Archive for the Iraq Category

Niner 11: Revisiting The First Draft Of History (September 12, 2016)

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Terrorism, Terrorism-Free Month - June, The "Terrorist Tax", War on September 12, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015)

World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)

Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 3, 2015)

Iraq:  Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Bulk Collection Of Telephony Data.  Again. (December 16, 2013)

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013)

The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)

Iraq:  AGFPT.  Iran:  AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)

Iraq:  Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*

Shop While They Drop – The $2.99 Sacrifice (May 7, 2007)

Gettysburg and Iraq (October 30, 2006)

Staying the Collision Course In Iraq and The Mid-East (September 25, 2006)

Still Off Course (September 18, 2006)

The Virtues of an Iraqi Civil War (April 17, 2006)

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Those who cannot remember . . . .”  Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905)

*         “Did Osama win?”

#        “The War on Terror is over.  We decided to lose and we lost.  Definitely, definitively, decisively.  Now, terror in the U.S. is home-grown . . . by the U.S. government.  And the terror in the U.S that appears to be imported is predictable blowback and payback from prior U.S. terrorist activities abroad.”

*         “What goes around, they say.  At least something is ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ and also ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ today.”   

The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)

Posted in China, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Syria on February 22, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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8          “On one side you have Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the soldiers from the Sunni region of Iraq with some of its members d.b.a. (doing business as) ISIS or ISIL or IS.  They are the ‘Sunni Squad’.”

7          “Yet Saudi Arabia and Turkey really do not like each other.”  

8          “They just hate each other slightly less.  On the other side, you have Syria, Iran, Russia and the Kurds in the region who hate Turkey.  They are loosely the ‘Shiite Squad’.”

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7          “Turkey has cited Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and demanded that an attack on one member is an attack on all members.  Thus, Turkey contends that NATO nations must come to its assistance.  Right.”

8          “And thus join the ‘Sunni Squad’ and assist ISIS or ISIL or IS.”

7          “Challenge Saudi Arabia and lose its support for the PetroDollar.  Without the PetroDollar, the United States slides into second world status.”

8          “Or join the Russian gang and ally with the ‘Shiite Squad’ which is likely to be the winner if there is a winner.”

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8          “Now which squad is China supporting?”

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[See the e-commentary at Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy?

Drop A Bomb, Gestate A Terrorist; Drop A Bomb, Sprout A Refugee (November 16, 2015)

Posted in Book Reference, Iraq, Middle East, War on November 16, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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J          “The problem is the continuing and recurring problem.  Dropping bombs caused the problem; dropping more bombs causes more problems; dropping even more bombs causes even more problems.”

K          “Everyone is gasping and grasping for a solution without understanding the problem.”

J          “Everyone is so gripped with fear that no one is thinking clearly.”

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K          “When someone drops 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 google mega-tons of bombs on ISIS or ISIL or whatever it is and kills all the ISISists or ISILists or whateverists, what will result?”

J          “ISIS 2.0.”

K          “Yup.  I refer to it as ‘ISIL Part Two.’  Coming to a troubled region near you.  In 2024.”

J          “Those who failed to anticipate and prepare for ISIS 1.0 are not anticipating or preparing for ISIS 2.0.  And what if it transmogrifies into ILIS?”

K          “We are doomed.  Of our own doing.”

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[See the e-commentary at Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015) and Staying the Collision Course In Iraq and The Mid-East (September 25, 2006).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think Big; Think Long; Heck, Think.

What happens in the Middle East stays in the Middle East.

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”  George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia

There is no money in the Truth.

Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015)

Posted in Afghanistan, Bush, Climate, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Foreign Policy, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Newspapers, Russia, Sports, Syria, Vietnam, War on October 12, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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7          “They could make it easier if they wore jerseys with numbers.”

8          “The good folks could sport odd numbers and the bad folks could sport even numbers on their uniforms.”

7          “Or the good folks could use even numbers and the bad folks could use odd numbers.  Or use different defining colors.  Or stitch the sponsor of the team on the back of the jersey.”

8          “During the Southeast Asian War Games conducted in ‘nam, a ‘Stars and Stripes’ newspaper cartoon depicted two identical individuals in pajamas and flip flops – one described as ‘Friend’ and one described as ‘Enemy’.”

7          “Nothing changes.  Discerning one’s friends and one’s enemies among those wearing towels and sandals is vexing.”

8          “The great feud between the Shia and the Sunni seems akin to the great feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.  No one was right and no one really knew what they were fighting for and no one really knew why they were fighting.”

7          “The reality is that the enemy of my enemy is not my friend, the enemy of my enemy is my enemy.”

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7          “Most folks are more comfortable with what the nerdy folks describe as a ‘Manichean’ division into good and bad, or right and wrong, or us and them.  International relations are described as a balance of power and depicted with a scale.  A pint of water on one side can be balanced with a pound of whatever on the other side.  Yet international relations are more akin to multiple Calder mobiles strung and hung together.  Tug on one string and everything tips out of balance.  The unprovoked invasion of Iraq by then President Cheney and Vice President Bush in 2003 was the great tug that triggered the imbalance accelerating today.”

8          “Toss a rock in the pond and watch the concentric circles and the eccentric responses.  The lack of water in Syria and other places is fueling the fury.  A drought of water leads to a drought of hope.  The world is transitioning from wars over oil to wars over water.”

7          “And wars over currency.  Everything is out of balance.”

8          “Seems that global climate change is bringing about global change.”

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8          “For the U.S., ‘Iraq’ is Arabic for ‘Vietnam’.  For Russia, ‘Syria’ may be Arabic for ‘Afghanistan’.”

7          “‘Waterloo’ is French for ‘Waterloo’.”

8          “Or Esperanto for ‘quagmire’.”

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7          “We make decisions with limited information.  Look at who is for and who is against going to war.  Former General Wesley Clark suggests that the United States seeks to take out Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.  The Neo-conservatives in America want the United States to be mired in constant war everywhere on the planet all the time.  They keep getting us in trouble.”

8          “The bad folks.  Do they have even or odd numbers?  What color are their uniforms?”

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7          “Much of the fighting is a prolonged currency war between the United States and many other countries.  The United States is slowly losing the franchise on the world’s reserve currency.”

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[See the e-commentary at World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014) and Le Dollar – World’s Reserve Currency? (November 28, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Are they doing the watusi when they should be doing the hokey pokey?

Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015)

Posted in Iraq on August 3, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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1          “If you want ISIS or ISIL or whatever they are to emerge, then invade Iraq in March of 2003.  If you do not want ISIS or ISIL or whatever they are to emerge, then do not invade Iraq in March of 2003.”

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1          “Life is often so simple and predictable.”

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[See the e-commentary under the Category on “Iraq”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

If you want ISIS, first invade Iraq; if you do not want ISIS, do not invade Iraq. 

Fallujah or Ferguson? (August 18, 2014)

Posted in Ferguson, Iraq, Military, Police, Race on August 18, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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P          “In today’s experiment, we are going to show you some pictures.  Based on your deployments to Iraq and your awareness of recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, we want you to identify the pictures as either Fallujah or Ferguson.  Ready?”

S          “Ready as ever.  Hit it.  Ferguson.  Fallujah.  Ferguson.  Ferguson.  Fallujah.  Fallujah. . . . Fallujah.  Ferguson.  Fallujah.  Fallujah.  Fallujah, no Ferguson. Ferguson, no Fallujah.  Fallujah.  Ferguson.  Fallujah.  Fallujah.  Fallujah.  Ferguson.  Ferguson.  Fallujah.  That’s enough for now.”

P          “Fifty-five percent correct.”

S          “No kidding.  I had two tours in Iraq and once visited St. Louis.  Is that good?”

P          “We don’t know.”

S          “It isn’t good, is it?”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!

De-militarize the police; police the military

Iraq: Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Journalism, Newspapers, Peace Prize Nobel, Press/Media, Song Reference, Syria, Terrorism on June 16, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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1          “Iraq is the slow-moving car crash that has been careening into the ditch for over two dozen years.”

2          “The nightmare does not go away even when the sun returns.  The nightmare has not been on the horizon for years because it was no longer novel or sexy.”

1          “Now it is returning to our screens and the Neo-Con propaganda machine is flooding the conventional media with misinformation.  The Truth is a casualty again.”

2          “The Press was at its zenith in 1973 during Watergate and at its nadir in 2003 during the cheerleading up to the unwarranted war.”

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2          “The Bush Administration undertook an unprovoked and illegal attack on Iraq in March of 2003 at the urging of the Neo-Cons.”

1          “And ‘Another three trillion down the drain’ turned out to be painfully prescient.  And then Stiglitz provided the footnotes.”

2          “Three trillion dollars was a conservative estimate.”

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1          “The ‘Surge’ in Iraq was nothing more than short-term bribes to local war lords that was doomed to fail when the funds ran out.  The funds ran out and the scheme ceased.  The few additional troops were nothing more than paymasters and traffic cops.”

2          “Every five years, the Nobel and Pulitzer people should give a special award for Truth.  That fact is lost in the fog.  A second surge is just as futile.”

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1          “The Neo-Cons are back on the warpath and urging a second surge.  Someone with one of the conventional media outlets should investigate how many of the Neo-Cons’ sons or daughters have enlisted in the last dozen years.”

2          “The Neo-Cons themselves are cowards, draft dodgers and chicken hawks.  And they are too busy investing in war stocks.”

1          “The Neo-Cons or some conventional media mouth pieces?”

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[Some citizens are interested in presenting eco-nomics as a counterpoise to e-con-omics.  http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-05-29/rewriting-economics-what-is-taught-matters.%5D

Bumper stickers of the week:

Gods don’t kill people.  People with Gods kill people.

“Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics, And the Catholics hate the Protestants . . . .”  Tom Lehrer, “National Brotherhood Week.”  “Oh, the Sunnis hate the . . . .”

“Iraq” is Arabic for “Vietnam.”