Monthly Archives: March 2008

A New Brother in Christ

"In his sermon, Benedict wove a connection between the resurrection of Christ and the sacrament of baptism, the initiation rite of Christianity. "…from the abyss of death he was able to rise to life. Now he raises us from death … Continue reading

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The Vice President does not care what we think.

"On Wednesday, reminded of the public’s disapproval of the war in Iraq, now five years old, the vice president shrugged off that fact (and thus, the people themselves) with a one-word answer: "So?" "So," Mr. Vice President? Policy, Cheney went … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics | 34 Comments

Bush is still “sure” about Iraq.

"In his speech, Mr Bush dismissed what he called the "exaggerated estimates" of the cost. And he added: "The costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq." The BBC’s Richard Lister … Continue reading

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Five Years On in Iraq, someone with a plan – Hillary.

"with the fifth anniversary of the start of the war approaching, some participants have provided in interviews their first detailed, on-the-record accounts of a decision that is widely seen as one of the most momentous and contentious of the war, … Continue reading

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LK on “The Butcher’s Cleaver”

"Dear Col. Lang — I’ve now read "The Butcher’s Cleaver." It’s both a remarkable and a very unusual book, with those qualities being inseparable, I believe. In particular, there is its pervasive, perambulating, almost dreamlike air — both in narration … Continue reading

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Israeli Outposts in Palestinian Territory

"Israel’s deputy prime minister says the Jewish state’s delay in dismantling unauthorized settlement outposts in the West Bank is hurting its relations with the United States. Haim Ramon told Israel Radio Saturday that Israel is not meeting its commitments under … Continue reading

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McCain ought to know better…

""Yes, I worry about it," McCain said. "And I know they pay attention because of the intercepts we have of their communications … "  Senator John McCain ——————————————————————- Members of Congress have access to classified material by virtue of their … Continue reading

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Baram on the AQ/Saddam Relationship

I returned last night.  Dr. Baram left me this thought concerning his opnions about the AQ/Saddam relationship.  After some discussion he has allowed me to post it on the understanding that it is a summary of his ANALYTIC opinion and … Continue reading

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IDA does it again on Iraq.

I know.  I know.  This is old news, like Powell, BUT the interesting thing is that "US Joint Forces Command," (JFCOM) a unified comand of the armed forces hired the "Institute for Defense Analysis" (IDA) to study this.  IDA is … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 21 Comments

AQI Commander’s View of his Position

I guess I haven’t left yet. A lot of people do not like MEMRI, but as I have previously said, one must differentiate between source and information and make independent judgments about both. We must not fall into the trap … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 8 Comments