Notes feb 16 2008
February 16, 2008 § Leave a comment
Hard time. A friend beaten to death in Australia, the continuation of the Bush presidency and
As of now I would vote democratic, but the spectacle of charisma and attack politics and the inability of the democrats to be clear about national security, the economy, the environment, and the need to manage decline, makes me wish for a saner alternative
These are more attractive. I hope Obama and or Clinton could lead the party, but I don’t see signs of it.
Iraq, from JuanCole
Patrick Cockburn explains that among the main outcomes of the US troop escalation (“surge”) was the Shiite victory in the 2007 battle for Baghdad, which has left hundreds of thousands of Sunni Arabs homeless and often in exile in Syria. He is also scathing on how the Awakening Councils are full of ex-al-Qaeda fighters who still despise the Shiite government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which returns the sentiment in spades. He points out that the era of good feeling in Washington DC and New York about Iraq is part of a cycle of unfounded optimism that has much more to do with US politics than the squalid situation on the ground in Iraq.