As I say in the article, there isn't much wrong with the deal although just because it's hard to imagine how it could compromise our port security doesn't mean that there is not a risk.
My beef is in the way it was handled. And judging by this breaking story on Yahoo, the President didn't even know about the CFIUS deliberations until they were a done deal:
In.Ex.Cusable.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.02.2006 @ 11:04
The helo set down safely. The terrorist talking to The Mastermind specifically said he lost three men.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.02.2006 @ 09:45
Thanks. I changed it to Pullman.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.02.2006 @ 09:35
You read my mind. I thought about it today but decided instead to do it on the 22nd which is the date I believe we should celebrate the General's birthday.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.02.2006 @ 20:54
The fact that Fukuyama is - was - so closely identified with the necons makes his critique devastating in that he has given plenty of ammunition to the left.
I agree his analysis has flaws - I point out that he ignores certain facts in his critique of the war - but I believe his criticism of the neconservative idealized view of the consequences of their actions is spot on. The belief by Rumsfeld that the occupation could succeed with only the troops he invaded with has been proved wrong by events. Iraq descended into chaos as a direct result of a series of wrong decisions that were promulgated not by commanders on the ground but by pointy headed idealists at DoD.
Where Fukuyama gets it so wrong is where you point out - in policy alternatives. I did a post yesterday about the left's lack of alternative strategies after 9/11 and the same holds true for Bush's critics on the right. And Fukuyama's alternatives - what he gives of them - I refer to as "tepid Clintonianism;" the belief that the striped pants anti-Americans at the State Department can solve all the worlds problems if we only give them a chance.
I am for putting America's interests first, last, and always. And as an academic, Fukuyama is not.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.02.2006 @ 11:55
I agree with some of what you say - specifically that there are some hawkish liberals.
But your Brazil analogy falls a little flat. Brazil would not have been able to assist Germany in attacking the US even if they wanted to. Saddam's regime (while the al Qaeda connection is tenuous at the moment pending additional information that either refutes or supports that notion) made common cause with other terrorist outfits including the PFLP, Islamic Jihad, and gave finanical support to Hizballah in the 1990's.
Saddam, in short, had a record of supporting terrorism. Brazil may have been friendly with Germany but could offer her little in the way of support.
Are you saying that Saddam was an effective counterweight to Iranian theocracy and therefore was a plus in the region? I hope not. To have one's policy hinge on a homicidal madman who could have been overthrown at the drop of a hat would not have been very smart.
Instead, what has begun in Iraq - in what admittedly has proven to be more adifficult task partly as a result of Administration errors and downright incompetence - has in fact sown the seeds of change elsewhere. Chaotic and bloody as things are (and as they may get in Lebanon) what will probably emerge as long as we stay engaged will be regimes we can live and work with. They will most assuredly not be western style democracies. But they will eventually be a damn sight more stable than what they replaced.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.02.2006 @ 13:57
test test testComment Posted By Rick Moran On 16.02.2006 @ 19:09
Bravo Steve! Well said.
You might be interested to know that at that rally, young Hariri as well as several religious leaders condemned the violence and the burning of the Danish embassy.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 15.02.2006 @ 12:30
I did a pretty superficial search for examples of decoded JN-25 intercepts not being used for fear the Japanese would get suspicious but couldn't find any. I read in Spector's Eagle Against the Sun about what I seem to recall were some operations at Guadacanal where we lost ships despite knowing where the Japanese were.
But the Coventry case with Churchill is probably more apt and I should have used it.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 14.02.2006 @ 21:31
Ah Cato...what would I do without ya?
Be my red pen for Valentines day - please? (With or without the apostrophe...)Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 14.02.2006 @ 10:57
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