Just an aside: I highly recommend James Ellroy's "American Tabloid", a mind-blowing novel that embodies some of the theories surrounding the JFK assassination and related events. It's pure fiction, but gives amazing insights into the politics and attitudes of the time, and the interplay among the CIA, FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedys, the Mafia, Jack Ruby, Dallas PD, Jimmy Hoffa, los Cubanos, Hollywood... AND there's a sequel, "The Cold Six Thousand" that covers the period from the JFK assassination to the MLK and RFK assassinations. Really first rate entertainment. Fast-paced, hardcore, violent, very American.Comment Posted By greenchili On 7.11.2007 @ 13:01
I agree mostly with Rick and Michael R.
The late-entry hype gave Fred a huge wave to ride. He didn't ride it. His only real opportunity was to quickly capture and hold the lead by taking advantage of conservatives' reservations about Mitt, Rudy, and McCain. He blew it. I'm not interested in a president who can't make things happen. W has made some serious mistakes, but he beats the tar out the dhimmicrats at almost every opportunity.
You've heard the phrase, "I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid." Well, Fred's obviously not dumb, but he's looking pretty stupid by now.Comment Posted By greenchili On 7.11.2007 @ 13:36
"[...] you are describing a multi-generational imperialistic crusade."
It's not imperialism, it's gunboat diplomacy that started with T. Roosevelt (indeed, even before that) and has never abated. It's the only language tyrants and belligerants understand. We have always, to the best of our ability, used whatever means necessary to keep a lid on the world's hotspots and secure our (and our allies') strategic interests. There's nothing new here. Before Viet Nam, liberal Democrats were usually leading the charge (and Republicans were often the isolationists). There are very good reasons Democrats are no longer trusted with national security (though B. Clinton was not altogether terrible).Comment Posted By greenchili On 19.09.2007 @ 12:10
"iran has far more influence today than ever."
Yes, it does today, largely because of the misguided policy of not confronting them directly until very recently.
"i agree iraq cannot be seperated from the broader middle eastâ€¦although that is clearly what cheney thought when he dreamt up this debacle."
I don't believe he thought that...
Step 1: Afghanistan
Step 2: Iraq
Step 2.5: Iran (not occupation, but neutralization)
Step 2.5a: Syria (isolated, contained, maybe flipped)
Step 3: Hamas
Step 3.1: Moderate (sort-of) Palestinian state
It'll be ugly, but it might just work.Comment Posted By greenchili On 19.09.2007 @ 11:43
"Some are grumbling about Bush â€œkicking the can down the roadâ€ so that withdrawal will be up to his successor."
We're now building bases along the Iraq-Iran border, ostensibly to stop the flow of Iranian weapons and other forms of influence in Iraq. The other reason, not widely discussed, is to manage any blowback from the upcoming sea and air campaign against Iran.
The point is, the near elimination of Iranian influence in Iraq (if it works out that way) will likely change the political calculus among Iraqi factions dramatically... hopefully leading to a broad reconciliation. In any case, the situation in Iraq cannot realistically be isolated from that of the broader middle east, which seems to be rapidly coming to a head.Comment Posted By greenchili On 19.09.2007 @ 11:00
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