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Iraq Study Group

I haven’t started reading the ISG Report yet. Maybe I’ll have some time this weekend to get to it, but I doubt it. Probably, it will be the middle part of next week before I’ve even made a dent in it.

But, sometimes I just think, “why bother?” Given all the opinion pieces, reports, and criticisms that have been written in the past 24 hours, I guess it’s a good thing that so much of the report was leaked. Or, was it really leaked? I don’t know. I haven’t had time to read the report, much less compare it to all of the pre-release news reports that originated from “sources close to the ISG” over the past couple of weeks. Plus, I imagine that most of the writers who have already weighed in on the report have not had the time to read the report either. But in this day and age, much of what passes for informed reporting is just warmed over talking points, and agenda-driven drivel. The stories might even have been written before the release of the report — just needed a little tweaking.

One report that I generally give credibility to is from Wretchard of Belmont Club. And even his report only talks about 3 or 4 of the dozens of recommendations in the report.

the principal utility of this report is its succinct description of the internal and external players in Iraq and an outline of their respective goals, many of which are malevolent. As a guide to the game the ISG Report is first rate.

Unless you’ve been reading a lot from the mil-bloggers over the past couple of years, you likely haven’t a clue as to who is doing what to whom in Iraq. And, if your information has come largely from the media, what you know is limited to what reporters can glean from within the Bagdhad green zone, from stringers, and from sources which may or may not be reliable. So, having a “succint description” of those involved is a great start.

Given the complexity of the problems, the large number of recommendations, and the lack of concensus on even basic points of our involvement in the Middle East, is it any wonder that the President has not fully embraced the recommendations in the report? It is surprising to me that he would come under criticism for not doing so, when the ink is barely dry on the report, and so many of his would-be critics haven’t even read it.

NYPostNYTimesISG Report (complete)

Iraqi Ambassador Rises to Challenge

The Iraqi Response

Khamenei gravely ill

From Mchael Leeden, via PjM 

 20061013khameneiak47-04.jpgThree days ago,

Iran’s dictator, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei, was rushed to the vast medical facility traditionally known as “Vanak” hospital (it now has an Arabic name that means “the 12th Imam Hospital”), a 1,200-room facility that saves half of its beds for the leadership.

Khamenei is known to be suffering from cancer, and taking considerable quantities of an opium-based pain killer. He has lost more than 17 pounds in the past ten months, and was told last spring that he was unlikely to see another New Year (In the Iranian calendar, the New Year begins at the end of March).

Sad news like this would just break my heart, if I had one.

Meanwhile, Leeden reports that thousands of student demonstrators chanting “Death to  the dictators” have gathered at Tehran University, despite brutally repressive measures by the regime.  (Link to IranPressNews)

The received reports from other cities also indicates that brave students in many other parts of Iran also took to demonstrating and protesting against the Islamic Republic.

In the city of Kerman more than 500 students gathered; in Shahr’eh-Kord more than 400 and cities such as Zahedan, Bandar-Abbass hundreds of student held demonstrations. Also in Tabriz universities, Zanján, Ghom, Karaj and Mazandaran similar demonstrations were held. Students of Sahand University in Tabriz chanted slogans such as “Student prisoners must be freed” and “If I rise and you rise, everyone will rise”. The student anthem Yaar’eh Dabestani was sung at every campus by all student protestors.

Thursday in Mississippi

North to the home of the Delta Blues,

South to the home of Dixieland Jazz.

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Tis the season

christmas.jpgCHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE DISTURBED

* 1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?

* 2. Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Kings Disoriented Are

* 3. Dementia — I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas

* 4. Narcissistic — Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

* 5. Manic – Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Sheep…..

* 6. Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

* 7. Borderline Personality Disorder — Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

* 8. Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why

* 9. Attention Deficit Disorder — Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy – can I have a chocolate? Why is France so far away?

* 10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle,Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

h/t Swampwoman

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