"The OSCE focuses only on establishment of democracy, the protection of human rights and the freedom of the press. I am now questioning these values.
" -Uzbek President Islam Karimov
Can we really wage an effective war on terrorism by aligning
ourselves with villains?
Does it strike anyone else as silly that we've justified our invasion of Iraq with the removal of Saddam while pairing
with his Uzbek counterpart? Lack of political freedom and rampant poverty has tensions mounting in Uzbekistan(1 2 3 4
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Apr 1, 2004 -
Uday & Qusay's death - a failure?!
Salam Pax thinks the U.S. "wasted a chance to show Iraqis they really are doing something"
. Robert Fisk
asked in yesterday's press conference "Surely, the possibility of the immense amount of information they could have given coalition forces"
justified efforts to try to take them alive. The military had time, the element of surprise, special forces troops, and nonlethal weapons
-- so why did they attack with rockets and TOW missiles? Where is Saddam? Could we have learned more about Iraq's WMD programs? Is it better for the Bush administration to not have some questions answered?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jul 24, 2003 -
One in three French backs Saddam
Seems to me that it is one thing to be against the war in Iraq--Many Americans are--but quite another thing to root for Saddam to win over America. I had known relations between the U.S. and France had deteriorated. But this is mind boggling.
posted by Postroad
on Apr 1, 2003 -
Bush sets in motion 48-hour timeline for Saddam
and sons to flee the country. Then, Saddam Defies Bush Deadline
and suggests that Bush himself resign. Wait a minute, I think I see a diplomatic solution here that is in the best interests of BOTH nations.
Seriously - I think that, when Mr. Bush makes such an ultimatum, he himself should also be prepared to resign his post, especially when lives of - at best - thousands of people are at stake. Assuming that Saddam Hussein were willing to resign if Bush also agreed to do so (and I'm not saying that he necessarily is), would Americans (Iraqis) be willing to make the "sacrifice"?
posted by SilentSalamander
on Mar 17, 2003 -
Is it all about oil?
Daniel Yergin (The Prize
) discusses Iraq's oil after Saddam. I found it highly informative and somewhat surprising. He emphasizes the small role that Iraq will play in the oil market. By the time production ramps up in five years, Iraq will still be a second tier producer, grouped with Norway and Mexico. Not exactly the petro bonanza some predict. There are more predictions by this veteran oil-watcher.
posted by ednopantz
on Dec 8, 2002 -