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Foreign Policy Wisdom

No-one could have possibly anticipated…

Jim Dobbins – A man who has just a bit of history of dealing with some pretty bad guys and doing it effectively – then chimed in arguing that the whole idea that blatant military threats had to be a part of effective negotiations was simply ahistorical.  He argued that we never used military threats when negotiating with the Russians or Chinese during the Cold War.  We just made clear what our redlines were and that worked pretty well, but we never in negotiations actually threatened them.  He then said that in his forty year career he had negotiated with Soviet Apparatchiks, Afghan warlords, Somali warlords, Serbs and Bosnians.  He found that when explicit military threats were part of the negotiations the negotiations would fail. So we should just stick the military threat back in the drawer.  The Iranians know it’s there.  We don’t need to waive it in their face.

Gee, who ever would have thought that threatening people would make them less receptive.  Crazy, innit.

June 12th, 2008 at 07:24pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iran,War

Complete Random Photoblogging

Absolutely no relation at all between these two photos, they’re not even from the same session:

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A more successful attempt to capture that cool sunbeam effect.

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This is just bizarre. I found it on the ground, and was mystified. I think it’s an alarm system, but my first impression was that it was some sort of automated squirt gun. Also note, that in the first panel, it appears to be hand-sized, and is being handled by an apparently normal person. But in the last panel, it’s enormous, and is being triggered by a stick figure. So apparently it’s designed to protect humanoid giants from attack by stick figures – or regular humans from attack by tiny stick figures. But why would the humanoid be dwelling in a house designed for stick figures? Maybe the target audience is giant squatters?

June 12th, 2008 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Wanker Of The Day

Bill O’Reilly:

During the June 10 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, purporting to document “more evidence of values problem among American young people,” host Bill O’Reilly reported that seven ninth-graders at Pascack Valley High School in New Jersey have been suspended for distributing topless photographs of their classmates…. O’Reilly… stated: “But it’s an amazing amount of kids involved with this — 20 — in an affluent school district. This isn’t, you know, the inner city; you would think that these kids would have some kind of a values system.” O’Reilly continued: “It’s not that it’s so horrendous. You know, it’s not murder or rape. But it’s so stupid.”

Yes, apparently inner-city kids have no values system whatsoever, and O’Reilly is shocked by the idea that rich white kids could behave immorally or idiotically.  Because that never happens.

June 12th, 2008 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

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