Pace-setter …?

Attention has been focused lately on JCS Chairman Peter Pace. First, he contradicted the White House over the role of the Iranian government in sponsoring attacks on US forces in Iraq. Now he has drawn attention to the readiness of US forces in the event of a third theater of conflict. What it means, I […]

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Walid Bek at AEI: 10 Thoughts

1) Begging is becoming of no man. 2) I think I counted three attempts to compare the Syrian regime to the Nazis. His passing reference to the annexation of Austria was my personal fave. The hawkish pro-Israel crowd at AEI must have been delighted to discover that a Lebanese would join Netanyahu in setting the […]

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Game Over …?

American officials said Tuesday that they had agreed to hold the highest-level contact with the Iranian authorities in more than two years as part of an international meeting on Iraq. The discussions, scheduled for the next two months, are expected to include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Iranian and Syrian counterparts. Actually, I […]

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Hersh, Redux …

I have already posted my take on Sy Hersh’s most recent article, but I wanted to collect what others are saying with respect to Lebanon. So, from first to worst: 1) Easily the best supplement and/or critique has been the anonymous post on the Josh Landis blog (some of the comments might be interesting, too). […]

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Whence Fair Reader…?

Don’t get paranoid, because we don’t (and would not) spy individual ISP’s, but I find it fascinating to see from where the readers of this blog come. Indeed, I always like seeing a new country or state pop-up on our bargain-basement counter. Some basic facts: About 40 percent of our daily readers come from the […]

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Liberation …

“They also have something of an equal chance to participate in the misery of a destroyed national order. A somewhat leveled opportunity to be kidnapped, to be forced into exile, to have their daughter abducted or raped, to have their father murdered, families killed in the suicide bombings.”

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Osama The Wise …

“All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahideen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al–Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America […]

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Hersh, (Sigh) …

Well, just read Sy Hersh’s new piece and must admit I was disappointed. I found almost nothing original in either content or analysis and believe the piece could have been written by piecing together already very public information. I was not going to post on it, until I heard Wolff Blitzer call the piece “explosive” […]

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A Looming Crisis …?

In reality, though, the pool is smaller: those sons who are not genetically Arab are handicapped (at least five of Ibn Saud’s sons had Armenian mothers); A possible succession crisis in Saudi Arabia does not get enough international attention. Too often, the House of Saud is taken as a monolith in discussions of Middle Eastern […]

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Joseph Samaha is gone

Just heard that Joseph Samaha passed away following a heart attack.One of the few intellectuals of the Arab world is gone…Here is Naharnet’s account, and I’m sorry but I had to link (and gladly do) from Iranian portal as there are more information. Here is Al-Akhbar’s text.I remember I thought it weird when Wednesday there […]

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Jumblatt parading in the Neocon’s nest

As sectarian tensions mount, AEI [American Enterprise Institute] will host Lebanese parliament member Walid Jumblatt, a leader of the Cedar Revolution, who will talk about these pressing issues. That’s being held today at Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.Maybe you could go Apo and tell us what absurdities our Druze […]

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Fathers and Sons …

Notwithstanding this episode, Bush 43 still sometimes drew on his father’s wide knowledge of the world. Though he refused to read newspapers, he was aware of criticism that his administration had been excessively beholden to a particular clique, and wanted to know more about them. One day during that holiday, according to friends of the […]

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Oh Brother, Big Brother …

We just a few weeks ago, for the first time, engaged in Arabic on blogs. We have what’s called here a “digital outreach team” . . . that is actively going on the Arabic blogs and responding to misinformation and disinformation and propaganda and rumors with facts. And we’re very above board that it’s the […]

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Military Revolt …?

“There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,” a source with close ties to British intelligence said. “There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even […]

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Getting Ready for War …?

“A senior Israeli defence official said negotiations were now underway between the two countries for the US-led coalition in Iraq to provide an “air corridor” in the event of the Israeli government deciding on unilateral military action to prevent Teheran developing nuclear weapons.” As I have said before, I believe the pro-war faction in the […]

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From the Vault …

“For the U.S. to get involved militarily in determining the outcome of the struggle over who’s going to govern in Iraq strikes me as a classic definition of a quagmire.” — Dick Cheney, 1991.

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More from the Idiot Nation …

Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq.And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called … the […]

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Too Funny …

“I don’t think this was a waste of public money. Many people will say so, but I think it is marvellous that the Government is prepared to think outside the box.”

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Believe It or Not …

I am rather conscientious about not posting something I find on any other blog, but this is really too perfect. I guess we now know why some Israeli military leaders think they dealt Hizbullah a severe blow, while others think the group is stronger than ever. I had thought the discrepancy was the result of […]

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Divine Strake …

The US has called off a low-yield nuclear simulation (Divine Strake) that was set to take place in Nevada. According to a Federation of American Scientists project: Divine Strake is neither a bomb nor conventional. Instead, the test is a detonation of a pile of chemical explosives to simulate a “low-yield nuclear weapon ground shock” […]

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