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06 April 2011

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Patrick Lang

GZC

A small amount in the context. The real money to fund Iraq's war came from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the emirates. pl

steve

Iraq has apparently answered with a firm "No" to any continued US military presence.

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110408/163434122.html

Patrick Lang

steve

Only a blind fool would have thought it would be otherwise. pl

arbogast

I very, very strongly recommend the currently vogue book Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer.

He makes the point that if our heads are empty it is impossible for us to process data.

Hussein is as foreign to me as the far side of the moon. But George the younger? He had and has nothing in his head.

But none of that matters. What matters is that Obama is a contemptible liar and opportunist who makes Nixon look like Mother Theresa. That's the problem the world faces today.

And the solution will have to come from the left. Obama has to be challenged from within his own party. I have been saying that since Summers was put in power. I say it again.

William R. Cumming

Obama will not be challenged by a member of his own party. Why? The DEMS and the Republicans have reached the logical end of their policy prescriptions. But I still believe that despite the shrill establishment of the OBAMA campaign apparatus it is possible that come spring 2012 the President will pull an LBJ. By that time a second economic collaspe, a disaster now fully documented in Libya and Iraq and probably Afghanistan will require someone with intestinal fortitude and the lap of luxury beckons heavily already for Obama as a former President. Strangely we might just see in NOVEMBER 2012 some kind of unity ticket given the fully evident problems of the US by the time of the nominating conventions.

I fully expect riots and civil disorders at both conventions. Perhaps they should again look to Chicago.

rjj

Obama has to be challenged from within his own party.

How about Ed Rendell?

Green Zone Cafe

Strangely enough, it was the libertarian candidate for pres and ex-GOP congressman Bob Barr who prosecuted the bank manager for diverting the money to weapons, back when he was a U.S. Attorney.

I'd love to meet him and ask some questions about Christopher Drogul.

different clue

Arbogast,

I fear no big-name Democrat will challenge Obama in any primaries. Even the well-intended ones (Dean, Feingold, etc.) are too stuck in political nostalgia for a Party which was taken over and destroyed from within by the DLC (now name-changed to Third Way) to believe in making such a challenge. Perhaps Kucinich will make a quixotic primary run. If so, I will work/vote for him all through the primary process.

The only credible effect I could imagine the left having would be to vote for some third party candidate or other in 2012. If so many "left" votes defected from Obama as to hand a default-victory to the Republicans; then the DLC-Third Way Clintonite Party rulers would at least be politically weakened by having a presidential defeat to their credit.

But the only way I can imagine any leftists feeling free to vote against Obama would be if the Republicans nominate somebody the leftists could endure as President for a term or two. And the only chance the leftists have to get such a Republican is to register Republican long enough to vote for such a Republican in the primaries.
(In fact, if a non-scary Republican mounts a primary campaign, I will give up on Kucinich for the greater goal of getting a non-scary Republican nominated.)

Hideous gargoyles like Palin or Boykin or Huckabee would scare me into voting for Obama again despite everything. And when I was reminded that Romney said if elected he would not put allow any Muslims in his cabinet, I put him on that list for his anti-constitutional "religious-test" standpoint.

If some gray elders like Lugar or Hagel or such were to enter the Republican primaries and win with massive help from crossover-Democrats and leftists; then
these disgruntled Democrats and leftists would feel free to vote for various third parties in the general election.

JohnH

Maliki taking on a role as a protagonist for Shi'a Arabs in the Gulf? Here's what he reported said during a state dinner with Erdogan:

فسارع المالكي إلى التصدي له بالقول: «تتحدث عن سنّة العراق، وكم نسبتهم؟ 10، 20 في المئة؟ لديهم رئيس برلمان ونائب رئيس مجلس وزراء ونحو ثلث البرلمان. لماذا لا تتحدث عن شيعة البحرين ونسبتهم 80 في المئة، أليس لهم وزن في الحكم؟»
http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/8979

Apparently there will soon be an Arab League meeting in Baghdad, where Maliki will raise the issue. Should be interesting!

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