Category Archives: Iraq Civil War

Assuming Perpetual War

Just like in that George Orwell novel we’ve always been at war – and we got the omnipresent government surveillance he predicted too, and public mind control, or at least Fox News and Nike commercials, and a political system under … Continue reading

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Perpetual Stalemate

Out here in Hollywood almost everyone seems to be a screenwriter – it’s just a local thing. You have one in the drawer, or if not an actual screenplay, a treatment – four or five pages of what the screenplay … Continue reading

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War Weary

Okay, two days before the top American officials in Iraq – General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker – are to brief Congress on the prospects for further reductions in our troop presence in Iraq, on Sunday, April 6, we … Continue reading

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Tolerance for the dangerously absurd is the lifeblood of the two most popular comedy shows on cable television, Jon Stewart’s Daily Report, and Steve Colbert channeling a version of Bill O’Reilly on his show, The Colbert Report. The latter just … Continue reading

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Simultaneous End Games

If March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb – as the useless bit of folk wisdom goes. The opposite is supposed to be equally true. This seems to have something to do with weather in … Continue reading

Posted in Complexity, Couldn't Be So, Florida Primary, Hillary Clinton, HUD, Iran, Iraq, Iraq Civil War, Michigan Primary, Muqtada al-Sadr, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Power Struggles, Presidential Hopefuls, Shiite versus Shiite, The Sixth Year of the War, The War, Wiretapping | 1 Comment

The New War for Something or Other

Saturday, March 29, and the news out of Iraq, via the Associated Press, was not good: Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers Saturday to defy government orders to surrender their weapons, as U.S. jets struck Shiite extremists … Continue reading

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The Artificially Calamitous and the Actually Disastrous

Oh, do come along for the ride.  No talk of Hillary and Barack – it seems obvious to many of us that she will soon declare Obama unfit for office and demand the nomination, as all that primary voting and … Continue reading

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