War is a Negative Sum Game

July 21, 2008 at 5:16 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

No one wins in war.

no one.

Iraq’s Maliki Supports Obama’s Withdrawal Position

July 19, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Posted in American politics | 17 Comments

…and more importantly, shows the difference between Obama and McCain. Republicans are trying their best to say there is no difference between Obama and McCain. This is the only way they can save their candidate from the total wipeout that will happen come November, to make McCain look no different than Obama on foreign policy. This will make it easier to show the differences domestically, where they think they can label Obama as a socialist (which is the current Republican talking point on Obama).

But alas, there is a stark difference between John McCain and Barack Obama when it comes to Iraq. John McCain wishes for us to remain in Iraq. Barack Obama wishes for us to leave Iraq. And in an interview for Der Spiegel, Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraq’s Prime Minister agrees with Barack Obama, saying:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says U.S. troops should leave Iraq “as soon as possible,” according to a magazine report, and he called presidential candidate Barack Obama’s suggestion of 16 months “the right timeframe for a withdrawal.”

In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine released Saturday, al-Maliki said he was not seeking to endorse Obama. The Illinois senator and likely Democratic nominee has pledged to withdraw combat troops from Iraq within 16 months if he is elected.

“That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes,” al-Maliki was quoted as saying. “Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of U.S. troops in Iraq would cause problems.”

Asked when U.S. forces would leave Iraq, he responded, “As soon as possible, as far a we’re concerned.”

How much clearer can you be? Marc Ambinder has more:

This could be one of those unexpected events that forever changes the way the world perceives an issue. Iraq’s Prime Minister agrees with Obama, and there’s no wiggle room or fudge factor. This puts John McCain in an extremely precarious spot: what’s left to argue? to argue against Maliki would be to predicate that Iraqi sovereignty at this point means nothing. Obviously, our national interests aren’t equivalent to Iraq’s, but… Malik isn’t listening to the generals on the ground…but the “hasn’t been to Iraq” line doesn’t work here.

So how will the McCain campaign respond?

Here is what John McCain has said in the past

One hundred years.

Maybe ten thousand years!

Maybe one million years!!!

Let it be clear the choice we have this November. A President Barack Obama will do what he can to work with the Iraqis to have Americans leave their country within 16 months (or so). I’m not going to be upset if we still have troops after 16 months. The point is that Obama will work at having us leave.

A President John McCain will continue Bush’s policy to have us own Iraq for the foreseeable future. The choice is simple, really.

Michael Gordon Begins to Set The Stage Against Iran

July 13, 2008 at 5:43 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

In a story about one dissident, an Iranian disaffected with the Iranian regime, who fled to Iraq and then to the United States, Mr. Gordon adds to the emotional groundwork against Iran.

While some details of Mr. Batebi’s biography, his treatment in Iran and his escape could not be independently confirmed, he provided a video he took during his journey, and independent advocates vouched for much of his account.

He knows he has arrived during a time of tension between Iran and the United States, and he said he did not want his story to heighten the conflict.

Mr. Batebi doesn’t understand, of course, that talking with Mr. Gordon inevitably does exactly the opposite. Mr. Gordon is the propaganda mouthpiece for the Bush administration and, more importantly, the Pentagon. He is the ultimate enabler, relying solely on individuals who dare not use their names. Mr. Gordon also does not challenge what these secret sources actually say. Towards the end of the article, Mr. Gordon writes:

But he warned that now, as Mr. Batebi joins an exile community whose rivalries are legendary, many factions would seek to recruit him.

Sadly, Mr. Batebi has been recruited by the worst of them all, the warmongering Bush administration. Thankfully, Mr. Batebi at least has some good senses:

Mr. Batebi speaks of working from afar for peaceful change in Iran. He recoils when asked about the possibility of American military action against Iran, saying that if the United States attacked, “I might go back and fight for my country myself.”

Mr. Gordon should take this into serious advisement as he writes stories to get Americans’ blood boiling to unreasonable levels to war against Iran, to kill Iranians. Remember, Mr. Gordon, you might just be advocating killing Mr. Batebi.

Why Does John McCain Want So Badly To Kill Iranians?

July 9, 2008 at 4:46 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

If it wasn’t the “bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran” fiasco, it is this:

Responding to a question about a survey that shows increased exports to
Iran, mainly from cigarettes, McCain said, “Maybe thats a way of killing them.”

Why exactly does John McCain want to kill Iranians? I can totally understand opposing their foreign policies, and being a strong force against them, but hoping for their deaths? Hoping they die of cigarettes? Sounds a lot like Philip Morris, who funded a study showing that Czech Republic benefited from their citizens dying early from smoking:

The Philip Morris Companies officially apologized yesterday for a study commissioned last month by an international affiliate that found that the Czech Republic benefited financially from the premature deaths of smokers.

”For one of our tobacco companies to commission this study was not just a terrible mistake, it was wrong,” Philip Morris said in a statement. ”All of us at Philip Morris, no matter where we work, are extremely sorry for this. No one benefits from the very real, serious and significant diseases caused by smoking.”

Last month, company officials distributed an economic analysis in the Czech Republic that concluded that cigarettes were not a drain on the country’s budget, in part because the government saved money on health care, pensions and housing when smokers died prematurely. The study was prepared by Arthur D. Little International.

So why exactly does the possible future president of the United States hope that Iranians, regular folks who are really innocent in this psychological conflict against the United States, die? What does it say about John McCain?

UPDATE: The Video

Iraqis Want a Timetable for Withdrawal

July 8, 2008 at 10:50 am | Posted in American politics | 14 Comments

They want us out. Most Americans want out. John McCain wants to stay for 100 years, maybe 1000, maybe 10,000.

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