Either the N&O has a new editorial writer, or current staff members have awakened from a five year nap. In either case, it's good to see the paper trying to find its voice about the lunacy of the Bush administration. Today's lead editorial takes BushCo to task for trying to fight the war in Iraq on the cheap.
War is terribly wasteful and frightfully expensive. A million-dollar piece of equipment can be turned into scrap metal with a $10 homemade bomb. Yet the Bush administration appears determined to mask the true cost of the war in Iraq by not asking Congress for enough money to get the job done.
The writers are still under the illusion that there's enough money in the universe to get this particular job "done" - whatever the hell that means - but at least they're looking at the hard questions for a change.
Another nod in the right direction came this weekend with this editorial on the Great Torture Compromise. Again, the N&O almost get it together with the subhead to the piece:
A compromise on treatment of terror suspects doesn't deserve the praise it's gotten from the president and GOP senators
That's one way to put it, though it wouldn't hurt if the writers beefed up their prose a little. The reported "compromise" they're complaining about would be nothing less than another nail in the coffin of America's integrity and honor.
So all in all, I give the N&O a B- for trying. Keep going, guys. And remember, it's okay to be clear and strong.