|General Note to
In May of 2003 difficult circumstances in my personal life interrupted my daily work on this weblog. In March of 2004 I recovered the ability to post to it, at least intermittently.
Despite being unable to post after July 17, 2003, web surfing and some writing continued. Material originated during that 'quiet' period will be included separately in the indexes to this weblog, even though it was not posted at the time created. Much of the material originated as email sent to my personal mail list, but some was in the form of notes made for my own record. This material will be indexed as opportunity permits and fortune provides, so the 'corpus' of the overall weblog will grow by backfilling, as well as at the tips of it's various branches.
of this weblog file:
This index is chronological (earliest is first), while the the postings are in reverse chronology (most recent is first).
Contents of Prior Weblog File (Archived)Weblog, 2004-03-24, Wodin's Day
NeoMedieval Dominion (cont'd.)Weblog, 2004-03-27, Saturn's Day
The Liberal Philosophy of Personal ResponsibilityWeblog, 2004-03-29, Moon Day
The Iraq War - Situation and Prospects = No improvementWeblog, 2004-04-12, Moon Day
The Man Who Knew - John O'Neill and bin Laden's Al Qaeda
(Barbara Bodine, though originally rumored to be considered as a possible second level administrator of the occupation in Iraq, was excluded when the Department of State was frozen out of the "reconstruction" process by Rummy and Wolfie at DOD.)Iraq - My relief at seeing Generals Abizaid and Sanchez exhibition of good sense and credible statements (log for the 14th) may have been over optimistic. The Generals may not have the support of the Pentagon, as an unnamed source there was quoted as saying it could not understand the reason for General Sanchez having put a hold on offensive operations in Faluja. If true, this is another case where competance in the field being rewarded with criticism from HQ. The question is, was the comment a leak from on high intended to subvert General Sanchez, or a passing remark by a low level Pentagon apparatchik?
More than a defeat for the Bush cabal, the Iraqi fiasco has exposed America’s glaring unfitness to play a leading role in a modernizing world. Its armed forces, in particular, drawn from a population that has been reared in a continental bubble of ignorance and white supremacist delusion, are incapable of treating non-whites as people.It is not a pretty picture, and I believe it is untrue. But the shallow recitations and protestations of concern for the liberty and security of the Iraqi people we get from Bush are not enough to communicate any other vision. The actions required to repair the damage and send the new message that must be sent are clear. Thse changes in tone, strategy, and tactics are described in my postings of the last few days, and through the last half of 2002 much of 2003 as well. They require a clear rejection of the language and ambition of the NeoCon ambition, and a renewed commitment to the values of liberal democracy that characterized the US response to the therat of Fascism in WW II.
The blooming of Iraqi national solidarity is in part a result of American racism and, at times, barbarism. Among the soldiers are men who revel in ripping Korans, who used sniper rifles to murder women and children in Fallujah, and whose commanders have refused from the beginning of the occupation to even record the deaths of the Iraqi civilians whom they purport to protect.
Even the British, who former UN Ambassador Andrew Young once said “invented racism,” are appalled and alarmed at American behavior in Iraq – conduct that threatens the lives of British soldiers in charge of the southern part of the country. The UK Telegraph reported the comments of a “senior Army officer.”
Speaking from his base in southern Iraq, the officer said: "My view and the view of the British chain of command is that the Americans' use of violence is not proportionate and is over-responsive to the threat they are facing. They don't see the Iraqi people the way we see them. They view them as untermenschen [German for “sub-human”]. They are not concerned about the Iraqi loss of life in the way the British are. Their attitude towards the Iraqis is tragic, it's awful."The US troops view things in very simplistic terms. It seems hard for them to reconcile subtleties between who supports what and who doesn't in Iraq. It's easier for their soldiers to group all Iraqis as the bad guys. As far as they are concerned Iraq is bandit country and everybody is out to kill them."
. . . we may have a whole new blockbuster, The Passion of Blair and Bush, with dramatic, twin, trans-Atlantic political crucifixions. Like the Mel Gibson film, it could be passed off as a soul-saving sacrifice, a message of love drowned by blood. Somehow, one can't see the box office buying it.The Sadr rabble "Mahdi's army" control of Shia cities South of Baghdad received increasing attention: according to some reports police stations and government buildings in Kufa and Kut are or were controlled by Sadr's militia. Sadr's rabble militia has been executing street vendors with impunity in Basra, and has siezed police stations in Baghdad. Nasiriyah's streets are patrolled by the militia, which is ignored by the official Iraqi police in nominal there, while the Italian occupation forces have withdrawn to the other side of the river - a year and a week or so after a bloody battle to cross those bridges and gain control of the city.
Lauren Verruni, 15 going on 16, writes from Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania: Funny newsletter today - I thought the fake boomerang emails were hilarious. I would like to comment on the fake peep action alert though. I no longer eat peeps because they are made with gelatin, which comes from boiled animal parts, like skin and bones. No joke! If you or your readers would like to know how real peeps are treated (the non-marshmallow kind that is), go to this site: http://www.factoryfarming.com . As you can see, in intensive farming operations, God's creatures are treated like nothing more than egg, meat, and milk producing machines.... Animals are being abused and killed every day because people aren't aware of of how much their everyday activites affect them. Check out these sites for more information on how to live a more compassionate lifestyle: http://www.All-Creatures.org and http://www.JesusVeg.com . Please, do every thing you can in your daily lives to apply the Golden Rule to voiceless animals - Jesus would have wanted it that way. Besides, Easter isn't just about marshmallow peeps.
Lauren is 15 going on what? Nice
Maybe I'll be able to write like you someday. (Lauren
should have a web log; I think Arianna
"My experience confirms what Clarke relates in his book. The Bush administration did ignore the threat of terrorism. It was focused on tax cuts, building a ballistic missile system, withdrawing from the ABM Treaty and rejecting the Kyoto Protocol.
"Administration officials seemed to believe that the terrorist attacks on the United States in East Africa, and on the USS Cole, were due to Clinton's moral failings. Since they didn't share those weaknesses, and because President Bush had the blessing of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Justice Antonin Scalia, we would be spared any serious attack. Moral superiority would triumph.
"I personally believe that Clarke was one of the most effective government officials I have ever worked with -- most effective, but not the most loved. He has been described as a bureaucratic steamroller, and he no doubt ruffled some feathers, but who better to put in charge of counterterrorism? Unfortunately, he suffered the fate of Cassandra: He was able to foresee the future but not convince his leaders of the threat."
. . .
"Clarke's gutsy insider recounting of events related to 9/11 is an important public service. From my perspective, the Bush administration has practiced the most cynical, opportunistic form of politics I witnessed in my 28 years in government: hijacking legitimate American outrage and patriotism over 9/11 to conduct a pre-ordained war against Saddam Hussein.
"That invasion was then misleadingly packaged as a war on terrorism and used to sell more tax cuts, the USA Patriot Act, oil drilling in ANWR, exemptions to environmental laws and other controversial programs. Those who have opposed the misguided invasion have been labeled appeasers and unpatriotic for failing to support "the troops" -- meaning the president's policies.
"As Clarke has observed, the real war is against Al-Qaida. Instead, the Bush administration has involved us in a breath takingly cynical, unprovoked war against Iraq, under false pretenses, which it now uses to justify the reelection of a president who has violated the public trust.
Steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle atrophy, Cytochrome P450, DHEA, etc.and
Pharmacogenetics, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism,Adverse Drug Reactions, and the Cytochrome P450 Family
|Whoever wishes to preserve freedom in the years and decades to come must teach young people how to shoulder personal responsibilty. The success or failure of this educational task will determine if, and to what extent, we will be able to master the changes and the transformations of the social, economic and political fabric which will confront future generations. A social order granting its citizens freedom without coupling rights and duties must end in either anarchy or dictatorship. Every additional right in the shaping of society presupposes, on the other hand, the additional willingness to shoulder responsibilities"|
Don't let them fool you, folks: They knew.
They might have been surprised by the ferocity of the attacks, but the highest-ranking members of the George W. Bush administration knew before Sept. 11 that something terrible was going to happen soon.
Bush knew something was going to happen involving airplanes. He just didn't know what or exactly when. His attorney general, John Ashcroft, knew. His national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice, knew. They all knew.
And, in spite of its apparent ineptness, the FBI knew, too.
Not only did they all know, but they told us. Obliquely. And we didn't pay attention. Why would we? Then, as now, terrorist threats were a dime a dozen.
Is this my
opinion? No, it's published fact.
for the full article
|The Cloaking of Evil
Jesus vs. the Beast of the Apocalypse
"In this report, part of a series on the restructuring of Iraq’s economy, Iraq Revenue Watch looks at the national air transport sector, presently under foreign authority1. The report examines how Iraqis can regain control of this sector and its revenues. The official story is that American consultants are working to launch a modernized national carrier while the industry remains mired in Saddam-era litigation. IRW has discovered, however, that behind closed doors a contract has already been signed, selling off 75 percent of Iraq’s air transport sector to a single family without competitive bidding or public notice. This report serves as a cautionary case study for other state-owned enterprises whose fates are being determined in the chaotic aftermath of war. http://www.soros.org/initiatives/cep/articles_publications/publications/iraq_airlines_20040409/020604_iraq.pdf
The IRW argues that the secret deal is one among a number of suspect agreements that have occurred under the radar in a chaotic post-war Iraq. The report's authors caution that Iraq risks following a similar path as Russia, where a class of oligarchs emerged after the fall of communism by buying up state assets at below market prices.
"Controlling Iraq’s Skies" recommends that this contract be frozen and an investigation be launched by the International Advisory and Monitoring Board, as well as by the CPA Inspector General. The report also calls on the CPA to compensate Iraqi Airways for damage to its facilities committed by occupying forces, and fees for the use of its facilities. http://www.soros.org/initiatives/cep/articles_publications/publications/iraq_airlines_20040409
The neocons are attempting (and may likely succeed) to have the U.S. intelligence apparatus overhauled—not so that it provides more fact-based intelligence but to decentralize and politicize intelligence gathering.
Right Web Analysis: "Basic Instincts," Not the Truth: Iraq War Product of Neocon Philosophy of Intelligence by Tom Barry
"The absolute desire of 'having more' encourages the selfishness that destroys communal bonds among the children of God. It does so because the idolatry of riches prevents the majority from sharing the goods that the Creator has made for all, and in the all-possessing minority it produces an exaggerated pleasure in these goods."
Archbishop Oscar Romero,
"The Church's Mission Amid
the National Crisis," August 6, 1979. Twenty-four years ago
today, Monsenor Romero was assassinated as he celebrated Mass in
San Salvador. (Sojourners)
"The environmental movement didn't invent racism, but it's not immune from racism," Pope said. He has called on the group's membership to "rise above" the immigration debate, which already has attracted interest from anti-immigrant and even white supremacist groups. Otherwise, he said, "If we are saying the human footprint is just too large, they will suspect that we are saying the human footprint is just too dark."I have posted a separate note on this fight for the heart and soul of the Sierra Club at
Veepstakes: assessing Bob
With all eyes on the 9/11 Commission yesterday, veep prospect Bob Kerrey certainly got a lot of air time.
On display during Tuesday's hearings was Kerrey's distance from both the Bush AND Clinton records of fighting al Qaeda before 9/11.
Typically, when Democrats criticize the Bush Administration for failing to head off the al Qaeda threat before 9/11, Republicans hit back by saying that the Clinton Administration sat on its hands following the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Africa and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
One asset Kerrey would bring to the table is that he called for a declaration of war on al Qaeda long before 9/11.
As former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said to Kerrey during her testimony: " . . . you, Senator, I know, were the only person -- that I know of -- who suggested declaring war. You were probably -- in retrospect, you were probably right."
Kerrey, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient (sporting an excellent haircut), reminded everyone on Tuesday that he is as adept at turning a phrase as he is at handling a weapon. He told former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen: "We had a round in our chamber. We didn't use it. That's how I see it."
And he told Albright, in response to both Democratic and Republican footdragging: "I keep hearing the excuse: 'We didn't have actionable intelligence.' What the hell does that say to al Qaeda?"
It was precisely the kind of moment
that White House officials would
have envisioned when they called Kerrey a "nonpartisan statesman." Of
all the hopefuls out there, it's no accident that his name comes up
again and again -- let us refer you back to the Feb. 12 Note (LINK)
for our first crack at the case for Kerrey.
Now, don't get us wrong. There are definite downsides (from Kerry's standpoint) to putting Kerrey on the ticket.
Take Iraq. He's made some statements that are sure to leave Shrummy asking Tad to pass the Prilosec.
As the RNC's Ed Gillespie pointed out at Catholic University last week during his alma mater debate with The Macker, Kerrey told the New York Sun on Dec. 29, 2003: "It breaks my heart whenever anybody dies, but we liberated 25 million people who were living under a dictator. It puts us on the side of democracy in the Arab world. Twenty years from now, we'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says it wasn't worth the effort."
And, typically, the New York
says that "during a break, panel member and New School President
Kerrey described the explanations for not attacking Bin Laden as
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in 20 to 30 years only then will the US realize that it could've been avoided intelligently while using the right institutions that encouraged true international support (and not so-called coalitions of nations - which even in some cases consisted of one soldier representing a whole country thus they were alligned with the "coalition"). It may well also be visible by the fact of a permanent US troop presence there.Which is probably a more realistic assessment than Senator Kerrey's "we'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says it wasn't worth the effort."
of prior weblog file: (archived)
This index is chronological (earliest is first), while the the postings are in reverse chronology (most recent is first).
Contents of Prior Weblog File (Archived)Weblog, 2004-03-13, Saturn Day
Love and Sleep, SwinburneWeblog, 2004-03-15, Moon Day (The Ides of March)
Across a Great Divide - There are fundamental(ist) differences between Europe and the US.Weblog, 2004-03-16, Tiw's Day
NeoMedieval DominionWeblog, 2004-03-19, Freya's Day
The DARPA "Robot Race" is in fact an artificial intelligence problemWeblog, 2004-03-20, Saturn's Day
Federal Regulatory Policy and the "Schumpeterian Hypothesis"Weblog, 2004-03-23, Tiw's Day
NeoMedieval Dominion (cont'd.)
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