Archive for January 10, 2007
“Study: 744,000 homeless people in U.S”
” The Iraq war has indeed brought into existence a New Middle East, in which Arab Sunnis can no longer gleefully disregard American interests because they need help against the looming threat of Shiite supremacy, while in Iraq at the core of the Arab world, the Shia are allied with the U.S. What past imperial [...]
“President George W Bush’s decision to dispatch another 21,500 soldiers to Iraq exposes a widening rift between British and American military strategy. The deployment will bring the total number of US military personnel in Iraq to 154,000. But as Mr Bush’s forces are “surging in”, Britain’s are trickling out.”
My former economics professor at AUB, who is now Minister of Economics (hired not for any talents but for an established record of subservience to Hairri wishes), spoke about the Paris III (the Sanyurah economic “reform” plan for Lebanon) on AlJazeera. He said–I kid you not–that yes, they will bring more loans, but those loans [...]
Did I not tell you before that no one–I mean, no one–knows the pulse of Shi`ite public opinion in Lebanon better than Michael Husayn Young: “Hizbullah may also feel the sharp end of Shiite discontent before long.” And while you are at it, please tell me about how Walid Jumblat surfs the internet at night? [...]
“President Bush’s new Iraq policy was said to be the product of weeks of meetings, discussions and analysis by the president and his national security advisers. Yet core elements of the plan were contained in a classified memo that national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley sent to members of Bush’s Cabinet on Nov. 8 — [...]
“Crocker was one of the most significant voices inside the administration about the dangers of invading Iraq.”
“President Bush’s plan to send tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi reinforcements to Baghdad to jointly confront Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias is likely to touch off a more dangerous phase of the war, featuring months of fighting in the streets of the Iraqi capital, current and former military officials warned.”
Sen. John McCain said on Fox News tonight that if the US were to leave Iraq that Zarqawi “would follow us home.” I kid you not.
“In the regular question we ask about all candidates – the question that’s the key to our general ranking: How good is the candidate for Israel – McCain is third this time, as he was in the last four surveys. McCain got 7.12, and was ahead of Clinton with 6.62 (they were virtually tied in [...]
“What would you [Muhammad Dahlan] expect from Israel. How should it help? “Stay away from us. You don’t help, you only do damage. Every time somebody on your side talks about ‘helping Abu Mazen [Abbas],’ they hurt him.“ (thanks Amina)
I was pissed. The rules of TV appearances is that you have to perform in a way as to be invited back. Since Sep. 11, my rule is to make sure that you perform in such a way as that they would not invite you back again. And I think I have succeeded in that [...]
The White Man is still obsessed with Zimbabwe. Ethiopia just invaded Somalia and US jets are bombing “terrorists”–of course, they are all terrorists, and convicted in a court of law–all those who are bombed form the air by US planes are terrorists–always–and the White Man is still worried about Zimbabwe.
What is the big deal with that new gadget that was released by Apple? I mean, I have all those features on my Sprint 6700, and more. I have mobile slingbox on it too. Does Steve Job want to brag?
“In opting for a troop surge, Mr Bush has ignored the message of the mid-term elections, the Iraq Study Group, Congress, his own top generals and most world opinion. US generals have difficulty enough maintaining current levels of combat-ready troops and are not convinced that more troops will make any difference. Rather than listen to [...]
For those who care, I will comment on Bush’s speech on Al-`Alam TV, 40 minutes from now.
Peace and freedom are at hand. Peace and freedom are at hand. I watched the speech by Bush. Have you noticed how more modest the aima are now? Just compare the number of “liberty” and “freedom” in his previous speeches versus this speech. The aim was the best democracy in the world, and now, it [...]
I am not making this up. Bush summarizes his new strategy: “deadly acts of violence will continue Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties.”
Read this interview with the (last) judge of Saddam’s trial, and read how he tried to dance around the simple question about the presence of “American legal consultants” (not to be confused with American security consultants) in the courtroom. Somebody translate that, please. I am busy.
Flash. Bush will reveal in his speech tonight the Iraqi insurgency has WMDs. Iraq will have to be “liberated” again. Lewis and Ajami and Makiya assures Bush that Iraqis would greet the “liberation” with…”sweets and flowers.”