Monthly Archives: March 2006

“A Note on Democracy”

I would simply like to go on record as having serious objections to the Bush administration’s policy of encouraging and supporting the growth of democratic institutions in the Middle East and around the world.There is little historical evidence that democracy … Continue reading

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CSM Article on Iran

"In the meantime, debate rages over how far Tehran may be from getting the bomb – something the regime continues to insist it has no designs on acquiring. "If it’s true the Iranians want a nuclear capacity for energy, then … Continue reading

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“U.S. Limited In Iran War Options”

U.S. Limited In Iran War Options: Experts by Katherine Gypson Mar 27, 2006 WASHINGTON, March 23, 2006 (UPI) — The Iranian nuclear crisis has become a hot and cold guessing game of hysteria and euphoria, experts say. In the past … Continue reading

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“The World’s Fastest Indian” A Review

Download worlds_fastest_indian.doc by Alan Farrell

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“Insurgency” vs. “Sectarian Violence”

There is an attempt being made at present to distinguish between the two terms in the title of this post. Without clarifying the difference it is simply asserted that Shia-Sunni fighting is one thing one thing and that the "insurgency" … Continue reading

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Permanent Bases? – A Bad Idea

This is the base swimming pool at Balad Air Base north of Baghdad.  The MSNBC article cited here suggests that this pool and the permanent buildings in the background are "evidence" of an intent to maintain permanent basing in Iraq.  … Continue reading

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Peace? What Peace?

Ambassador Dennis Ross, the architect of Camp David Two and the chief diplomat of the United States in the Peace Process, pronounced himself the other day to be of the opinion that if the new Hamas government of the PA … Continue reading

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Alternative Realities

This interview by Tim Russert illustrates something that has become increasingly evident, and that is that the senior leaders of the US armed forces have constructed a separate reality for themselves which insulates them from unpleasant and perhaps insoluble difficulties … Continue reading

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Operation “Swarmer”

"Operation Swarmer began early today with more than 1,500 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers, about 200 tactical vehicles and more than 50 helicopters, the U.S. military said in a statement e-mailed from Baghdad. Samarra is about 80 miles (125 kilometers) north … Continue reading

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Ignatius on Optimism in Iraq

"Khalilzad told me in an interview in his office after Wednesday’s session that the talks had produced tentative agreement on two basic points: First, the parties endorsed the idea of a unity government that would include all the major factions. … Continue reading

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