Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Linkage

This morning, the House of Representatives is debating a non-binding resolution opposing further troop buildup in Iraq. This is a stinging rebuke to a President who is presently in the middle of just such a buildup. Nancy Pelosi just announced, further, that the war powers given to the President for fighting terrorists don't include the invasion of Iran. One anticipates a "Sense of the House" resolution coming soon.

Last weekend, a "smoking gun" display of captured munitions that proved Iran's complicity in Iraq's complexity was presented to the press at an anonymous background briefing, evidence which no military authority was willing to support. "Shaped charges" were shown, which apparently can be made in any machine shop, as they are simple. Stampings on the evidence appeared to be in Times Roman font.

More and more, the story itself appeared to be a "shaped charge."

As the story fell apart throughout the week, generals contradicted the briefing's conclusion that the munitions pointed to the Iran government. Shaped charges are used against us mostly by the Sunnis in western Iraq, not by the Shias in the oil-rich east, who are responsible for only 8 percent of American deaths. We should go after Saudi Arabia, not Iran.

The story didn't fall apart quickly enough to keep Bush from linking the imports to an Iranian revolutionary guard called the QUDS force, "a part of the Iranian government". But then it was discovered that this guard was under the control of Ayatollah Khameni, not of the Iranian government.

If the Iranian central government ever DID support the anti-Western forces in Iraq, we would be in serious trouble. Even more serious trouble. But Iranians are Shiite, as is our protege central government in Iraq.

The most sensible new way forward was presented this week by Joe Biden, candidate for President, who thinks Iraq should be divided into three regions, one Shiite, one Sunni, and one Kurdish. Let the central government be a federal government, rather than the city-hall type pastiche of empowerments it is today. This solution puts the Sunnis out in the cold, out in the oil-less west, and for them to get their share of the national wealth they will need to cooperate with the other two regions. Perhaps Baghdad itself could be polycultural?

The Scooter Libby trail has gone to the jury. We know he lied. Will the jury believe it? Evidence in the case will now support the civil litigation that Valerie Plame has filed against the man for ruining her career. And a possible impeachment of the Vice President, so that John McCain, who is bouncing up and down on his toes in the wings, can assume the mantle of darkness. All so quickly.

Meanwhile...

An Italian judge just indicted 25 American CIA agents
and 5 Italians in the kidnapping of an Egyptian they suspected of terrorism. An Egyptian court decided there was no evidence against him.

Bush interests have purchased a big ranch in Paraguay for him - 98,480 acres in the Chaco - and have made Paraguay a safe haven for our troops against any complaints of international law. So he will be there with them.

And on and on...

Three out of four Americans think our government is not telling the truth about 9/11.

Restoration...

Kansas evolves. (HuffPost.)

Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Elwood says the president can break the law. Until the Supreme Court tells him not to do so.

Florida ditches touch screen voting. Too many votes were lost.

The National Intelligence Assessment says we're damned if we stay in Iraq, yet damned if we leave. What would Dear Abby say?


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