Monday, April 19, 2010

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The syrian gambit

Posted: 19 Apr 2010 04:17 AM PDT

Michael Young at the Daily Star: But Assad's assessment was more than a detached observation. It was an essential part of his worldview, passed on by his father, Hafez, that Syria must rule over Lebanon to punch above its weight in the Middle East. And without a military presence in Lebanon, Bashar Assad knows, Syrian hegemony will always be incomplete. Damascus has no real "soft power" in Beirut. It's allies, other than Hizbullah, which is ultimately more Iranian than Syrian, are weak. Only an army in place can intimidate the two communities at the heart of the Syrian regime's preoccupations...

A nation full of mcveighs

Posted: 19 Apr 2010 03:46 AM PDT

Earlier I criticized former President Clinton for using the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing to insinuate that Tea Partiers presented the risk of producing the same sort of hate that led to the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal building. Commenter Bruce thought I wasn't being be fair to Clinton. He may have a point. But Byron York has reminded us how cynical Clinton and his advisor Dick Morris were in handling the bombing while he was in office (via Instapundit, memeorandum). Later, under the heading "How to use extremism as issue against Republicans," Morris told Clinton that...

Musical monday #137

Posted: 19 Apr 2010 03:31 AM PDT

Welcome back to Musical Monday. It's been awhile here. Unlike #135, this is a pretty standard one. Figure out the songs and put them together to discover a theme. No googling and enjoy. Last week Elie hosted #136 we've been on the money solving for the theme, but there are still unidentified songs. 1) Smoke my cigarettes and drink my beer 2) My voice too rough with cigarettes 3) And it shows them pearly white 4) Her love's so heavy, gonna make you stagger 5) Baby doncha hear my heart, you got it drowning out the radio 6) Then she...

Diehl's blind spot

Posted: 18 Apr 2010 11:27 PM PDT

Jackson Diehl has been focusing democratization in the Arab world. It's an important issue. For example Gen. Petraeus in his famous and mischaracterized testimony prepared for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee lists a number of items such as Ethnic, tribal, and sectarian rivalries. Within certain countries, the politicization of ethnicity, tribal affiliation, and religious sect serves to disrupt the development of national civil institutions and social cohesion, at times to the point of violence. Between countries in the region, such rivalries can heighten political tension and serve as catalysts for conflict and insurgency. Disputed territories and access to vital resources....

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