Splitting to win

The issue of Iraqi partition has now become more urgent after the US Congress called for a plan that is against the wishes of the Iraqi people. But since when has this ever been relevant? The essential Cat’s Dream blog posits an interesting theory. What if the idea of breaking down the Iraqi state is…

Iran won

Forward editorial, September 26: If Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s fire-breathing buffoon of a president, had any doubts about the contempt and loathing he inspires in America and the West, his reception in New York this week should have cleared things up for him. Should have — but probably did not. No, Ahmadinejad probably left New York…

Blackwater Fever – The Symptoms

A common disease among international contractors working in Iraq, Afghanistan and various other 3rd world hellholes. Frequently attacks young men with only one war or enlistment under their belt, State Dept agents, Former LEOs, anyone associated with an Ambassadors detail and occasional poseurs. BKWF has many symptoms; if you have the following you may be…

Us noble, you savages

After Ahmadinejad’s performance at Columbia University – and the dressing down he received from the institution’s President – it’s curious to note that seven chancellors and presidents of Iranian universities and research centers have posed some questions of their own to Columbia. A sample below (and they’re all eminently sensible): Why, in 1953, did the…

Death for pussies

America believes in the rule of law so long as it allows America to break the law. Noam Chomsky explains it eloquently in his forthcoming release, What We Say Goes: The United States is a leading outlaw state, totally unconstrained by international law, and it openly says so. What we say goes. The United States…

The Iranian liberals

My Iranian friend Bozorg Sharafedin, a newspaper editor in Tehran, has written about Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University: While many Iranians feel ashamed and humiliated after Ahmadinejad’s scandalous speech in Columbia University, a new wave of propaganda has been started inside the country praising the president for his new international achievements. Even while I am…

The MSM’s struggle with reality

New York Times columnist David Brooks personifies the disconnect between the Beltway and the American public. Thus, this is what we hear: The Democratic controlled Congress has reached new depths of unpopularity, but what they are doing is politically smart. Most Americans really want us to stay in Iraq. Bloggers are espousing views that most…

Utopia is slipping away

This is encouraging. More and more Israelis are simply not showing up for compulsory military service: Army statistics show the number of young people who do not enlist for military service has crept up in recent years to more than one in four men in 2007 and more than 43 percent of women. Some, but…