The picture? I am thinking of a a new terrier (not necessarily a Norwich) to replace Ashby, the 16 year old who came to the end of the road recently. He got to a "place" where he couldn't walk. We think we will go to a breeder seeking a 4 to 6 year old bitch that they don't want any longer. Shelter dog? It would depend on the animal. It is on my mind. PL
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned against any international rush to recognize a Palestinian government due to be announced under a unity pact between the Fatah and Hamas Islamist groups.
Israel and the West classify Hamas as a terrorist organization and have no official dealings with the movement, which advocates the destruction of the Jewish state." VOA
Israel and its US ally have consistently refused to recognize Hamas as the elected government of Gaza. Hamas has offered Israel a hudna, a religiously sanctioned truce for ten years, but that has not been good enough for Israel to relinquish enough of its iron control of US policy to make that possible. IMO Natanyahu does not want a just peace with the Palestinians. What he wants is a peace without honor, a peace that permanently reduces the Palestinian people to a sub-human category and to the function of a helot class useful to a settler state economy. Natanyahu has now begun to threaten the annexation of the West Bank as punishment for the world and the Palestinians if we do not all bend the knee to him. pl
""He may be elected to be president of Syria, but he won’t control Syria," General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer, said in a recent interview with Reuters and the Pentagon's news service." Globalpost
I have seldom disagreed with Martin Dempsey. I admire the job he has done for us all. Perhaps the first General of the Army appointment since WW II should be made. Nevertheless, I think he has gotten this wrong. Assad will remain president of Syria and he will win his war and re-consolidate the power of the Syrian state in multi-confessional hands. It is a long standing tradition in the historiography of the Islamic World to rely on the analysis of Ibn Khaldun to comprehend the currents of history in these places. He wrote in the Muqaddima that ruling dynasties and regimes have a life cycle. They wax and wane. More importantly for this discussion, he divides the domain of states as consisting of two parts, one is the bilad al-makhzan, (retained land), the area of a state that is firmly in government control and the bilad al-siba', (the land of insolence). According to Ibn Khaldun, these areas wax and wane in the same way that the life of the state comes and goes over time. This process does not invalidate the state. All those participant in the life of such political entities understand the limits of power and regulate their lives accordingly. My life experience in such places as North Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, etc. support Ibn Khaldun's belief. IMO the retention of local power in some rural parts of Syria will not mean that the SAG "will not control Syria." pl
"Let’s find someone who is. As they might say in Hollywood, “Get me a Jim Webb.”
Mr. Webb is between jobs now, having decided to serve only one term as a U.S. senator from Virginia. A decorated Marine, he’s on tour for his 10th book, “I Heard My Country Calling.”
Jim Webb learned how to run something as secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan. He isn’t afraid to speak up to a president. When President Bush asked after Mr. Webb’s son, a Marine lance corporal fighting in Iraq, Mr. Webb said, “That’s between my boy and myself.”"
Yes. Webb would make an admirable head of the VA. He actually does have comprehensive knowledge gained in the Congress as well as the management experience and skills he learned as Secretary of the Navy to grasp the reins in the mess that is the bureaucratic world of "not my job" civil servants and kick their asses until they bleed.
On Candy Crowley's "State of the Union" show today Webb made it very clear that he will be happy to advise the new head of the VA, but has no interest in the job. When asked if wants to be president, he said that "he functions best when he has his own voice." IMO this is a clear indication that he is waiting to see if HRC will run. If she does not, he will run, and I certainly will support him if he does. pl