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Picking up a few loose ones … Armenia Back in August we heard about the incipient rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey that was to culminate in an imminent restoration of diplomatic relations. On October 10, after a last-minute dispute over wording was resolved with input (shall we say) from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the […]

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Liberation

Happy Birthday, Miss Ion Accomplished! Five years old today. You’ve gotten so big I hardly recognize you. Freedom is on the march everywhere. In my town, starting today you can look just about anywhere and smile into the camera. A friendly Homeland Security employee will take note. Feel free to give the “thumbs up” sign—they […]

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Pseudoregrets

Another year, another anniversary of the Iraq invasion, and another dreary round of self-justifications from so-called liberals for having supported it. Glenn Greenwald discusses the drivel that came out of a Slate series of articles by the usual pundits and comes to a sad conclusion: [N]ot a single one of them appears to have learned […]

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Marching

The Iraq war protest on Saturday was much smaller than in January, and there were more counterprotesters lining a section of the route to engage in colloquy (ahem) with the antiwar folk. The most common preprinted prowar signs said “PEACE THRU STRENGTH” and “BETTER THERE THAN HERE.” But one hand-drawn sign said it all, really, […]

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Libbyphilia

It’s been a banner week over at the Washington Post. On Monday they run a rotten op-ed piece pooh-poohing the Armenian genocide (more on that later this week). And today’s Post brings a truly execrable editorial on the Libby verdict. The editorialist (presumed to be Fred Hiatt, head of the Post‘s editorial board) says the […]

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Protest

It’s progress of sorts. Both the New York Times and the Washington Post described how “tens of thousands” marched in Washington on Saturday in protest against the Iraq war. In September 2005, an even bigger march was characterized by the Times as “thousands” of protesters. Technically true, but oh-so-misleading. The coverage—scant and dismissive—provoked a massive […]

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Blame

It looks like Phase I of our new Iraq exit strategy is going full bore. The US foreign policy poobahs are now singing a new choral tune: “It’s All the Iraqis’ Fault.” It’s the 2006 version of the smash hit that topped the charts in January 1973, “Peace with Honor.” With even less honor.

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Willpower

Ever since the news of the foiled alleged liquid-explosive multiple-airliner plot in the UK, I’ve been racking my brain trying to recall where I’d read that the primary approach to terrorism should be internationally cooperative police work, not large-scale military operations, but that this notion had been discredited. Here we seemed to have an instance of such […]

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Clarification

Yesterday I asked a quasi-rhetorical question: … but would this administration be smart enough to accept the invitation to depart? This obviously assumes the US has the best interests of Iraqis at heart. There are several competing assumptions: The Iraq invasion was actually an imperial venture. Thus the rationale for staying is the creation of “forward bases,” […]

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Glimmers

… of hope: Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has told an Australian newspaper that he believes the Iraqis will soon ask the US to leave their country. This would certainly moot the fatuous “cut and run” talk—but would this administration be smart enough to accept the invitation to depart? … of sanity: Hamas […]

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