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May 28, 2007

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So, the Dems are going to let bush have his shitty war.

So why don't they do something else, like (as I've suggested before) crank up the top tax bracket's rate every month until we're out?

Sell it as having the top 1% sacrifice for the best 1%.

Eventually the fat cats will scream, and the GOP will be ready to bug out.

Three tours, four tours, five tours. Outrageous.

BTW – the fact that a SFC and a Captain are willing to go on the record by name in the NYT with this speaks volumes to me.

Jon H: the posting rules forbid profanity.

Given the high level of Sadrist participation/infiltration/whatever of the current Iraqi government (cabinet withdrawals notwithstanding), it (sadly) does not surprise me at all that lots of Iraqi soldiers moonlight in the Mahdi Army.

Aneurysm Alert - the Times had a moving story about a small town in Delaware with opposing protestors on opposite sides of the street. But check the photo caption:

Jeffery Broderick, foreground, standing alone last week in support of United States troops as demonstrators for peace occupy an opposite corner.

Someone might want to mention to the Times that even a lot of the peace movement supports the troops (I will, but they ignore me on everything else.)

Some writers might even mention that the logic of supporting the troops by supporting the war is a bit murky, as evidenced by the Times story linked in the post (I knew I was not totally off-topic!).

A lot of Iraqis, soldiers included, do a lot of things for money. One will be offered $100 to dig a hole by the road. Another will be offered $100 to put a package in it, another $50 to watch the road and do something when a convoy is approaching, and so on. With unemployment so high in Iraq, people will do quite a bit to support their families, particularly since the actual setup of the weapon is done by the insurgents.

This is part of why any solution is mostly outside the military realm.

"Jon H: the posting rules forbid profanity"

Sorry, under the circumstances I forgot s****y was a profanity. It just pales in comparison these days.

Not to worry; I just have to say it every so often.

Why are we still here?

You're kidding, right? There's still 125 billion barrels of primo crude under Iraq, perhaps the same amount again in parts of the country as yet unexplored.

I really wish people would stop asking that inane question.

RLaing: There's still 125 billion barrels of primo crude under Iraq, perhaps the same amount again in parts of the country as yet unexplored.

I really wish people would stop asking that inane question.

But it needs to keep being asked, so it can be answered.

The Iraqi government voted for the US to provide a timetable to end the occupation, and this vote was ignored: the US is now ordering the Iraqi government to "privatize the oil" - that is, sell off what has been up till now the property of the nation, to the highest bidder. (The highest bidders will not be Iraqi companies, it need not be said.) If the Iraqi Parliament don't agree, the US will no longer provide reconstruction money.

"What is our oil doing under their sand?"

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