In Iraq today:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi commanders on Saturday hailed a big improvement in security over the past year, while al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused the Americans of seeking to exploit Iraq’s oil wealth.
This made me wonder: Will the US military or CIA kill Osama bin Laden before Bush leaves [...]
Archive for December, 2007
In Iraq today:
At the Dallas Morning News, the most clicked story in 2007 was when a peace activist came to town and announced that she wants George Bush dead:
Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams came from Ireland to Texas to declare that President Bush should be impeached.
In a keynote speech at the International Women’s Peace Conference [...]
In presidential elections, I vote for the Republican. It’s a no-brainer. Democrats are for more government and more social control (except for woman aborting fetuses and gays getting married). Hard core liberals, as a group, are very intolerant. Just go to any of the big lefty blogs and read the comments. Or just read Atrios [...]
Michael Totten, blogging from Fallujah, Iraq, writes:
I hear criticism of Iraqis of some kind almost every day when I’m in Iraq. There is a lot to criticize. Iraq is a broken country. Its infrastructure and economy are shot, its political culture dysfunctional. In my experience, though, contempt for Iraqi culture specifically, and Arabs and Islam [...]
Putin this week finally picked the next future president of Russia, a Mr. Dmitry Medvedev. Putin found someone who he thinks will let him remain the real force in Russian politics when he moves over into the position of prime minister. In October, I questioned this:
There is one problem with this plan: It relies on [...]
Many Muslims have migrated to Sweden, and this has created problems in some cities. But I bet no Swedish Muslim women are involved in these anti-bikini-top protests.
Think of the cultural conflicts this implies within Sweden. Some members of Swedish society think that women should be covered from head to toe, while others claim that [...]
Vladimir Putin’s party won big in the parliamentary elections yesterday in Russia. I suppose that this is true:
The explanation for Putin’s popularity may be found in certain similarities to the man often credited with helping to bring down the Soviet Union. It’s not that the former KGB man has any policy preferences or even a [...]
I have often mentioned at NoSpeedBumps that it is way past time to normalize relations with Cuba. The Cold War is long over. And we have normal relations with many countries around the world that are not democracies. Americans are allowed to travel to these countries without US restrictions and trade is normalized.
The Democratic presidential [...]