Iran: Even Paranoids Have Enemies

Sometimes it helps just to open an atlas and stare for a few moments. I did so this morning, checking out the Southwestern Asia map (#98) of the National Geographic Atlas of the World (a handsome volume, by the way). And what you see on the page is something simple indeed, and yet I could … Continue reading “Iran: Even Paranoids Have Enemies”

Which War Is This Anyway?

“Every country and every people has a stake in the … resistance, for the freedom fighters … are defending principles of independence that form the basis of global security and stability.” “The war … was in itself criminal, a criminal adventure. This crime cost the lives of about a million [people], a war of destruction … Continue reading “Which War Is This Anyway?”

A Worthless Intelligence Agency

It’s well known that Washington was originally built on a pestilential swamp. Right now, the Bush administration is in the process of draining its own “swamp” of potential critics and doubters of any sort and installing “family” members, many from George’s (and Karl’s) old Texas days, others “adoptees” like Condoleezza Rice, ever more firmly in … Continue reading “A Worthless Intelligence Agency”

The Battle for Minds (Forget the Hearts)

Reality TV votes with its feet on Bush foreign policy: “[Bernard van Munster, the Dutch-born co-creator and executive producer of the reality TV show, The Amazing Race] continues to scout locations for the seventh season, more than ever convinced that the world is a far less dangerous place than it sometimes seems. ‘Everybody everywhere has … Continue reading “The Battle for Minds (Forget the Hearts)”

Four Times Fallujah Equals?

Dept. of No Comment (Extreme Wing) “‘The Marines that I have had wounded over the past five months have been attacked by a faceless enemy,’ said Colonel Brandl. ‘But the enemy has got a face. He’s called Satan. He lives in Fallujah. And we’re going to destroy him.’” – Lt. Col. Gareth Brandl, on his … Continue reading “Four Times Fallujah Equals?”

Blinkered Bush Set to Blunder Again

“‘We had to stop some operations until the [U.S.] elections were over,’ said a senior Iraqi Defense Ministry official who requested anonymity because he’s not an authorized spokesman. ‘The Iraqi government requested support from the American side in the past, but the Americans were reluctant to launch military operations because they were worried about American … Continue reading “Blinkered Bush Set to Blunder Again”

Osama bin Laden, Shock Jock

Looked at realistically, Osama bin Laden’s intervention in our presidential election was undoubtedly an act of immediate organizational weakness, not strength. Had he had been capable of orchestrating the bringing down of another American tower or its equivalent, he certainly would have done so, but it was no less ingenious for that. His last major … Continue reading “Osama bin Laden, Shock Jock”