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Let 'em Bleed: Left v Right

I've written plenty about the need for Iraq to have its own foundational myths, often borrowing the concept of planting liberty trees. In practical terms, this translates to Iraq being supported while it evolves but not coddled so they shed...
Posted in Flit(tm) on April 23, 2007 12:45 PM

Defeating Them Wasn't the Point

Michael Williams' Because We Didn't Defeat Them misses the point by a mile. The Iraqi people were doomed to many years of strife and violence back in the 1950s when the royal family was ousted in 1958. The misalignment between...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 20, 2007 04:13 PM

Why Liberals can't honestly describe Conservatism

Ran this comment on Akram's Razor which ran a lengthy excerpt of the deeply flawed "why conservatives can't govern" by Alan Wolfe. Unfortunately, Wolfe uses several confusing terms that will lead most of his readers (those who are not intensely...
Posted in Flit(tm) on July 15, 2006 11:11 AM

Why We Should Invade Iraq (A Recap)

While reading this Balloon Juice post and especially its subsequent commentary, it became clear that it was time to come out of my Iraq hibernation and recap why, in August, 2005, I still think that the Iraq invasion was worth...
Posted in Flit(tm) on August 22, 2005 03:25 PM

Advancing Freedom

I have to disagree with Mary Madigan posting on Dean's World that President Bush went wrong in his speech here: The terrorists, both foreign and Iraqi, failed to stop the transfer of sovereignty. They failed to break our coalition and...
Posted in Flit(tm) on June 30, 2005 08:56 AM

Democracy In a Kit?

New acquisition to my reading list Pundita (thanks Mark) is amazingly simplistic in his Democracy Stage Show Kit essay. The first error is a huge error of omission. The Democracy Stage Show Kit (DSSK) is analyzed in isolation without even...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 18, 2005 04:28 PM

Locke's Loopy Libertarians

Robert Locke's recent article on libertarians is one big hit piece. That's not too surprising out of TAC but it's a useful forensic exercise to sort out the nuggets of truth that Locke uses to make the lies go down...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 9, 2005 11:37 AM

The River Lethe

Arianna Huffington is a boob at the best of times but outdoes herself in her Iraqi post-election coverage. So, amid all the talk of turning points and historic days, let us steadfastly refuse to drink from the River Lethe, which...
Posted in Flit(tm) on February 8, 2005 10:01 AM

The Road to GWOT Success Does Not Go Through Oswald Mosley

Going through the comments in a Dhimmi Watch article entitled Britain: dhimmitude and the dole I was struck by a comment talking about a character I was unfamiliar with, Oswald Mosley. I forecast that the political descendant of Oswald Mosley...
Posted in Flit(tm) on April 22, 2004 09:39 AM

Battlefield 'Net II

The battlefield Internet is moving forward and it looks like it will progress along the same style 'S' curve as the Internet itself into a full fledged occupation net that covers all aspects of an occupation. The new innovation is...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 9, 2004 09:28 AM

Liberty Trees

Andrew Sullivan nails one when he comments on the reemergence of Iraqi politics. I speculated that the US is attempting to plant an Iraqi liberty tree instead of creating an american empire back in July of 2003. Today Sullivan notes:...
Posted in Flit(tm) on March 7, 2004 11:40 PM

Serialization Quietly Moves Forward

I've written before about how the US strategy has been to serialize the conflict, concentrating and bringing its resources to bear in a limited number of fields in order to prevent being spread too thin. This has the side effect...
Posted in Flit(tm) on February 2, 2004 11:33 AM

Bush's Bodyguard of Lies

Churchill is famous for having said during WW II that "the truth is so precious it must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies." The deceptions surrounding war are often crucial to its successful prosecution. George W Bush has obviously...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 26, 2004 09:21 AM

USA: No Smothering

Michael Ledeen, God bless him, has been a tireless advocate for liberty in the Middle East. Unfortunately, he's come down with a bad case of smothering daddy syndrome. Everybody who is a parent is familiar with it, the impulse to...
Posted in Flit(tm) on January 16, 2004 04:09 PM

Giving the Dean His Due

Dr., Governor Howard Dean is the current front runner for the Democratic nomination to the presidency of the United States. No matter how much you think he's going to get buried in a landslide or that he suffers from various...
Posted in Flit(tm) on December 16, 2003 07:03 AM

Bad Alternatives

Hat tip to David Frum who pointed out this essay entitled Israel: The Alternative. For somebody who is supposed to be a serious thinker, I have to say my first exposure to Prof. Judt is a great disappointment. First of...
Posted in Flit(tm) on October 14, 2003 11:51 PM

Iraq's Coming Around III

I've written about US intentions in Iraq before. In particular, what interests me is the attempt to create a new model for nation building, planting liberty trees. Here's more evidence in the form of a Donald Rumsfeld op-ed that this...
Posted in Flit(tm) on September 25, 2003 12:55 PM

Iraq's coming around II

Salam Pax writes "Maybe we Iraqis did expect too much from the American invasion, we did hope there is going to be an easy way. Get rid of Saddam and have the Americans help us rebuild. I don't think like...
Posted in Flit(tm) on August 27, 2003 11:31 AM

Iraq's coming around I

I previously speculated that the US might be trying to plant a tree of liberty instead of establishing a pax americanus. Some evidence that this is what's going on from Salam Pax I guess you've been hearing news about Mosul?...
Posted in Flit(tm) on August 21, 2003 12:38 AM

Is the US trying for something different than a Pax Americanus?

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it's natural manure. Everybody seems to be looking at Iraq, Afghanistan too for that matter, through the framework of a...
Posted in Flit(tm) on July 28, 2003 10:58 PM
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