We have always been at war with Eurasia.
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there is a friggin' Iraqi idiot now on Jazeera saying that the security responsibility should be given over to the Iraqi Governing Council. Fuck off, this is not about American presence in Iraq. these attacks have nothing to do with the so called resistance. These are fucking idiots who destroying all the efforts to help this country get back on it's feet.It looks like Al Qaeda, both in the method of attack and in the wanton targeting of innocents. But wait, let me guess. It's actually good news that the UN headquarters has been blown up. It's the "flypaper" strategy -- after all if it hadn't been the UN in Baghdad, the bombers surely would have targetted someplace else. Thankfully we've engaged the bastards on our own terms.... Right. And we have always been at war with Eurasia. Speaking of which...
"We've got about 10,000 troops there, which is down from, obviously, major combat operations," he said.....Um, obviously. Except the Post gently reminds the reader:
In fact, the 10,000 troops in Afghanistan represent the highest number of U.S. soldiers in the country since the war there began. By the time the Taliban government had been vanquished in December 2001, U.S. troops numbered fewer than 3,000 in Afghanistan.This is truly unbelievable, even for Bush. OK, so he's not a "nuance" kind of guy. But you should expect to the president to at least know whether troops levels are up or down in Afghanistan since the war began. And what's more outrageous is that nobody's going to call him on this.
After all, accountability is really a matter of preference - if people are comfortable with the way things have been done, they will continue as such. Petr DrulÃ¡k points out that the issue remains volatile within our future political home, the EU: 'This is what divides (the EU) into two halves - the north and the south. From that point of view, we are in the south.'
With surprising speed, technocrats at Iraq's state-owned national oil companies are taking charge of reconstruction. And they seem more interested in obtaining U.S. Army patrols than in spending billions on high-tech services and equipment.A similar story, with fewer hard numbers, appears in today's LA Times. The occupation authority has cancelled plans to create a big international advisory board to oversee the Iraqi oil industry. An unnamed official with the authority says: "Once we got in here and got to know the folks in the Oil Ministry and the employees at the oil companies, it became obvious that the expertise was already there. So the advisory board just became unnecessary."
'The priority is security for our installations,' says Jabbar A. el-Leaby , director general of the South Oil Co. in Basra....
New technology would be nice, El-Leaby says, but it's not the first thing on his mind. "I have heard about it in the literature," he says of the latest gadgets, with a bored expression on his face. U.S. experts? "We have skilled people here," he says.
When I coined the phrase "big government conservative" years ago, I had certain traits in mind. Mr. Bush has all of them. First, he's realistic. He understands why Mr. Reagan failed to reduce the size of the federal government and why Newt Gingrich and the GOP revolutionaries failed as well. The reason: People like big government so long as it's not a huge drag on the economy. So Mr. Bush abandoned the all-but-hopeless fight that Mr. Reagan and conservatives on Capitol Hill had waged to jettison the Department of Education. Instead, he's opted to infuse the department with conservative goals.Oxblog's response:
But Reagan did all the same things then that Bush is doing now, albeit with greater pangs of conscience. The bottom line is that Republicans maintain a rhetorical commitment to small government but tacitly admit that their cause is hopeless.It's true. I wasn't old enough to follow politics closely at the time, but I seem to remember a rather ugly federal budget deficit during the 1980s, which conservatives, to this day, blame on the Democratic Congress -- even though most of the budgets in those years were proposed by Reagan himself.