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A Few Odds and Ends

  • Greg Mitchell from Editor and Publisher has a column out today praising the media’s coverage of Corsi’s new book. He does reflect on how timid the media was four years ago in condemning Corsi’s famously wrong “Swift Boat” book.
  • Senator John McCain, who denounced the swift boating of John Kerry, is silent about this new book “Obama Nation.” I wonder why? Again, isn’t this a character issue? If you, as a man of honor (which McCain says he is) know a book has published a pack of lies against your opponent are you not duty-bound to declare it unacceptable?
  • Juan Cole, popular blogger and Modern Middle Eastern and South Asia history professor, has an excellent article in Salon.com. He explains how the Bush administration’s policy of trashing international law has lead directly to Russia’s invasion of Georgia.
  • Pakistan continues to be a country that confuses me to no end. It appears that Pervez Musharraf may be stepping down. Pakistan is such a complex county. There are tribal areas which have no running water or indoor plumbing but then there are modern cities with the internet and movie theaters. Again, Juan Cole has a thoughtful explanation of what’s going on in Pakistan.
  • CNN used to be my main source of news. I’m glad that has changed. When they asked the question “Is Obama the Anti-Christ” then I think that they are sending me a message. Don’t turn on CNN. If that is the message that they are sending, I will listen to their message.
  • A real cease-fire seems to be taking hold in Georgia.
By |2008-08-15T20:42:24-04:00August 15th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Election 2008, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on A Few Odds and Ends

Al Qaeda are back

That just doesn’t look right. Al Qaeda is or is it Al Qaeda are? Anyway, more to the point, the Bush administration continue to tell us that Al Qaeda remains dangerous but it appears that we aren’t doing anything to decrease that danger. It appeared that we tried to bomb an Al Qaeda outpost in Pakistan and instead bombed some Pakistani soldiers. Look for me it is very simple, if Al Qaeda cause 9/11 we need to hunt down these guys no matter where they are. If they surrender, then they will be put on trial. If they don’t they should be shot. It is very simple.

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From NYT:

Late last year, top Bush administration officials decided to take a step they had long resisted. They drafted a secret plan to make it easer for the Pentagon’s Special Operations forces to launch missions into the snow-capped mountains of Pakistan to capture or kill top leaders of Al Qaeda.

Intelligence reports for more than a year had been streaming in about Osama bin Laden’s terrorism network rebuilding in the Pakistani tribal areas, a problem that had been exacerbated by years of missteps in Washington and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, sharp policy disagreements, and turf battles between American counterterrorism agencies. (more…)

By |2008-06-30T01:48:02-04:00June 30th, 2008|Al Qaeda, Bush Administration|Comments Off on Al Qaeda are back
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