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Archive for March 3rd, 2008

Bay of Figs

Posted by Charles II on March 3, 2008

Via Brad at Sadly No!, we learn from David Rose at Vanity Fair that the US supplied the weapons and the incentive for the current uprising in Gaza:

After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, David Rose reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, israel | 5 Comments »

Somebody’s Sand Castles Are About To Get Swept Away

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2008

There was a recent cover story in a Condé Nast publication that touted the wonderful (taxpayer-financed) investment opportunities in “peaceful” Iraqi Kurdistan. You know, the area that Turkey has invaded recently under the pretext of hunting down PKK fighters? (The Turkish incursion is what sent the price of oil back over $100 a barrel last week.)

Posted in big money, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, capitalism as cancer, international, Iraq war, Oil | Comments Off on Somebody’s Sand Castles Are About To Get Swept Away

What You Didn’t Find Out From The US News This Weekend

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2008

Our press was full of reports the last few days about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmendinjad’s visit to Iraq, covered in such a way as to emphasize the most allegedly inflammatory (and Iran-attack-justifying) rhetoric. Here’s what I didn’t see get mentioned in our news media during that same period of time — that our chief ally in Iraq is warning Bush away from launching an attack against Iran:

MPs warn against US attack on Iran


The Commons foreign affairs committee urged the Government to use its influence with Washington to persuade the US administration to “engage” diplomatically with the Iranians over their controversial nuclear programme.

In its report, the committee acknowledged that Tehran had suspended work on developing a nuclear weapon in 2003, making American military action less likely.

“We remain of the view that such a military strike would be unlikely to succeed and could provoke an extremely violent backlash across the region,” it said.

Furthermore, the Brits are urging Bush to talk with the Iranians instead of spitting on them (or lobbing bombs or more sanctions at them):

The UN security council is considering bringing new sanctions against Iran and that decision could take place as early as Monday.

But the committee warns they could prove counter-productive and provide Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a scapegoat for his economic failings.

The Commons’ foreign affairs committee had this to say about the likely result of a military attack on Iran:

16.  We conclude that the publication of the US National Intelligence Estimate has made a military strike against Iran less likely. We remain of the view that such a military strike would be unlikely to succeed and could provoke an extremely violent backlash across the region. We recommend that the Government urges Washington to consider offering a credible security guarantee to Iran if the Iranian Government in turn will offer an equally credible and verifiable guarantee that it will not enter into a nuclear weapons programme and improves its cooperation with the international community in other areas. (Paragraph 140)

Why is backlash a danger? Here’s why:

The main reason that US troops haven’t been dying by the hundreds each week in Iraq is not the “surge”, but because of the general truce imposed by Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army. This truce went into effect last August and was recently extended by Sadr, over the growing objections of his people, who have had to suffer attacks from both Sunni and rival Shia groups.

If we attack Iran, which like Iraq is a majority-Shia Muslim state, that truce is dead. Suddenly, 150,000 Americans in Iraq will be in a very precarious situation indeed.

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Flying Monkey Right, Iran, Iraq war | 3 Comments »

Tonight There’s Gonna Be A Jailbreak

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2008

How do you turn the iPhone or iPod touch into a truly smart phone or smart PDA? By jailbreaking the snot out of it, of course.

The latest of the easy exploits for 1.1.4 is here. Now if only Apple would provide a solar charger case for the thing, battery life wouldn’t be such an issue for those of us who like to surf the web.

UPDATE: It’s not a case for the iPhone, but it will charge it and pretty much anything else thanks to its multiplicity of attachments. All hail the solar FreeLoader!

Posted in Good Things, Internet, technology | 6 Comments »

Wingnut Slanders ACORN. The Poor Man Takes Him Down.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2008

Go read it here. A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

A quick note: I’m guessing that Special Ed was given his marching orders to regurgitate the long-debunked wingnut bullshit against ACORN as a tangential way of attacking Barack Obama, who has a longtime and honorable history of working with ACORN.

Posted in 2008, anti-truth, Barack Obama, blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, bogus "voter fraud" claims, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, conservativism, corruption, Flying Monkey Right, GOP bullying, half-vast rightwing conspiracy, mythmaking | Comments Off on Wingnut Slanders ACORN. The Poor Man Takes Him Down.

 
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