An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Never Leave A Demolition Half Done


(Crooks and Liars)It[base ‘]s just a Crocker

(USAToday)Mosque attack test for Iraq, message for U.S.

(AP) Iraqi Sunni leader dies of heart attack

(AP) Iraq bombers hit key Samarra mosque

(AP) 2nd Sunni mosque destroyed in Basra

To Quote Donald Rumsfeld, ‘Hey, Stuff Happens.’ I Guess This Is What He Meant By Freedom Being Untidy…


(Think Progress) George Will: “This Is A Civil War”

Even George Will has recognized that Iraq is in a state of civil war. He puts the issue nicely: “Now, does Iraq have a government? Let me just postulate the question. A government exists when it has a reasonable monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. As long as the militias are out there, the existence of an Iraqi government is questionable.” The quote I italicized is a standard sociological definition of one of the chief powers of government, the monopoly on legitimate violence–one may break it down as keeping the internal peace and providing defense from external threats. All governments, good or bad, have this monopoly. Not only is there now rage against the American occupation, which was not envisioned by our brilliant administration, but sectarian violence threatens the newly born “government,” also unenvisioned. The CIA, the Pentagon brass, all warned the administration what it was getting into. The American public is the loser for it. WE are the ones who will have to pay for this bull****, and not just in money. Yes, the Iraqis are their own worst enemies–but WE are the ones they and the rest of the Arab world will blame. When even that warmonger Bill O’Reilly starts to wonder if we should pull out … perhaps it’s time for coit*s interruptus.