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Sea of Green

My apologies for not posting in over a week.  The aftermath of the Iranian election has caught me up fully, and I’ve been unwilling (unable) to take my eyes from it.  And what, really, could I add to the general cacophony online?  When things are so very fluid, there’s little to do but watch. Today’s [...]

Boosting Obama

Sure enough, the minute I say I’m going to be offline for a few days, something happens. This, though, is a really big “something”: SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq? Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we’re concerned. U.S. presidential candidate [...]

McCain and Obama: Both wrong on Iraq

Barack Obama’s editorial on Iraq in today’s New York Times is generating lots of dialogue. I’m really glad everyone’s covering the story so well, because it leaves me free to bring up a couple of things that are starting to bug me. First off, I’m getting frustrated with Barack Obama on the surge. From the [...]

A foreign policy quiz

Who, in June 2004, wrote the paragraph below as part of a larger Op-Ed? (See if you can answer without Googling.) Added to this justification for war were the potential benefits to the region–the ripple effects that a free and democratic Iraqi state can still have on the Middle East. Naysayers have accused hawks of [...]

Obama prepares the ground for Iraq

Gracious!  That was quick!  In my very latest post, I wrote: I seriously doubt it will be November, though, before Obama begins explaining how the changes in Iraq affect statements that time has rendered moot. Looks like he’s definitely not going to wait.  He’s started to prepare the ground now.  (Full post on this at [...]