Saturday, December 16, 2006

Chester and Pb

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hoist on Own Petard

George Bush is now well and truely spitted on the kebab of the Baker-ISG Report. The Report, which calls for a semi-permanent American garrison and control of Iraqi governmental agencies, and the privatization of Iraq's oil, blames the incompetence of George Bush for what has happened, and suggests that if the goals of the Report are not attained, it will be because of what George Bush does in the future.

Bush, a tool who would be as idle and useless as his daughters were it not for Baker's successful theft of the 2000 election, can only wriggle. If he is left with enough rope, it is only that he may hang himself.

He could, of course, embrace the members and conclusions of the Baker-ISG group, and turn to bi-partisan Congressional committees for the implementation of the best plans State and the Pentagon could develop. In a parallel universe, that is.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Our Leaders Are Morons, Part XCXXXIV

 SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR: We might go all the way back to World War II, where the United States continued to have discussions with Stalin. He was the enemy, not our friend, but we continued to have discussions. And I think we pretty much have to do the same here.

Who Knew?

Spencer Ackerman, at TAP, and Matt Yglesias, also at TAP, are shining.  Could it be because they're spending time together?  Read them for their wit and stay to applaud their conclusions.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

General Rommel Presses Deep Into Egypt....

Much weeping and wailing will accompany the 'failure' of the Bushies to implement the findings of the Baker-ISG Report.  Somehow it has escaped notice that the report gives the PNAC types all they asked for and more, now calling openly for the privatization of Iraqi oil.
 
In a nutshell, the cause of disequilibrium in the Mid-east is oil.  Attempts to cure the disequilibrium by erecting formal structures will be about as effective as attempting to keep a beach from shifting by building a jetty or a groin.
 
The United States could substantially reduce the disequilibrium by reducing our purchases of oil and removing our military from the region.  On the surface this would appear to increase the ferment, but in actuality the stakes would be dramatically lowered and market forces, if there are such things, would redistribute and diffuse the tensions.
 
This in fact is the most likely eventual future but, being moderately subtle, cannot be prepared for by American pundits or policy-makers, which will probably have unfortunate effects for the American people.

UPDATE- Tom Haden observes, on commondreams.org, that the Baker report actually calls for individual Iraqis to pay more for the gas and oil they buy- apparently it is impossible to overestimate the cruelty of our ruling oligarchy.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tobias Toebiter, Recumbent

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ek (Evening Kitten) Takes A Nap