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Politics served up with a smile... And a stilletto.



Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:08:19 +0000

 



By: Mazzula

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 21:18:18 +0000

If you want to know what the stakes are in the Middle East, just look at Korea. North and South Korea have very similar cultures, the dramatic difference in their outcomes arises because we defended democracy in South Korea, but withdrew our forces from North Korea. It is true that we aren't especially loved by either side, but it is also true that South Korea is a net benefit to the US, and to the world, whereas the existence of North Korea is a net detriment. It is also true that democracy takes time. After France was liberated, even with its history of democracy, it took a while to restore order and to form a stable government. Tyrannies, even contained tyrannies, don't work out well in the long run. If the Middle East can be put on a road to popular self-determination--through free markets and free elections--they will quickly evolve in the way that South Korea has. Retaining their own ethnic heritage and culture, but as productive and prosperous partners in a peaceful globe. But I doubt we will be loved or even thanked. Just look at other places we have liberated from tyranny--France, Germany, Italy, etc. No love, and they now even feign to object to the principle of militaristic liberation, but still it was worthwhile.



By: Jim

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 01:46:06 +0000

I tire of McCain's 100 years comment being distored by the left and then I have to tolerate it from a RW site. Read , learn, don't lie and distort. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23390915/ Um...who said anything about McCain? Or his "100 years" comment. I know full well what McCain meant by that comment and have defended it on this site previously. But you are not worth the trouble of looking for it because you criticized me without even reading my post. ed.



By: bobwire

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 07:15:33 +0000

Irony is like black humour. Ever been to the cinema and been the only one laughing? Bring it on! I'm trying to reduce irony in my diet. Since men don't men(struate!), it can build to harmful levels. Rick, keep up the longish essays. I despise sound bytes.



By: bobwire

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 02:48:11 +0000

"We are winning the War in Iraq." this is news? haven't we always been winning the war in Iraq for the last five years? "The Iraqi parliament is moving slowly toward passing important legislation that would help reconcile the factions." Petraeus: said in an interview that "no one" in the U.S. and Iraqi governments "feels that there has been sufficient progress by any means in the area of national reconciliation," or in the provision of basic public services. "John McCain, who just got back from Baghdad, says we’re on the verge of victory." John McCain told a crowd in New Hampshire today that he's "fine" with the US military occupying Iraq for a hundred years. Rick: ...continuing an occupation in Iraq that...currently has no end in sight. Manic depressive stuff. Truth continues to be the first casualty of war. Irony obviously escapes you. ed.



By: Chip

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 21:28:36 +0000

Good news for Iraq. Bad news for Mookie. Finally. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/world/middleeast/27iraq.html?bl&ex=1206676800&en=53817004a2fa8d65&ei=5087%0A



By: kreiz

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 23:43:18 +0000

Rick, you're at your best when you hit the nail square on the head. Unlike many Hobson's Choices, the jam we're now in was foreseen by Scowcroft, Baker, et al., which means little now. We can't stay and we can't leave= and we're hated either way. Guess there's always deux ex machina- pulling a rabbit out of the hat. Which is about as realistic as some of our other policy endeavors to date. Thanks again for your brilliant commentary on the war.