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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Coward of the County


So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides
that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is

always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear.

But let us never fear to negotiate

--John F. Kennedy


Somebody once wrote:
"Hell is the impossibility of reason."
That's what this place feels like. Hell.

--Platoon
(1986)
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Cops and robbers, Cowboys and Indians. If she didn't get to play in the schoolyard, she is making up for lost time now. Everyone gets to play in Georgie Bush's playhouse:

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward yesterday, hours after the radical leader threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers
(Rice frames al-Sadr as Coward.)"

Ranger remembers 9-11 and the immediate aftermath. Both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney availed themselves of Cold War bunkers, holing up in "undisclosed locations" to protect themselves from airplane hijackers. Of course, both these sniveling jerks are heroes in Condoleeza Rice's book. That makes her one confused woman.

Now she calls al-Sadr a coward. Is this the State Department equivalent of putting panties on his head and sexually humiliating him? Is this a diplomatic initiative? New State Department etiquette?

Reuters reported yesterday, "
China must stop cursing the Dalai Lama and talk: U.S." Right. Do as we say, not as we do. Works well with children -- why not apply to the rest of the world?

"Public vilification of the Dalai Lama will not help defuse the situation," [Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte] said of China's angry tide of statements since protests erupted across Tibet in March."

"Through outreach and genuine dialogue, China and the Dalai Lama. . . can begin to bridge differences, explore the meaning of genuine autonomy and address long-standing grievances," he said. "

Sounds like the Deputy needs to advise the Secretary.

The U.S. claims it wants to facilitate consensus in Iraq but words and actions indicate otherwise.

--by Jim and Lisa

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7 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

this kind of posturing, especially when there is plenty of invective that is true about al-sadr is counter productive and dangerous.

al-sadr has survived saddam, the iranians, the saudi's and the israelis who have all, at one time or another, made attempts on his life. he is far less of an iranian stooge than al-maliki. he's nobody's stooge. he is also a survivor. if al-sadr gave the word tonight there would be 40,000 armed and angry men in the streets of iraq tomorrow.

we will need his permission and co-operation to leave without a bloodbath along the lines of la noche triste or bataan. it would be wise not to piss him off.

he has been the de facto head of state in the south of iraq for the last four years. despite two proclomations of "dead or alive" from sanchez and bremer.

while the bible does say "the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong" that is always how the smart money bets.

right now the smart money is on moktada.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 1:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger SPIIDERWEBâ„¢ said...

Sounds like the Deputy needs to advise the Secretary.

Oh, I'm sure he does and that scares the [expletive deleted] out of me.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 1:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

spiider,

Understood; the blind leading the blind.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 3:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB,

All of your points are excellent.

The true leaders of Iraq will emerge from the ranks of those who oppose the U.S., not those who are comfortably in bed with us. They will return to their homes in London when the real Iraq emerges. Or they'll hide under some other rock, living their life in comfort with stolen U.S. tax dollars.

Al-Sadr's power is that he is not motivated by money, and as such is an unknown quantity to U.S. policy-makers, since money is all the latter understands.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 3:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous tw said...

Al Sadr is the only nationalist among the lot too.

John Negroponte, Deputy Sec of State! So that's where he's gravatated to. This is one of the evilist men going. I think it was out of Honduros where he developed the death squads of Central America while Ambassador to Honduras in the early 80's. Ambassador to the UN 01-04,Ambassador to Iraq 04-05, Director of National Intelligence 05-07 and now Deputy Secretary of State. Nobody seems to be picking up though that when he was Ambassador to Iraq for one yr the death squads in Iraq were turned loose.

Could be just a coincidence I guess!

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous tw said...

Deputy Secretary of State. That means he's backup to Condi !

Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

tw, how quickly we do forget.
The Contra affair was a practice run for the present illegalities. jim

Friday, April 25, 2008 at 9:08:00 AM GMT-5  

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