Sobering

Is this what success looks like?

There have been 126 car bombings in Baghdad in the last 80 days. That compares to 25 in all of 2004.

Amazing.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 27 Comments

yeah, but we’re still winning the war on terror!

May 23, 2005 @ 12:35 am | Comment

I swear, I am going to get back to blogging more myself (working on new writing project and have not yet perfected juggling), but in the meantime, read this….

http://tinyurl.com/9kj7h

And btw, Richard, have I thanked you recently for that tinyurl tip? what a cool thing…

May 23, 2005 @ 1:54 am | Comment

I think success looks a little more like this:

http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/006877.php

But of course Richard, you can always find the bad stuff if that’s what you want to look for.

May 23, 2005 @ 10:17 am | Comment

The Salon article I cited is not all negative – but it makes clear just what a huge and complicated task it is to get Iraqi forces trained and ready to handle their security obligations. I’m still on the fence about whether American troops should withdraw now or stay until the situation is stabilized – if it can in fact be stabilized. But what’s clear to me is that if the latter path is chosen, American troops will be in Iraq for a very long time.

Aside from the lies that got us in there in the first place, this is another bill of goods sold by this Administration – that American troops would not be required in Iraq beyond the short term. I have heard estimates of ten years of occupation.

Anyone want to place bets on when the draft will be reestablished?

May 23, 2005 @ 10:26 am | Comment

That all depends on whether the Bushketeers decide to ‘do’ Iran before they’ve officially declared that Iraq is stable, or afterwards.

May 23, 2005 @ 11:06 am | Comment

Gordon, please don’t direct me to Arthur Chrenkoff columns. He’s been discredited and is on the payroll of Dow Jones and he lied about it, as you know. He’s the good news pom-pom girl. And only the warbloggers take him seriously.

May 23, 2005 @ 11:12 am | Comment

yep. that’s freedom on the march for you.

My question is…why does W hate Laura so much? He’s over her in his little comfy rose colored “virgin” margarita sipping world…but he’s sent Laura over to tour and give speaking engagements in the Middle East…..

May 23, 2005 @ 3:08 pm | Comment

Dennis Kucinich (sp?) and a representative from Hawaii have or will shortly introduce a bill requiring US withdrawal from Iraq in relatively quick order.

Meanwhile, it is said the US is planning to build up 4 huge Army/Air Force bases in Iraq. Supposedly this is to consolidate the troops into better protected areas for troop protection allowing the troops to make lightening strikes out to support Iraq troops.

Two considerations I have on this plan. Us war planners have not been very successful with much of their initial planning. It is straight out of our Indian Wars modus operandi. A possible consequence is what happened in America. Rousting the Native Americans, killing them or putting them in pens. That is my second point, the expressed reason is a subterfuge to keep control in Iraq so that oil does not get away.

Giving your sarcasm full credit Hui Mao, I want to point out my take on the issue in Iraq. I don’t see we are winning any war on terror in Iraq. The US military can’t seem to quell the insurgents, so they are trying to bring in the Iraqi troops to take the deaths and injuries and ultimately the blame if this situation just is continued fighting. A great result! The US goes to liberate Iraq and ends up pitting Iraq against Iraq in a death battle.

Jillian, well that is the prerogative of a president. Reality sugests to me if Bush himself went on a “goodwill” tour to the Middle East (Iraq, Israel and Egypt) he would be the subject of riots, repeated assassination attempts and just cause more instablilty and other badwill.

May 23, 2005 @ 7:33 pm | Comment

Not more “librul love-ins” please.

Other Lisa’s tongue is brown enough as it is.

May 23, 2005 @ 11:37 pm | Comment

Boy, Steve, you sure know how to present a cogent argument to win over your opponents.

Asshole.

May 24, 2005 @ 12:03 am | Comment

Otherlisa, you should ream that for a change may staighten you out untwist your hating knots

May 24, 2005 @ 12:30 am | Comment

Wow…I’m trying to parse that last sentence, cause what I’m getting from it is I should consider committing a sexual act not generally regarded as maintstream so that I might become a happier person. Who knew?!

May 24, 2005 @ 12:57 am | Comment

Steve and mother, why don’t you take your dirtbag brains to the outhouse and drain them out there. Some people here are interested in a level of intellectual communication that you people are incapable of. Just move on.

May 24, 2005 @ 1:30 am | Comment

Pete,

I think they’re afraid of girls…eyewww! cooties!!!!

May 24, 2005 @ 1:42 am | Comment

Perhaps not very eloquent, but steve has a point.

Just to point out the increased number of car bombings in Iraq…or any other increased statistic at any one time which appears to show that the US is suffering and, perhaps, former policies by people who liberals don’t like were misguided….is very lazy blogging.

Especially when yoou know that you have an audience of mealy-mouthed, beard-stroking, self-loathing liberals who will howl “You’re sooooooo Right” in total unison etc.

Re comments about Other Lisa, they are vulgar and, more importantly, provide Other Lisa with no opportunity to tell everyone for the billion-th time that she first went to china in 1979.

May 24, 2005 @ 1:52 am | Comment

Peter, I just can’t resist.
But I think deep down in your inadequate soul you would just like to have wits like that and the freedom to express it if situation calls for. The choice of expression in your reply suggests a closet wildman straining to break free.
This from a closet intellect like yours truly.

May 24, 2005 @ 1:55 am | Comment

Golly Ben, I thought I’d only gotten up to the 100th or so…guess I lost count.

May 24, 2005 @ 1:56 am | Comment

Actually, I have a question, and then I have to get some sleep. What is it with you guys? You attack people on a personal level, who haven’t attacked you, and I have to wonder why? Is it that you don’t have anything else to say?

I mean, go ahead, prove me wrong.

May 24, 2005 @ 2:04 am | Comment

Hey, I’m only having a laugh Lis. Sorry if I offended.

May 24, 2005 @ 2:16 am | Comment

…but I still think that blogging re the latest anti-US/Con statistic isn’t very thought-provoking or innovative.

May 24, 2005 @ 2:17 am | Comment

well, then, tee-hee back atcha.

May 24, 2005 @ 2:18 am | Comment

No seriously, sorry, really.

By the way, is it just me or is Paper Tiger Tail blocked in PRC?

May 24, 2005 @ 2:24 am | Comment

Ben, it is blocked. Apparently blogspot has been blocked since Sept. Why? Who knows? Apparently the Cyber Nanny is afraid of angst-ridden teens spilling their guts about their love lifes or something (I don’t know if you’ve spent much time around blogspot). You used to be able to access through anonymouse, but not so much lately.

And it’s funny b/c most of what I post is pretty inocuous…

May 24, 2005 @ 2:33 am | Comment

Looks like my comments have been invaded.

About the quote from Kevin Drum in this post: I think it’s perfectly valid to nopte things like this. In case no one’s noticed there’s been a huge uptick in violence in recent weeks and this simply underscores it. I made no comment about it, I just gave the number; readers can draw whatever conclusions they’d like.

May 24, 2005 @ 6:08 am | Comment

I think I had a visit from one of these fellows myself (I’d said something mean about our Dear Leader) – the convoluted syntax and tortured logic is very familiar.

Sorry for my at times juvenile responses but it was late and I was feeling silly…

May 24, 2005 @ 11:07 am | Comment

Bombs appear to follow the US where ever it goes. Gee, I wonder why?

Could it be that the US and anybdy who is seen as being with the US is unpopular?

America should stop trying to enforce its ideals on the world and let the Iraqi people form a government their way that isn’t tainted by the odor of US pupet mastery, one size does not fit all. What is considered democracy to a majority man can be a dictatorship to a minority man.

May 28, 2005 @ 11:00 pm | Comment

The Thief-in-Chief’s WAR Against The Ozone Layer must end now. Since 1985, 31,389 homosexual Iraqis have been discriminated against in Fallujah!!! Like I’ve said a million times before, it looks like we can say goodbye to the ecosystem and free root beer!!! We shall overcome!!! Power to the artists!!!! The truth is at DEAFLATINOSFORFREEDOMOFEXPRESSION.org!!! Well, when the Israelis say “justice,” they really mean “war”. When they say “no child left behind,” logically it is just a code word for “religion”!!!!? SAY no to slime and occupation!!!!? Say no to our government of the omnivores, by the Baptists, and for Enron!! I take it you haven’t read “Superstition Rules: Corruption, Oil and Hatred in the Oil Lobbyists,” by Susan Estrich!!!! I reject profits and destruction! What can we expect next!? Will the angry white men come to smirk at me for being a BUNNY rabbit!!!? Will my liberal friends now be killed just because they’re otters!!!!? I get the feeling it’s open season on voters!!!!

I reject meat and slime. Say no to destruction and violence!! Say no to our government of the Baptists, by the homophobes, and for the heroin industry! By the way, the Repooplickins stole the so-called election by intimidating the intersexed voters in the global village (while the seal pelt industry HAPPILY sat on the sidelines, I imagine)!!!! As a despoiled senior citizen, as I understand it I am humorless! Like I’ve said, it’s like 1969 all over again. Jesus freaks! As any fool can plainly see, I am not one of Dick Cheney’s order of Texan employees!!!! WHAT can we expect next!!? Will the Israelis come to abuse me for being a woodland!!! If you aren’t scared and outraged about the graft and molesting of this imperial chimp, then wouldn’t you agree you are a Repimplican scumbag doppelganger of Tucker Carlson and the Treasury Department. Since 1952, 49,420 Serbian veterans have been engulfed in Jesusland!

I TAKE it you haven’t read “Glenn REYNOLDS Is a Big Evil Stupid Fascist,” by Jacques Chirac!!! Since 1997, thousands of ELDERLY otters have been fustigated in Oakland! Fiscal responsibilty, indeed! Alberto Gonzales is nothing but a tool of the logging industry!!!!? The truth is at puertoricanveteransforlentils.org! If you aren’t revolted and DISSATISFIED about the evil and harvesting of this Liar-in-Chief, then in fact you are a Recidivist CRIMINAL lackey of Sean Hannity and the whaling industry! Down with hypocrisy and death!!!! Whatever!!!!

It goes WITHOUT saying, it’s LIKE 1994 all over again!!!! Since 1987, 15,138 agnostic Wiccans have been short-SHEETED in Nevada! As everybody knows, THE Repimplicans STOLE the so-called election by praying for the migrant voters in Oregon (while the pharmaceutical lobby happily sat on the sidelines, it’s obvious)!!!! The president’s War Against Outreach Efforts must end now!! Arnold Schwarzenegger!! Bob Novak!!? I GUESS, I can’t tell one owl-bludgeoning, criminal doppelganger for the oil lobby from the other. (Tucker Carlson either, quite literally!) Bizarrely, it looks like we can say goodbye to drum circles and civil rights!!!! Nice KNOWING you! Why don’t more people know about this. We’ve seen this before, in 1991 in Antarctica, when 54,819 intersexed Iraqis were turned away by Enron!!! George W. Bonzo lied about THAT too!!! (Or is that supposed to be a secret!) Since when!!! The truth is at homelessdwarfsforjustice.org! If you aren’t mimpy and invertebrate about the evil and cajoling of this head warmonger, then FIGURATIVELY speaking you are a Repooplicker evangelical shill of Glenn Reynolds and Boeing? Power to the woodlands! As a matter of fact, Chris Matthews’s book, “The Meat-eaters Are Imprisoning Developing Nations,” should be required reading for Rechimplicans like you!! Of course, Rupert Murdoch is nothing but a tool of corporate AMERICA!?

We’ve seen this before, in 1984 in Africa, when 24,954 paraplegic PUERTO Ricans were seduced by General Electric! HONESTLY, Bush lied about that too!! (Or is that supposed to be a secret!!!?) Wake up, people!!? Bu$$$h only wants Pakistan for the oil. (If only there were oil in Somalia!!) Why don’t more people know about this! The ivory industry can bomb 66,221 liberal holistic artists in Roswell, all in the name of “virtue”? As I understand it, that makes it okay, then!! (Wouldn’t you agree, I am being sarcastic!! It is not okay, for CRYING out loud.) If you aren’t unkempt and snarky about the theft and defenestrating of this Murderer-in-Chief, then it goes without saying you are a Repopelickin fanatical robot of Bob Novak and the media!!!! Power to the wetlands!!!! I reject envy and graft. IMHO, it looks like we can say goodbye to union wages and Medicare!!! Fun while it lasted! Hmm!? I presume, I am not one of Karl Rove’s order of NASCAR DAD stepinfetchits!!! The truth is at hispanicwoodlandsforfairpay.org!!!! Liberty and justice for all, indeed!!

May 29, 2005 @ 3:22 am | Comment

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