Aunt Cathy is no moron, and I'll fight anyone who says different. She's also pretty damn knowlegeable about eastern european military matters. And she's sure as hell no Republican shill--she's a loyal Democrat who served in Clinton's defense department.
But after watching some of her performance on CNN at the 9/11 Commission hearings, I still think Kevin Drum's summary statement rings true:
Problems distinguishing facts from propaganda. Too quick to pass judgment without adequate knowledge. Failure to properly assess sources who have an obvious axe to grind. Ignorance of regional history.
Sorry, what I saw today was not very impressive.

[Oh, the link above, 'posting', is my first internal link! Thanks go to The Corpus Callosum for posting a link to one of my posts for finally getting me to figure out how to do this. Though I'm probably still missing the easy way of doing this. So, expect to see more internal links, and some new additions to the sideboard, such as a permanent link to my bio, and the Cheney satire piece. Also, as long as I'm noting progress, I have moved up the evolutionary scale at The Truth Laid Bear: The Blogosphere Ecosystem. I am now a slimy mullosc.
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