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Quick Studies


Sounds like the Iraqis have mastered American-style democracy already:

MICHAEL WARE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Because, to be honest, it’s not really in the interests of the main power players here in Iraq to meet [the benchmarks].

These are American agendas, American benchmarks. These aren’t the benchmarks that the factions within the Iraqi government really care about. What they care about is getting their hands on their own security forces and setting them loose as they see fit.

And, don’t forget, a lot of these benchmarks strike at the deepest, most heartfelt divisions politically and in terms of the sectarian divide that exist in this country. None of them are easy fixes. And in none of them is it really in the interests of those who hold power to meet them. They just want to keep their power — Anderson.

COOPER: So, essentially, you’re saying they don’t see themselves as part of a larger Iraq. They don’t see themselves as a ruling of — all the people of Iraq, as we think about a democracy. They still see themselves as factions, and they are trying to hold on to turf and power.

They grow up so fast!

July 10th, 2007 at 09:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Iraq,Politics,Republicans

Coney Island B&W Photoblogging

And yet still more fun at Coney Island…

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Some kind of swoopy, spinny thing. I liked the curvy lines.

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Close-up of the giant Coney Island ferris wheel.

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The ferris wheel again. I almost never do the special filter effects, but for some reason it just felt right.

July 10th, 2007 at 08:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

And There Was Much Rejoicing

Oh… joy.

President Bush, facing a growing Republican revolt against his Iraq policy, has rejected calls to change course but will launch a campaign emphasizing his intent to draw down U.S. forces next year and move toward a more limited mission if security conditions improve, senior officials said yesterday.

Okay, so let me see if I’ve got this straight…

AMERICAN PEOPLE: Iraq is a complete clusterfuck and is never getting better. Get us the hell out now!

DUBYA: Okay, we’ll start getting out just as soon as it starts getting better.

By this logic, we should wait until the climate starts getting cooler before we do anything about global warming…

3 comments July 10th, 2007 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Politics,War

So What’s The Plan?

Jeralyn’s initial reaction to Conyers’ witness list for his Libby commutation hearings was understandable disappointment, in that none of the witnesses was in any way privy to the actual commutation deliberations. If indeed there were any – my guess is that Dubya asked if there was any way they could “get to” Scooter in prison if it looked like he might talk…

My thought on that list was that Conyers was basically taking the opacity of the Bush administration as a given, and instead looking to spotlight the appearance of impropriety by drawing a contrast between a proper, orderly pardon or commutation process vs. Dubya’s quickie commutation – plus Joe Wilson to remind everyone that Libby’s was neither a trivial nor a victimless crime.

But now Jeralyn has added an update, saying that Conyers sent Bush a letter asking him to waive executive privilege and let his commutation advisors testify before the committee. This is certainly the right thing to do, but I don’t see how it will lead to any useful revelations. Bush will either deny the request, or else let his minions go in there and just lie their asses off about the solemn and sober deliberation process. My money would be on the former, since Dubya never passes up any opportunity to remind Congress that he’s still the King Of Everybody.

There’s no chance in hell that Conyers will be able to get enough to trigger an impeachment, but hopefully he will at least be able to weave a compelling Improper Commutation Protocol + Executive Stonewalling = The Kind Of Smoke Where There’s Usually Fire narrative.

July 10th, 2007 at 08:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Libby/Plame

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