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Two Important Posts About Iraq

First, driftglass points out an obvious–although previously unnoticed–problem with the neocon claims that there’s is no civil war in Iraq:

About Those Missing WMD in Syria…

Jonathan Hari of TNR bravely went undercover and joined a cruise hosted by the National Review. That is a heroic sacrifice on behalf of the Coalition of the Sane, and no amount of satire could do that lunacy justice. But Norman “the blood of GIs is better than Viagra” Podhoretz brought up that tired canard…

We Didn’t Create Hamas, But We Did…

…help them win the election. Over at Thoughts from Kansas, ScienceBlogling Josh has a post about who and what are responsible for the current civil war in the West Bank and Gaza. In any discussion of the Middle East, all sorts of things will be claimed, but there is one awful historical fact: American and…

Maybe Democrats Are Just Stupid?

I used to think that Democratic politicians were trying to be too clever by half, and consequently screwed things up. Then I started to think that many are actually quite conservative, so they’re just reverting to form–most of them don’t have a tiny liberal inside of them, struggling to be free. After reading this exchange…

The (Very Long) Quote of the Day

I’ve said before that when you watch ignoramuses and authoritarians trash your country, anger is the appropriate response. driftglass explains why:

Friedman and the War Prayer

Let’s contrast Thomas Friedman with Mark Twain this Memorial Day. Thomas Friedman on the Charlie Rose Show, May 30, 2003:

I ask this seriously. Among rank and file Democrats, there is a common belief that Democratic politicians are being dragged to right by the need for compromise. But I don’t think that’s the case with Clinton: she is a conservative Southern Democrat without the regional accent. And the southern blue dogs have been pretty weak…

Breaking the Silence

A story in the NY Times about a very interesting Israeli group, Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika), finally got me motivated to blog about it (I’ve been meaning to for a while). Here’s one bit from the article that was interesting (italics mine):

Hear the Mighty Roar of the Peter Pan Conservatives: those conservatives who think that policy failures are not due to strategic, tactical, or logistical flaws but solely due to to a lack of will. It appears that this way of thinking has completely permeated Little Lord Pontchartrain’s brain. Neocon Irwin Stelzer had a luncheon meeting…

Interesting Gallup Poll

A recent Gallup Poll about support for the Iraqi Occupation notes something very interesting: Jews are more likely to oppose the war, even after party affiliation is taken into account. Gallup states, “It is unclear why Jewish Americans show such strong opposition to the war.” My answer?