I put this under "why can't we do that" because I'm trying to help people understand my one mantra in Iraq: There Is No "Winning" There. Steve asks a really good question about two officers who recently were killed in Iraq:
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This may very well be nothing but an insignificant bit of urban crime. But look at the players, examine the scenario, and tell me if this shouldn't have gotten just a little more attention perhaps? Albuquerque Tribune:
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Sean-Paul has got the goods. He's the expert when it comes to Iran; I don't claim to know too much about internal Iranian politics, but from what I can tell from his post and links, the results are a "mixed bag." I hope the Iranian people can find what they're looking for in their newest elected officials, and I'm glad that at least some reformers and "progressives" were both allowed to run, and victorious. Read more about Iranian Election Update
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday he would support a temporary troop increase in Iraq only if it were part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by early 2008.
"If the commanders on the ground said this is just for a short period of time, we'll go along with that," said Reid, D-Nev., citing a time frame such as two months to three months. But a period longer than that, such as 18 months to 24 months, would be unacceptable, he said.
Well, it's beginning to look a lot like this "surge" that mysteriously became part of BCW is going kill off a few more tens of thousands, as Bush continues his quest to evade a final accounting for the Iraq Clusterfuck, the botched epic of his misrule. (Although, give the guy credit, the central front on his war on Democrats in 2002, 2004, 2006.) I'd say Bush's "Ahab-like" quest, but Ahab, crazed as he was, actually found what he was looking for, unlike Our George. Read more about So much for the adults
The collective groan on the Intertubes this morning is a response to Time magazine's decision to name you (yeah, you!) Person of the Year, a choice that's simultaneously corny, meta, and fairly reasonable.
As my mother-in-law says, "who's kidding who?"
The Rabid Right milks the memes of government inefficiency and Christian charity to rationalize fattening the nation's richest men and trying to widen the eye of the needle by offering Christianists a hearty swig off the much-maligned federal tit. Read more about Open letters to Jeremy Lott and Mary Cheney's Unborn Baby
Summary: Main Storys translated from the Arabic Language pages of the independent Iraqi News Service Aswat al Iraq (Voices of Iraq) in Iraq on Friday Dec 15 2006
- Al Sadr
- Al Sadr's attempts to reach out to the Sunni continue apace and appear to be bearing fruit.
- Two Iraqi policemen were killed in Diwaniya.
- A bomb exploded targeting an Iraqi army patrol in al-Halabsa village west of Falluja their vehicle was destroyed there are known to be casualties.
- Deloiya (Salah Adin)
- U.S. invader forces raided several houses and took into captivity several citizens, an arms cache was discovered.
- Car bomb one civilian killed.
- Gunmen "dressed in police uniform" killed Sheikh Mohsen al-Kanaan of Bani Tamim tribe and two of his escorts.
- Three people carrying Iranian nationality documents arrested for illegally entering Iraq.
- Three U.S. invader army troops were killed and two others wounded in military operations in Anbar and Ninewa.
Most Important Story:
This is a very big story. The story is about Muqtada al-Sadr supporting the "Iraqi People's Support Conference" in Istanbul. This was the Sunni conference held in Istanbul yesterday and the day before. Read more about News From Iraq Friday 15th Saturday 16th Translated from Arabic
Or maybe they really, really love them, it's just that beating them is how they show that. Who knows...
Lucky us, a new version of Dare to Discipline is out.
And we wonder why torture is now the new normal. It's the abuse of power, stupid.