“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Mr. President, Will it be “veni, vidi, vici.”? Or, "It Was Hard Work, But I Stayed the Course, With Remorse."
Last night, three stories, apparently unrelated, caught my attention and interest. One was the article regarding the poor execution of the Iraq war by the Bush Administration, which appears in Vanity Fair. Simply, it is about the Neocons turning on Bush. (hattip DesertRat) The second, appears in the Times about six Arab nations contemplating going nuclear, and the third about the video of Hamas directed Palestinian woman going into a mosque to act as human shields to help trapped insurgents escape from the Israeli Army.
If you watch the video of the hundreds of Palestinian woman rushing to the mosque, you see two things, the dress of the woman, and the results of the Israeli troops shooting what has been described as unarmed woman. The woman were gathered up by Hamas to perform a military maneuver. The tactic was to have a large crowd of woman, covered with the hijabs and long full body dress, and mass into a mosque where Hamas fighters were hiding. They would give similar dress to the trapped fighters, and allow them to mingle with the woman and escape. Hamas took the risk that the Israelis would not fire. Some Israelis saw through the ruse and opened fire, killing several and wounding several others. The firing initially dispersed the woman, but some Israeli officer halted the shooting and the tactic worked as the trapped fighters escaped, dressed as woman.
All of those woman, some knowingly, others naively, were participating in a military operation. None were innocents. Hamas knew that. Hamas knew cameras would be there and Hamas knew the Israelis would be in an impossible predicament, where they would lose regardless of what they did. The lesson here is that to Hamas and similar ME groups, any tactic is acceptable in their war against Israel and against the West. All are combatants, because all is war. They will use anything and do anything to achieve their goal which is victory. Now add the nuclear weapons.
Because of the painfully slow process of getting the EU and the US to come up with a credible strategy with Iran, and the outrageous and unforgivable interference by Russia and in a lesser role China, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. The Arab states in the region are not going to tolerate a nuclear Iran without having their own nuclear protection. They do not trust Iran. Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia will all seek atomic technology and ultimately nuclear weapons. As discussed in Vanity Fair, the US failure to stabilize Iraq, has broken respect and trust in US leadership and capabilities.
No one trusts the United States to either successfully rule in the ME , or force order and stability; no one. That is the damage done by the Iraq war. It is not important how or why that happened. It is what it is and cannot be easily undone, yet it must be undone. As we have painfully learned, Hamas and every other radical Islamic group will use anything to achieve their goals. That anything cannot and must not be nuclear weapons. If Iran gets nuclear weapons, all bets are off. A nuclear Middle East will be a dismal fact of life or death.
Instability, militant Islam, nuclear proliferation and the apparent lack of effective US leadership is a very bad combination. George Bush with or without Congress is going to be President for two more years. We do not have two more years to waste and not make serious progress in dealing with the Middle East. After the election , a wise President will have to make some very difficult and necessary changes to reassert American Leadership and begin to fix a very broken foreign policy. Europe must be brought on board. Israeli security must be addressed. Equally, the security of the Arab states must be guaranteed in some credible fashion. This is the most difficult position the US has been in for some time. The team of Rumsfeld and Rice is not going to do it. Everyone, including the Europeans will be tempted to wait out the balance of the Bush Administration and hope for something new and better from the next US President.
Can Bush do it. Yes, if he is wise enough to make the decision to get rid of the people who have failed his administration and the country. No, if he is too stubborn and weak to make the difficult decision of firing people he likes. Bush must quickly install a new team of recognizably respected and talented people who will demonstrate a firm American resolve to fix one hell of a mess. I open to debate recommendations as to who the people should be and what is a realistic strategy to bring stability to the Middle East.
Posted by Deuce ☂ at 11/04/2006 12:57:00 AM
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By coincidence Wretchard posted the three articles separately over at BC. Thry are not separate, but benignly related.ReplyDelete
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Great post 2164 and the H/T to DR for the great Vanity Fair article.ReplyDelete
I'm confident the beltway think tanks,the White House, and all interested military-industrial complex thinkers are developing position papers on what the President faces. But then we know those challenges.
What they've been a might shy on are remedies. They HAD remedies going into it all. Now, the tergiversation tremors that started at the knees have spread throught the body.
I'd venture a guess that right now we don't have the upper hand on too many of the worlds challenges with NONE in sight.
Habu, you may want to watch this: At Vanity Fair, They think the whole situation will make one nutsReplyDelete
One personal insight I have gained over the months is the incredulity with which the proposition of total victory and domination of an enemy is repudiated.ReplyDelete
A smart bomb here, a smart bomb there isn't going to subjugate the masses or make them fear us. They just eat their dinner and go out and kill us.
But then Islam is a religion of peace, and this isn't a clash of civilizations. I guess if I could just remember those two essentials I could join the herd.
2164 ... a brilliant satire..thanksReplyDelete
This man has some answers. Not necessarily what you're looking for here but prerequitsites to TWAT.ReplyDelete
Niall Ferguson article in VANITY FAIR is a must read. Trust me.ReplyDelete
I read the atricle and thank you.
Once again what I read was another writer outlining the problem.
The article I referenced, "Empire Falls" is stunning.
Just a taste from page three of EMPIRE FALLS.."they had gone soft"ReplyDelete
What had gone wrong? The answer sheds revealing light on some of the problems the United States currently faces in the same troubled region. A recurrent theme of Gibbon's work is that the Romans gradually lost "the animating health and vigour" which had made them militarily invincible in the glory days of Julian's predecessor Trajan. They had lost their discipline. They started complaining about the weight of their armor. In a word, they had gone soft. At the same time, like most armies, their fighting effectiveness diminished the farther they were from home
Can Bush do it. Yes, if he is wise enough to make the decision to get rid of the people who have failed his administration and the countryReplyDelete
Independent newspapers serving the military say it's time for Rummy to bug out
A recurrent theme of Gibbon's work is that the Romans gradually lost "the animating health and vigour" which had made them militarily invincible in the glory days of Julian's predecessor Trajan.ReplyDelete
"The results of self-abuse in them is seen in various diseases, such as catarrh, dropsy, headache, loss of memory and sight, great weakness in the back and loins, affections of the spine, the head often decays inwardly. Cancerous humor, which would lay dormant in the system their life-time, is inflamed, and commences its eating, destructive work. The mind is often utterly ruined, and insanity takes place."
-- Ellen White, Appeal to Mothers, 1864, p. 25, 27
These papers also have been "begging" the administration for a larger force for several years. But, really, Teresita, what could they know? ;-)
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1. First and Foremost is Security.ReplyDelete
Forget about democracy. Democracy and freedom don't mean much one when one is living hour to hour or day to day.
Purple fingers don't bring security, red blood does. So spill the blood.
2. Control Crime and Corruption.
Start with the common criminals - Get them off the street pronto, either in jail or in the ground. Also, show the public plenty of one handed men and canings.
Institute harsh zero tolerance program for corruption and institute public awareness campaign that corruption is intolerable and is dealt with very publically.
3. Institute a fair and equitable Court system.
People must know that they can receive justice. Most people will accept even an unfavorable ruling if they believe the ruling was just. There will be venue for dispute dissolution. The goal is to move it from lawlessness into a civil courtroom.
4. Monopolize the Media and the Message.
You've got a good message about law and order, crime and corruption, and the judicial system. Broadcast it night and day. Indoctrinate the audience. Teach them how a modern civil society works. Trumpet success stories. Broadcast shame of those who act counter to the good of society.
5.Treat Fundamentalism like Cancer.
Kill radical fundamentalists preaching violence and hatred. "Nip it in the Bud" or cut off the head of the snake or kill off the support for the tyrant. Provide a kinder gentler Islam.
6. Realize that there will never be a real peace in the ME only degrees of security.
I came, I saw, I soon went back home.ReplyDelete
Blaming the US Army's failure to achieve Victory, on the enemy's lack of cooperation in US efforts.
Those Mohammedans were just to tough. They did not realize the US could not lose a War.
Evidently they did not listen to Mr Rumsfeld echo Mr Bush.
The fun thing at BC is reading the comments, those that describe how "now" we will just have to "get tough". How now there will be no more "nation building".
The Power of Projection.
Our stalwart host, duece, tells us:" It is not important how or why that happened. "
I must respectfully disagree.
That is the most important thing to know, so as to rectify the flawed strategy. Did the US just make a few tactical errors or is the strategic vision flawed?
Is it just that our sniper teams are missing their shots, or are they not authorized to take the shot.
Is Islam a "Religion of Peace" or a Fascist ideology?
Are the peoples of Mohammed rotten to the core, or can we just eliminate Mr al-Sadr and all will be well?
How important is it, to US, to win?
So far the answer is: Not Very.
So now General Sanchez, the other field commanders in the "revolt of the Generals" and the neo-con intellectuals that planned the early stages of the War have dumped on the President's implementation of Policy.
rufus says it's so they get back on the Cocktailing A circut.
I doubt that is all there is to it.
"Our stalwart host, duece, tells us: It is not important how or why that happened.
I must respectfully disagree.
That is the most important thing to know, so as to rectify the flawed strategy. Did the US just make a few tactical errors or is the strategic vision flawed?"
It is hard to get up too early to get one by DR, and I did not. He is correct. I should have said that, but my point was, do not get tied up with recriminations and investigations. that can come later. Only with a cohesive united US, will it be able possible to lead the world out of impending hell.
Shall we go down your list of to do's.
1. a 180 degress Course change
2. Shall we start in St Louis or Detroit? Where we speak the language, but still cannot conrol crime. Duke Cunningham without a hand, interesting thought.
3. Import US judges to Iraq? Mr Kennedy and Souter?
4. The US cannot even "pay for placement" in Iraqi newspapers. Another 180 degree course change.
5. Let's start in Mecca, and work to the fringes of their Empire. Another 180 degree course change
6. An admission of failure and another 180 degree course chamge.
So many "new" directions for a "Stay the Course" team.
Not likely soon. We'll need a new team, or at least Head Coach.
Exchanging Mr Rumsfeld for some other politician, that's like changing the Water Boy and expecting to win the next game.
Look at the AZ Cardinals, they beat the World Champs in the first game of the Season, then after a few fumbles by their veteran QB, they brought in a Rookie.
Have not won a game since.
...Yet the difference between the West and the Rest is much narrower than it once was. As recently as 1968, American G.D.P. per capita was 127 times higher than that of East Asia. By this measure alone, the gap between West and East has narrowed dramatically in our time. And it will continue to narrow. The International Monetary Fund estimates that the Chinese economy is growing at a rate roughly three times that of the United States. According to Goldman Sachs, China's G.D.P. will overtake Britain's this year. By 2041 it is likely to be the biggest economy in the world.ReplyDelete
Today it is only 30x higher..so from 1968 at 127x higher than Asia to today's 30x higher.
Only with a cohesive united US, will it be able possible to lead the world out of impending hell.ReplyDelete
That is Bush's current complaint, that "the Democrats don't have a plan for Iraq." Well, imagine if the Soviet Union was in attendance that day in June 1950 when the Security Council authorized the Korean War, and they voted no, so Harry Truman had to do it alone, and he bungled it. Then in the following November just before the mid-term election, he said the Republicans didn't have a plan for Korea. Guess what, when you fuck up, other people don't have to have any plan at all, other than to watch you go down.
The International Monetary Fund estimates that the Chinese economy is growing at a rate roughly three times that of the United States.ReplyDelete
Habu, you remind me of those people who won't let the cheaters in the right lane that's about to end slide over in front of you after racing past all the people who merged left early. As long as everyone is moving forward, be happy.
The minds of men were gradually reduced to the same level, the fire of genius was extinguished.… The name of Poet was almost forgotten; that of Orator was usurped by the sophists. A cloud of critics, of compilers, of commentators, darkened the face of learning, and the decline of genius was soon followed by the corruption of taste.… This diminutive stature of mankind ? was daily sinking below the old standard. —Gibbon, Chapter II.ReplyDelete
Gibbon wrote, "the most lively and splendid amusement of the idle multitude depended on the frequent exhibition of public games and spectacles." Orgies and circuses are not precisely the favorite pastimes of Western society today. But if you substitute pornography and NASCAR, the parallel is not so far-fetched.
Most people at the EB could readily rattle off the names of a score of WWII military and political luminaries.ReplyDelete
Here is a challenge: try the same with WWI.
WWI leadership was unimaginative and even less intelligent. The conventional wisdom held that victory would go to the side best able to tolerate turning men into cannon fodder.
The Bush administration is much like Allied WWI leadership, absent the cannon fodder.
If the US is lucky, 2008 may yield leadership of the caliber of WWII. While I doubt that, I will not surrender hope.
It's downright amusing that President Bush is on the campaign trail - as we speak - telling people; "a vote for a republican is a vote for security!"ReplyDelete
... what! huh!?!
simply, ... "no-good lite" and "no-good heavy" ...
As long as everyone is moving forward, be happy.
I whip 'em, whip em good ....be happy that the cheaters win? Not on your life kiddo....I make the cheaters pay. And I'm big enough and mean enough and tough enough to enforce my will. I spank 'em.
I wasn't raised to "let" cheaters win" and to be "happy" just because we're "moving forward"
To allow "cheaters" to win in return for "moving forward" is an oxymoron.
It certainly is a prostitution of the value system that developed this country.
Yeah I'd say you're still pretty screwed up.
Remarkably however I never get enraged, I just block their path and blow kisses to them..that really evokes some interesting jesticulations. Don't lose your head. Keep cool just do what ya do.
For a tad more insight I usually confront those who park in the handicap zones who aren't valid to do so.
Their reponse is usually, "but I'm only going to be in there a minute"
To which I repond,"and in that minute if an elderly person who truly deserves this spot arrives, it's not available is it?
Naturally they get, but I've nevr had anybody NOT move. If they hesitate I call the cops.
DAMN WELL SAID, HABU!ReplyDelete
Keep kickin 'em in the ASS, then, Spin 'em around and Kick 'em in the BALLS!
If they don't wake up after that, it's time to get rid of 'em!
Few things are quite as much fun as boxing in a speeder behind a "slow mover".ReplyDelete
Watching their frustration level rise, as you drive on, seemingly unaware of their growing anger.
But then again, I drive pickup trucks an SUVs at the speed limit and carry a gun.
... besides, the old reliable truck is paid off and has no collision insurance!ReplyDelete
... and it's always wise to carry extra magazines!
Tiger and DR,ReplyDelete
Nice to hear others are willing to do right.
Now down here in FL we have gun carrying permits and a "Stand your ground law"
If someone comes at you with bad intent, in a rage etc...you get to stand you ground with deadly force...it's law a'biden citizens paradise.
I carry a 12 ga Stoger double and a 1911A .45 ACP.
No matter how delusional Madame Rice, the Muslims are not. Before the ink was dry on the Franco-American UNSC Resolution 1701, the Muslims were violating it. Whether President Bush likes it or not, the Muslims will provoke war in an effort to consolidate power in the ME.ReplyDelete
“What is certain is that – probably before the year is out – Israel will have struck at Hizbollah in south Lebanon.”
“The big question hanging over an Israeli return to south Lebanon is whether that would provoke a war with Syria, Lebanon's Arab protector. The answer is quite possibly yes, but that such an extension of hostilities might prove welcome both to Israel and to the United States, which regards Syria as Iran's advanced post on the Mediterranean shore.”
Why Israel will go to war again – soon
A word to the administration: “Never put off until tomorrow what you should do today.”
Oh yea DR, in Costa Rica they pull that shit all the time. I usually straddle My Landcruiser and let them have to skulk back in. One time at night, two years ago, I had a two car loads of nicas try and squeeze me to a stop, one on each side. The plan down there is to take your car , everything you have, and kill you if they feel like it.ReplyDelete
In my cruiser I keep an SW99 45 with three backup clips, for such occasions, I emptied one clip into the engine and hood of the car on my right, reloaded and before I got my car side window down the car on my left cut back so hard and sharp to the right behind me, he hit the door of the other car load of nicas. Damn good gun that SW99. My ears were ringing for two days.
Thanks for the excerpts. I'm busy with Saturday morning chores and want to read the Empire Falls article later. I suppose I'll have to read the Vanity Fair article too, but I can imagine how that one is skewed.
Man is imperfect therefore nothing of man will be perfect. We will always have crime. St Louis and Detroit are controlled to Baghdad.
You're pointing to mistakes made in Iraq and the overall GWOT. Well, mistakes have always been made; The key is to learn from past mistakes and don't make them again.
One thing I've learned is that education doesn't come cheap. One way or another you'll pay for lessons learned.
Yeah that box'n in speeders is a gass.ReplyDelete
..and then watching them unravel ..it's better than P.T. Barnum ..I keep waiting for one to stroke out (without hurting any innocents..you know ..slip off into a tree at 75-85 mph. Let Newtonian physics take over. One less moron.
Whit< I am heading to Central America for a week. I will be checking in.ReplyDelete
re: But then again, I drive pickup trucks an SUVs at the speed limit and carry a gun.
There is something so invigorating about the mental meltdown of a traffic scofflaw; especially with the exercise of one's rights under the First and Second Amendments. It is a lesson in Americanism as envisioned by the Founders.
So are you going to posting or do we need a stand-in while you're gone. If so, we need a volunteer. I can't run this bar on a part-time basis and do it any justice.
How about Habu, want to cut and paste your thoughts on Empire Falls into a post?
Allen, want to put together some research on the situation re: Israel, Lebanon and Syria? I noticed at Der Speigel even the German Navy is complaining about UN 1701. The Palis are complaining that "no one cares" what they are going through. very interesting implications for the future eruption.
Come on Tiger, help!
Of course, I didn't mean to leave out the Desert Rat or Teresita or anyone else who would like a soapbox for a week. Some editorial control will be reserved and the Boss, Mr. Deuce, will have final say.ReplyDelete
I agree, whit, but I am not the one that needs to be convinced.ReplyDelete
Lessons learned in Iraq?
That depends upon who one talks to about it.
For, as I have heard oh so mmany times,
"The Military Option failed"
For most of US, that will be the Lesson. Not that the Military Option was a half hearted effort.
Catch & Release exemplifies the seriousness that was lacking in the enterprise, from the start.
Bush will bomb no Iran before it's time; but, he will bomb their facilities after the elections (probably in March or April) if Congress will let him. You better vote Republican.ReplyDelete
Talk about a cultural difference between the police in US and Central America. The cops that arrived to investigate the incident asked me if I had a permit for the gun, which I did. They asked to see the gun. There was a detective and two patrolman with him. They were admiring the gun so much, I asked them if they wanted to try it. We went out back and the investigation ended with all three going through a clip plinking beer bottles. I tipped them $20 each and they told me to call them if I ever needed any help.ReplyDelete
... Springfield 1911-A1, Glock Model 36 (what a sweet little gem - fits nicely, right in my pocket, by my massive "manhood"! - a 45 naturally) The AK's nice, folding stock, a few 30 rounders.ReplyDelete
... the Tigress carries the reliable S&W 357 Magnum and loves her Berretta Storm (the 45) more than me, probably.
... can't get her upset, that's for sure!
Is it just my computer, or is the BC down again?ReplyDelete
I will be flying today, but I should be Ok . Volunteers are always welcome.ReplyDelete
I had never fired mine without mickey mouse ears and never from inside a car. The sound was painful. But it does shock and awe.ReplyDelete
Most people at the EB could readily rattle off the names of a score of WWII military and political luminaries....Here is a challenge: try the same with WWI.ReplyDelete
Winston Churchill, at the Admiralty, picked up the idea of "land ships" which was rejected by the British War Office and put 47 of them into the battle at Somme in September 1916. So he was the Father of the Tank.
I know you're there...care to step up to the plate?
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Even Churchill made plenty of mistakes and was practically chucked out of British politics before resurrecting his political career.ReplyDelete
I agree with 2164, it will be horribly counterproductive to form up circular firing squads because of past mistakes (perceived or real.) The way out is forward. Besides all that, it seems to be that the MSM mantra of "mistakes, mistakes, mistakes" has begun to bear fruit even with the right. We have got to get past the air of despair. Endeavor to persevere.
Tiger has up some illustrative quotes at Observanda. If you lack the time, right now, to read the entire Vanity Fair piece, do read Tiger’s well chosen quotes.ReplyDelete
Link to Tiger
I have a list of honey-do's that are overdue.
I will post where time permits..I'll think we'll get by just fine.
Thanks for the consideration.
Whit, if you'll put up an email address for a few minutes I'll look around and see if I can find something I can mess up.ReplyDelete
Okay, so I read the Vanity Fair article and saw the Annie Leibowitz mug shots. The leftwing MSM is delighting in the "growing schism" between conservatives and the Bush Administration.ReplyDelete
Does anybody have a copy of the old "chronology of a failure" You know, the one where everybody is on board until something goes wrong and then the finger pointing and denials of responsibility? If so, I would love to see it again.
Add the Military Times publications to the list of Bush bashers, according to PoliPundit. As usual for the true believers, any criticism of the President’s exemplary performance must be motivated by malice and a subterranean Democrat agenda – what pathetic partisanship, which ill serves the military.ReplyDelete
The Skinny On Those Political “Military Magazines”
Just wait until Oak Leaf gets a gander at the Vanity Fair piece. “Traitors, one and all!”
I may read the Vanity Fair article later, but that guy, in my experiance, is lost in the 1800's. I've never paid him much attention, before; I doubt that I will now.ReplyDelete
BC is still down, for whomever asked, earlier, it's not just you.ReplyDelete
Westhawk has up an interesting take on the partition of Iraq.ReplyDelete
Iraq’s ‘Exile Express’ speeds up
A word to the Bush admininstration: “If your adversary has dug himself into a hole, don’t hand him a ladder.”
Better the 1800's then the 700's.ReplyDelete
You'll discount the analogies & examples, as well as the conclusions.
While the rest of us live in the post modern world of today.
It's the tattoos that exempify the new age, and the demise of Conservative values.
That and the fat of America's middle class children.
The email address for the Elephant Bar is Elephantbar@hotmail.comReplyDelete
“First get into a business you don't understand, selling to customers who barely understand it either. Then roll out your product without adequate testing. Don't hire enough skilled people. When people notice problems, deny, obfuscate and ignore. Finally, blame your critics when it all blows up in your face.”ReplyDelete
This quote reminded me of something. Wonder what it was?
Winds of Change
Check your yahoo email.
You know, I've been thinking about Balad. Some ex-Ba'athists, working with some AQ, were making life miserable for the local Shi'ites. The Shi'ites killed a couple of the AQ types. AQ/insurgents responded, the Shi'ites called in reinforcements, a battle ensued; and, AQ got their Asses kicked.ReplyDelete
Sounds Okay to me.
The "Insurgents" manage to get a new picture of the smoking remains of a car on TV every night, but every day we get more Iraqis trained up, and every day they take control of another province, another city, another neighborhood.
Sure, sometimes they screw up, and we have to go back in for a few days, or weeks, but overall they are slowly taking control.
Sure, the politicians are busy trying to figure out how to steal the money, but they DO have a Free Press, and Politicians ARE BEING REPLACED, almost daily.
It IS working, guys; it's not fast, and it IS ugly; but, it's working.
You know how I know it's working?ReplyDelete
Foreign Companies are lining up to bid on the new oil fields and infrastructure. They're willing to invest BIG Money. It's Working.
whit and deuce are correct about this ...ReplyDelete
we all know things are going wrong, but it's still fixable.
pointing out the negative is good in that it may stimulate solutions. it also identifies the culprit(s) and incompetent(s).
what seems to be missing still is the willingness to throw the buggers out and start again with renewed vigor. you don't see it with the Repubs (forget the tragic Dems). It's got to come from us!
No, no, no, rufus.ReplyDelete
The Iraqi we have empowered are not on our side. They ARE Islamo-fascists. They do not share the US's Goal of a multi Sectarian and multi ethnic Iraq. Plain as day.
Read the Westhawk link allen provided. And the subsequent links there in. The Sunni are departing Iraq at a rate of 3,000 per day, as the ISF takes over the Security role. This exudus will destabilize Jordan, the premier destination of the exiles. The Mohammedans are training in Iraq and then migrating across the Mohammedan Arc, spreading Jihad as the go.
There is, was, a basic flaw in the US strategy in Iraq. We are empowering our Enemy. Unless Mr al-Sadr and his cohort is now considered our Ally.
Perhaps the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution Iraq is really our friend and ally in the Mohammedan Wars, too. They and Mr al-Sadr call the shots, through their spokesperson, Mr Maliki in Iraq.
Name the firms rufus that are linig up to spend billions in Iraq, outside of Kurdistan.ReplyDelete
I'll be selling off those companies shares, ASAP.
Down in my neck of the woods, we've got the same problem with our university football team. Things seem to be have been off the track for a few years now. The fans and alumni are beginning to turn up the heat on the old coach. I appreciate that occasionally this is the only way to bring about much needed change and I don't have any problem with it as long as its done for the right reasons.
Russia will milk the Iranians for contract dollars, and when the construction is almost complete, the hammer will be allowed to come down.ReplyDelete
In defending Mr. Rumsfeld, the Republican leader has shot his party in the other foot.ReplyDelete
“ Boehner said, ‘Let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.’"
“ Blitzer replied, ‘But he's in charge of the military.’"
[Boehner], "The fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president…”
BOEHNER: NOTHING TO APOLOGIZE FOR
The President is right!!!!! EVERYONE else is wrong!!!!!
It has been my opinion that America's generals in Iraq and Afghanistan have been willing to feather their nests at the expense of their troops and to the detriment of the United States. Given the recent comments of Mr. Boehner, these generals are about to learn the price of prostitution.ReplyDelete
Rat, there was a big story a couple of days, ago, about a Japanese Company winning a bidding competition to develop the new oil field that's predicted to have a humongous amount of oil.ReplyDelete
Sure a bunch of Sunnis are getting out of town. If you were a Ba'athist, connected to Saddam, wouldn't you be hitting the road, too?
Look, the whole world (it seemed like) went "hysterical" when that religious Nut, Bush, was reelected President of the U.S.
People ALWAYS Vote their OWN INTERESTS. Period. They didn't have experiance with Democracy, but they did have experiance with the people they elected. Look at our own elections.
Alcee Hastings is liable to be head of the Intelligence Committee. Think about that one.
Democracy is always Messy; it's sometimes downright insane. But, it works.
Have you ever watched as someone defeated Cancer? How did they look a few months into the battle?ReplyDelete
What is the Cancer, in Iraq, rufus?ReplyDelete
Those brave Generals, like General Sanchez, have done a great job.ReplyDelete
Wonder what a botched Occupation would have looked like?
Yeah, rufus, my grandfather looked terrible after the Doctors removed his jaw, destroying his self esteem until he died, five months later.ReplyDelete
Saddam, and the Ba'athists were the Cancer.ReplyDelete
We've done the surgery, now we're doing the chemotherapy.
Sometimes the patient is terminal, despite the doctors best effortsReplyDelete
but it's not longer aQ or terrorists that our the object of our attention, it's the Shia militias.ReplyDelete
They oppose the Baathists, so why are we after them?
I just think we've finally let the MSM get to us.ReplyDelete
I'm looking at all of those provinces, cities, and neighborhoods in Iraq that are peaceful, and where the Sunnis and Shi'ites are living together in a cooperative, and secure way.
Some of the Shi'ite Militia "Members" are engaging in indiscriminate killing. Casey wants to (and is) go/going after them in a show of even-handedness. Maliki preaches to his constituents, as any good politician would, but goes along with the incisions. He did cave on the powerful dude (typical politician) and he did reject having one million of his constituents barricaded over this iraqi interpretor/soldier/? being kidnapped/going awol/?ReplyDelete
Who could blame him?
20% of the Iraqi population lives in Baghdad. Half of Baghdad's population lives in Sadr City area of Baghdad, a no go zone for US, now.ReplyDelete
The areas that have been turned over to the Iraqi contain less than 5% of the population.
All those "peaceful" districts in the south are, for the most part, empty.
Kurdistan of course, with it's 20% of the total population is secure, but they do not fly the Iraqi flag.
What does that tell US?
Look, Rat, you're right; this patient is pretty damned sick. But, it's well worth saving, and I think we can. At least, I hope we try like hell. He could be a pretty important citizen in the neighborhood.ReplyDelete
The areas where the Iraqis have the lead comprise about 80% + of the population. They're getting there.ReplyDelete
Afain, it's Dan Rather's fault. He and Walter, the source of all US challenges in the World.ReplyDelete
Not the Generals, not the troops, not the SecDef, not the President. It's all Neil Cavuto's and Bill O'Reilly's fault.
Biving the "Lead" to Islamo-fascists. That's the measure of success?ReplyDelete
Security in Baghdad, Route Irish in particular is the measure of success, we have failed at that for three and a half years.
If giving Control or the "Lead" to the Islamo-fascists is considered success, we could leave now.
But that would be a disaster, because the majority will kill off the minority, a failure for US Policy.
Mason Dixon has Burns - Tester TIED in Mt.ReplyDelete
Osama Bin Laden is an "Islamo-Fascist." Abu Musab Al Zarqawi was an "Islamo-Fascist." Ayman Zawahiri is an "Islamo-Fascist."ReplyDelete
Are you saying that Nouri al Maliki belongs in this group, Rat?
Without a doubt.ReplyDelete
He, Mr al-Sadr, Mr. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and the Parties they represent, SCIRI & Dawa.
All in al the entire UIA is beset by Islamo-fascists, take a gander at their names
The 16 other parties to the list are: the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI); the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party (both branches); the Islamic Virtue Party; the Badr Organization; the Justice (Al-Adalah) Party; the Islamic Hope Organization; the Hizballah Movement in Iraq; the Masters of the Martyrs Movement; the Central Grouping Party; the Iraqi Turkoman Loyalty Movement; the Islamic Union of Iraqi Turkomans; the Justice and Equality Grouping; the Reform and Construction Gathering; the Iraqi Democrats Movement; and the Free Iraqis Party.
Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI); the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party (both branches); the Islamic Virtue Party; the Badr Organization; the Justice (Al-Adalah) Party; the Hizballah Movement in Iraq; the Masters of the Martyrs Movement
Those fellows are all democrats, sure.
Afetr reading the Vanity Fair article featuring the neocons the old HST maxim,"The Buck Stops Here" kept looping in my mind....wait this just in...ReplyDelete
Man with 10-year erection may not get his cash.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A former handyman from North Providence who won more than $400,000 in a lawsuit over a malfunctioning penile implant may not get the money after a judge dismissed his claim.
Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton on Monday granted a request by the implant manufacturer's insurer to dismiss Charles "Chick" Lennon's claim, which his lawyers say will amount to $1 million with interest included.
The implant has caused Lennon to have an erection for 10 years.......ok where was I, oh yeah looping in my head..I think the Buck does Stop At Bushes Desk..however I think he moves it from one pile of papers to the other, or someone is playing "hide the buck" whichever it is the buck on the street only has a lifespan of about eighteen months ....man 10 years ..wonder if the guy wore a trenchcoat all the time?
Well, you definitely made your point on the "Islamic" part, but I haven't seen the "Fascist" part, yet.ReplyDelete
Look, is there a European Country that Doesn't have a "Christian" Democrat Party? Does that mean they're all wannabe Crusaders?
Need your brain and knowledge.
Why in your opinion have we since 1973 not been able to develop a large viable alternative fuel industry?
Is it big oil blocking the path?
Be interested in gaining some of your insight.
Islam is, by definition a fascist ideology.ReplyDelete
Everyone must submit to the "order" as described by and in the Koran, or they're not Islamic.
Christianity went through a reformation after the Crusades, and became, politically secular, the Mohammedans have not.
There are many Mosques in Germany, not one church in the KSA.
The government can help a little bit with some subsidies, etc. to prime the pump, but, in America, nothing is going to really work until somebody can make an honest buck off of it.
Oil got expensive enough, and the technology got good enough that it started to make sense.
Oh, and the Oil Companies Did Fight It every step of the way; and they still are.ReplyDelete
Right now, the oil companies are concentrating on E-85. They Really want to nip this in it's bud. Really, Really, Really!ReplyDelete
Right now, the oil companies Are Stockpiling Ethanol. They are doing this in part, I suspect, to Hold UP the price of Ethanol, and, thus, keep the price of E-85 higher.ReplyDelete
There's, also, some shenanigans going on with UL (underwriter's Laboratory) that I'd betcha a million bucks the oil companies are behind, somehow.
It won't work, though; the genie's out of the bottle, and it ain't going back in.
The "four military papers" aren't military publications - they are the publications of Gannett's Military Times Media group. Gannett is America's largest newspaper publisher in terms of daily circulation. In addition to numerous "local papers" (here's a list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gannett_Company ) they publish USA Today. Army Times is an official Army publication in the same way USA Today is an official USA publication.ReplyDelete
"Trade journal" might be an apt description, but circulation of the papers has never been very deep among individual service members. "Office copies" abound.
THIS needs more coverage.
I'm telling you, This could be HUGE!ReplyDelete
Chavez Could Lose. This march has to have a MILLION PEOPLE.
Good catch Rufus:ReplyDelete
That is huge, huge news. Unbelievable!
You all can be sure that the publication of an editorial by the most conservative publication in the world, demanding Mr. Rumsfeld's resignaton, would lead to its being branded as tainted by the true believers. The true believers aren't about to let their lying eyes fool them. It is, after all, the best of all possible worlds.ReplyDelete
No wonder the US is in such a sorry state. There are fanatics all around.
Iraq and Afghanistan are SCREWED UP. The buck stops with the President. Live with it. Sheesh
Uh, fellas, you remember that Fl-13 seat where the polls show the Republican (Buchanan) losing to the Democrat?ReplyDelete
Well, it seems as if the Pub is leading the early voting by about 4 to 3, and the Absentee Ballots by Over 2 to 1.
How well I remember the tenor of the conservative blogs at the beginning of the year. Yes, the conventional wisdom saw an attack on Iran in short order. Even the sagacious Spengler, despite reservations of the President's intellectual firepower, saw an attack coming in August, with a fallback plan calling for a strike prior to the mid-term election. Well, it didn't happen and it isn't going to happen. We must learn to live with that.ReplyDelete
For the second time in my life, the United States will be defeated by academics, political carpetbaggers, and effete dilettantes who lust for office, absent the skills or intellect to use power.
Real leadership competent enough to handle war is rare. Men like Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt are sui generis. While I look to 2008 for some indication of such a personality rising to public attention, I am not hopeful. Therefore, unless and until such a leader comes forward, we will just have to muddle through, perhaps slouching toward Gomorrah.
Washington was freakishly lucky he didn't lose his whole army in NY before the war even got going.ReplyDelete
We got our asses kicked everywhere we turned the first year of WWII. North Africa started out as debacle, after debacle; Italy was a Marc Clark clusterfuck.
Lincoln's Generals couldn't have won a battle with the Francs. He would have lost in 64' if Sherman hadn't made it to Atlanta. D Day was a Screw-up from start to finish, saved only by Hitler.
Wars are ALWAYS screwed up affairs. The only one we ever lost was the one we QUIT.
Adding fuel to the fire,ReplyDelete
In a major policy reversal, Washington’s special envoy for Darfur has confirmed the United States is backing away from demands for deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to the war-torn region of Sudan.
To be so screwed up, Rufus, the three gentlemen saw the country to victory. Of course, the three gentlemen knew the meaning of victory and meant what they said. I do understand that to true believers all were lackeys compared to Mr. Bush.ReplyDelete
Yes, war is one uncertainty and foul-up after another. When coupled with an utter lack of courage and conviction, defeat is almost guaranteed.
Assuming Republican victory in this election, what will the government do differently?
They'll take Mr Baker's advise and arrange talks with Doc Assad and Abracadbra, begging forgiveness and seeking their aid, to stabilize Iraq.ReplyDelete
Or perhaps they'll have US stage a Coup, Diem redux. After all that Course turned out so well for US, in 'Nam.
Meanwhile the Projectionists say the US will get tough, later, in March or April of '07, if Ms Pelosi gives her permission.
habu's time table of a preElection strike seems to be slipping away from US.
Tick tock tick
After the Election, the next "deadline" is 31 Dec'06, the reauthorization of Occupatioon.ReplyDelete
That'll be interesting if the Dems have the House, on the 1st of Jan '07. Means Mr Bush & Ms Rice will have to get a move on
That Diem Coup was a "Camelot" fuckup. From "the best and the brightest."ReplyDelete
Bush will do just about what he's doing, today. They'll probably make a show of stepping up the training of the Iraqi troops a bit. And, why not? It IS working.
He might pop the Iranian centrifuges somewhere along the way; but, he'll give the Euros time to become disenchanted with the "Jaw, Jaw," and time to get a little bit afraid.
Yeah, it's working great, for Mr al-Sadr and the gang.ReplyDelete
I'm telling you, This could be HUGE!
Chavez Could Lose. This march has to have a MILLION PEOPLE.
Puta, We stop and get this good news!!!