Iraq https://cvining.com/ en Former Argentine President Kirchner discussing President Bush's "War is Good" policy https://cvining.com/former-argentine-president-kirchner-discussing-president-bushs-war-good-policy <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/former-argentine-president-kirchner-discussing-president-bushs-war-good-policy" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Former Argentine President Kirchner discussing President Bush&#039;s &quot;War is Good&quot; policy</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/27/2010 - 22:45</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Oliver Stone mentioned this conversation on a recent episode of Bill Maher.  The main speaker is former Argentine President <span><a title="Widipedia entry on Kirchner" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A9stor_Kirchnerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A9stor_Kirchner" target="_blank">Néstor Kirchner</a>. </span> Yes, the Bush era is over.  Still, this is pretty amazing:</p> <blockquote><p><em>I said that a solution for the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan.  And he got angry.</em></p> <p><em>He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats.</em></p> <p><em>He said the best way to revitalize the economy is war.  And that the United States has grown stronger with war.</em></p> </blockquote> <blockquote><p><em>... He said that.  Those were his exact words.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>To paraphrase Gordon Gecko "War is Good."</p> <p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/former-argentine-president-kirchner-discussing-president-bushs-war-good-policy" rel="tag" title="Former Argentine President Kirchner discussing President Bush&#039;s &quot;War is Good&quot; policy" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Former Argentine President Kirchner discussing President Bush&#039;s &quot;War is Good&quot; policy</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 05:45:18 +0000 cvining 581 at https://cvining.com Cheney: They Attacked Us First https://cvining.com/cheney-they-attacked-us-first <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/cheney-they-attacked-us-first" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cheney: They Attacked Us First</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/26/2007 - 16:53</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Speaking at the West Point commencement Vice President Cheney said today:</p> <p>"We're fighting a war on terror because the enemy attacked us first, and hit us hard."</p> <p>See this link for the full text of his speach:</p> <p><a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2007/05/cheney_war_does.html">http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2007/05/cheney_war_do…</a></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/cheney-they-attacked-us-first" rel="tag" title="Cheney: They Attacked Us First" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Cheney: They Attacked Us First</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sat, 26 May 2007 23:53:37 +0000 cvining 97 at https://cvining.com Sunni surge better than US surge https://cvining.com/sunni-surge-better-us-surge <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/sunni-surge-better-us-surge" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sunni surge better than US surge</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/26/2007 - 03:58</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6575717.stm">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6575717.stm</a></p> <p>BBC is reporting the "Sunni extremist surge seems to be having more effect than the American one."</p> <p>One more example that Iraq is a <a href="/node/87">Dollar Auction</a>: each time we up the ante, so does "the extremists". Bush keeps telling us we can't afford to lose.  Trouble is, neither can the other side(s). So the game will go on until one side wises up and walks away.</p> <p>Nothing to win here.  Please move on. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/sunni-surge-better-us-surge" rel="tag" title="Sunni surge better than US surge" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Sunni surge better than US surge</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Thu, 26 Apr 2007 10:58:16 +0000 cvining 88 at https://cvining.com Iraq Is A "Dollar Auction" https://cvining.com/iraq-dollar-auction <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/iraq-dollar-auction" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Iraq Is A &quot;Dollar Auction&quot;</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/26/2007 - 03:40</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The "Dollar Auction" has been popularized by Poundstone. It illustrates the futility of war, and some other forms of competition as well. See Wikipedia for a discussion and links:</p> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_auction">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_auction</a></p> <p>The basic idea is simple enough. Here's how the auction works: the auctioneer offers a prize, in this case a one dollar bill ($1), to the highest bidder. Bidding starts at one cent. The only catch: the SECOND highest bidder must also pay up, even though they get nothing in return.</p> <p>It is a great party trick. You may need to prompt people to start the bidding, because most people smell a trick but can't put their finger on it. Someone bids a penny. Someone else bids 2 cents. Pretty soon the bid reaches 99 cents, when the second person realizes he is out 98 cents. So, nervously, he raises the bid to $1. If he wins, at least he is even.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/iraq-dollar-auction" rel="tag" title="Iraq Is A &quot;Dollar Auction&quot;" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Iraq Is A &quot;Dollar Auction&quot;</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Thu, 26 Apr 2007 10:40:23 +0000 cvining 87 at https://cvining.com Bush on Iraq: "Shopping Will Help" https://cvining.com/bush-iraq-shopping-will-help <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/bush-iraq-shopping-will-help" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bush on Iraq: &quot;Shopping Will Help&quot;</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/20/2006 - 10:11</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In a year end news conference <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/20/washington/20cnd-prexy.html">President Bush announced</a> he has not yet decided what to do in Iraq. Selected quotes: </p><ul> <li>- "I will tell you we're looking at all options. And one of those options, of course, is increasing more troops."</li> <li>- "would require difficult choices and additional sacrifices because the enemy is merciless and violent."</li> <li>- "And I encourage you all to go shopping more."</li> </ul> <p>The one thing he knows for sure is that shopping</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/bush-iraq-shopping-will-help" rel="tag" title="Bush on Iraq: &quot;Shopping Will Help&quot;" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Bush on Iraq: &quot;Shopping Will Help&quot;</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Wed, 20 Dec 2006 18:11:31 +0000 cvining 39 at https://cvining.com End of Rummy's War https://cvining.com/end-rummys-war <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/end-rummys-war" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">End of Rummy&#039;s War</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 12/03/2006 - 07:29</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today's NY Times reprints a previously secret memo by Rumsfeld titled: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/03/world/middleeast/03mtext.html">"SUBJECT: Iraq — Illustrative New Courses of Action"</a>, and also an article about the memo: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/03/world/middleeast/03military.html">"Rumsfeld Memo on Iraq Proposed ‘Major’ Change"</a>.</p> <p>Read this remarkable, well written memo yourself. It is a brief, matter of fact and to the point summary of the options presently available in Iraq. The shorthand summary is entirely consistent with previous summaries attributed to the Pentagon: 1) Cut and Run, 2) Stay the Course or 3) Go Long (more troops). Rummy places 'Stay the Course' and 'Go Long' squarely in the 'less attractive' category, while variants on 'Cut and Run' are all in the 'could and, in a number of cases, should be done' category.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/end-rummys-war" rel="tag" title="End of Rummy&#039;s War" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about End of Rummy&#039;s War</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sun, 03 Dec 2006 15:29:54 +0000 cvining 37 at https://cvining.com Only Satan would be Anti-Iraq War https://cvining.com/only-satan-would-be-anti-iraq-war <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/only-satan-would-be-anti-iraq-war" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Only Satan would be Anti-Iraq War</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 11/26/2006 - 18:00</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>[img_assist|nid=32|title=Satanic Symbol of Peace?|desc=Source|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]<br /> Homeowners complained that a Peace sign/wreath might be an anti-Iraq war symbol or possibly even Satanic. When the rules committee determined the wreath was within the rules, the homeowners association president fired the committee.</p> <p>My view is that the wreath is a Satanic symbol of peace. Who would oppose the Iraq war except Satan? The mind boggles.</p> <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061127/ap_on_re_us/anti_peace_sign">Full story from the AP</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/only-satan-would-be-anti-iraq-war" rel="tag" title="Only Satan would be Anti-Iraq War" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Only Satan would be Anti-Iraq War</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Mon, 27 Nov 2006 02:00:50 +0000 cvining 33 at https://cvining.com Iraqi Death Risk Up 58 Times https://cvining.com/iraqi-death-risk-58-times <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/iraqi-death-risk-58-times" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Iraqi Death Risk Up 58 Times</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/22/2006 - 05:51</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>"A study published by the Lancet says the risk of death by violence for civilians in Iraq is now 58 times higher than before the US-led invasion."</p> <p> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3962969.stm">- From the BBC</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/iraqi-death-risk-58-times" rel="tag" title="Iraqi Death Risk Up 58 Times" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Iraqi Death Risk Up 58 Times</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Wed, 22 Nov 2006 13:51:57 +0000 cvining 31 at https://cvining.com Krauthammer: It's the Iraqis' Fault https://cvining.com/krauthammer-its-iraqis-fault <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/krauthammer-its-iraqis-fault" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Krauthammer: It&#039;s the Iraqis&#039; Fault</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/17/2006 - 06:40</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In his <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/16/AR2006111601359.html">column today ("Why Iraq Is Crumbling")</a> Charles Krauthammer says the trouble with Iraq is the Iraqis' themselves. It seems they aren't ready for Democracy. Or a Republic, even.</p> <p>Very convenient, methinks. Heads we win, tails Iraq looses. Had things gone well there (which was never very likely, and many - including the Bush 41 administration - have said so from the get go), Krauthammer would no doubt give America the credit. But now that the inevitable chaos is clear for all to see, it is the Iraqis' themselves who have failed to build a stable state.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/krauthammer-its-iraqis-fault" rel="tag" title="Krauthammer: It&#039;s the Iraqis&#039; Fault" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Krauthammer: It&#039;s the Iraqis&#039; Fault</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Fri, 17 Nov 2006 14:40:48 +0000 cvining 29 at https://cvining.com US Soldier: "This war is for nothing" https://cvining.com/us-soldier-war-nothing <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/us-soldier-war-nothing" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">US Soldier: &quot;This war is for nothing&quot;</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 07/30/2006 - 19:09</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Chilling article in the Washington Post about a US soldier accused of rape and murder of a 14 year old Iraqi girl. The conditions he dealt with daily in Iraq were stressful to the extreme but when the soldiers themselves don't understand why they are there, the good become callous and the callous become brutal.</p> <p>Telling quotes from the accused:</p> <p>"I came over here because I wanted to kill people."</p> <p>"I shot a guy who wouldn't stop when we were out at a traffic checkpoint and it was like nothing"</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/politics/iraq" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/us-soldier-war-nothing" rel="tag" title="US Soldier: &quot;This war is for nothing&quot;" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about US Soldier: &quot;This war is for nothing&quot;</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Mon, 31 Jul 2006 02:09:17 +0000 cvining 11 at https://cvining.com