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Monday, November 01, 2004

marking summer assignment papers, I am getting a variety of articles and topics other than economics per se:

"Iraqi prison abuse by American soldiers is a big miscalculation in the same way not to find subversive weapons. I think that this incident is a fatal mistake. I cannot help throwing a doubt whether America can get back the national trust or not..."

And in a response to "President Bush Discusses Iraq: Excerpts from Aug.5, 2004 speech" from http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/08

"I was surprised that the difference of thoughts between Japanese and American is so big that it was ahard to understand what Bush was trying to say. I don't know if it is a 'culture shock'...Although Sadam Hussein was a terrible dictator, Bush had to share the same vision of freedom with Iraq people before he took any action. Maybe he had an elaborate plan of how to rebuild Iraq before his army entered the country, but I don't think he had taken opinions enough from Iraq people when he made that plan....And there is another thing I got from this speech: Mr. President Bush is not an evil man. He is merely not smart enough to be a president..."

These are great as political opinions, I just need the link to economics, like, "The issue of national trust is related to endogenous theories of the business cycle, which include psychological factors. " or, "The credibility of the US President is an issue which is inextricably linked to global business relations and will have long term detrimental effects on the global business climate.", and possibly include a wee prognosis for exactly which economic trends they surmise will be induced, then i'm happy...