Jul. 28th, 2003

sigh.

Jul. 28th, 2003 04:25 pm
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Maybe I'll feel like doing this later, but I was listening to the radio in the car and the usual suspects were nattering about what we can do in Iraq. Lord soandso came up with the staggering insight that we need to involve the UN - not, he hastened to add, that the US and the British weren't already doing that, but perhaps a bit more might be good, ehwotdonchewknow?) and then an American came on (everyone was for the war, of course. This is radio we're talking about here) and allowed as how it might not be a _bad_ idea, in light of an earlier guest's point that people are going to stop joining the reserves if they know we won't let them go home when they're supposed to, to involve Europe.

If we can find some way of doing it where we don't have to eat crow.

Buddy?

Eat the fucking crow.

I can get four and twenty of those suckers into a pie, and if you can do anything to save the lives of eighteen year old kids and put the situation into the hands of people who have some vague clue what they're doing, you grab a fork and you eat it.

How dare you.
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because he's the procrustiest (I keep telling you this)

I came across an interesting paper on line; it offered the best reason I've come across for the war waged on Iraq...the weak dollar.

It's a bit lengthy. The short form is this. Saddam stopped selling oil for Dollars, and switched to Euros in October 2000. He made out like a bandit. Opec saw this, is looking at the relative markets offered by the EU and the US...and are seriously thinking of switching. With England and Norway bidding fair to join the integrated currency soon, Brent Crude would be denominated in Euros. Even as I type, Venezuela and Iran are switching. All of this would do the dirty to the dollar, and our position in world trade; at a time when we're especially incapable of responding with anything but military force.

The kicker: if we can't get the oil flowing real soon, then oil prices go up. Japan, its economy very weak, would have to dump dollars to buy Euros. Kiss the international position of the dollar goodbye.

Go read it.
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via Mark Kleiman:

Col. David Hogg, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, said tougher methods are being used to gather the intelligence. On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: "If you want your family released, turn yourself in." Such tactics are justified, he said, because, "It's an intelligence operation with detainees, and these people have info." They would have been released in due course, he added later.

I am, no doubt temporarily, speechless.

Go read.

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