Occasional News and comments on the situation in Post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi-American living in Texas
Freddie Starr ate my hamster!
Nine years later and this crap is still common:http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/20/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE82J06U20120320At least 29 people killed in bombings across Iraq.
"Nine years later and …"And, now we're gonna find out if they make it work on their own, without the dampening effect of the U.S. military presence.
that's what happens when you play one ethnic/sectarian group against the other. Worked for the British too.
Nine years...a long time. So much has happened. Looking at that video now it seems like a lifetime ago.that's what happens when you play one ethnic/sectarian group against the other. Worked for the British too.So that's where Saddam got the idea, is it?
Off topic; re American politics:The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, has brought out his new and improved Republican budget proposal for the coming year. (Ryan is often wistfully mentioned in whispers among Republicans as a possible white knight, someone with the potential to save them from nominating Mitt Romney this summer.)Ryan's proposed budget plan openly reneges on the compromise budget agreement entered into last year, which calls for spending cuts to both discretionary domestic spending and defense spending. He goes for no cuts to defense spending and bigger cuts to domestic spending instead. And, he wants more tax cuts for high-roller taxpayers.I think I've seen this show before.
I wanted to say yesterday, but didn't because I know Zeyad doesn't usually reply to comments, but my first thought when I saw what he had posted was, what does he think when he looks at that video?For someone who lived through that event, has the distance of time and place faded the memories? Or is it just as real now as it was then?It can never be as intense for us out here as it was for them.
More re: American politicsI've always been a little awed by the Republican Establishment's decision to run Mitt Romney, the leveraged-buy-out mogul, as their answer to Obama, just one cycle after Wall Street financial types lead the national economy to near disaster. They come back with a poster boy for Wall Street as their nominee for President; amazing that. With the economy still dragging, and still at risk of another dip down, after three years of Obama in the lead position, Obama oughta be toast; but he's actually leading in public opinion polls even now. He actually stands a fair chance of winning a second term. His chances are much improved by the nature and caliber of his competition. And now Romney has come out and laid down the claim that it was Bush and Paulson who averted a total financial disaster with the bail-out of Wall Street financial types (folks like himself). Boiling it down, the bail-out of Wall Street was good and saved us; the bail-out of GM and Chrysler was bad.And he's gonna run on this program? What are these people thinking?I'm beginning to think that, unless there's a downturn in the American economic recovery before the election (and there's a fairly high risk of that), Obama's gonna stomp Romney in the general election. Might be as bad as the shellacking McCain took.If the economy turns sour again, Romney's got a shot; otherwise not.And I gotta call this truly amazing. Obama oughta be toast.
Boiling it down, the bail-out of Wall Street was good and saved us; the bail-out of GM and Chrysler was bad.Yet it can be argued that the bailout of GM and Chyrsler was actually begun in Bush's administration.
"Yet it can be argued that the bailout of GM and Chrysler was actually begun in Bush's administration."I don't expect either side to be making that argument. What I do expect is that, unlike Romney's primary opponents, who kinda blew it off, the Obama team has actually done its ‘oppo’ research on Romney and will be ready to tag him when he tries to roll out Romney version 3.0 for the general election.
Nineteen detainees, including two men sentenced to death and several alleged Al-Qaeda leaders, escaped from a prison in northern Iraq on Friday, in what one politician said was an inside job."Nineteen people, including members of Al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sunna, fled from prison in Kirkuk at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT)," a security official said on condition of anonymity.Kirkuk province's deputy governor and a provincial council member confirmed the prison break."http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ibNu-K_NxUxM_585WtdiJkqc4mXA?docId=CNG.2dc0f24f990d523931fccc146b8ae8dd.151
More re: American politicsThe next state primary that has some chance to be competitive is in Wisconsin. (Romney is figured to lose in Louisiana in the meantime, not given much of a chance there, but Wisconsin has a different demographic and it's seen a possibly competitive.)Romney is outspending his chief rival there, Rick Santorum, by a staggering ratio of 55:1. Almost of that is going into negative ads denouncing Santorum.