One of the biggest threats our adventure in Iraq has brought is the situation in Northern Iraq and the Kurdish regions of Syria, Iran, and Turkey. Controlling the irrendentalist Kurds was never an issue, for pro-war conservatives that is, but it will likely be a main point in the decades ahead.
This problem took another step forward this summer with Turkish troops entering Iraq to take care of what the Iraqi government and US/Coalition forces could not. Following the recent campaign of bombings throughout Turkey, it isn't surprising that the US military has been warned (banned without permission from high-ranking officials) against traveling to Turkey.
Given the fiasco earlier this week surrounding the official beginning of talks about federalism (a precursor to a partition) in Iraq. Or the new logic that the Iraqi flag has no place in Kurdistan (aka the other Iraq).
We are - yet again - one step closer to the inevitable end of Iraq and the fragile security the entire region once had. It's so troubling that a Physics major had a better idea of the realpolitik in the region than those "officals" in DC. And a Poli Sci major was born...
Ernesto Targets Charleston! Okay, so Ernesto was about as threatening as Donald "The Duck" Rumsfeld telling the world not to mess with us because we can still take 'em out. Settle down, Ducky, no one is threatening you. Well, anyway, it is time for Drinking Liberally once again tomorrow. And since everyone took last week off, all should be especially eager to gather this week.
So what has Superbush been up to? How would we know? It isn't like Superbush is even slightly open about his thoughts and plans. And when he does speak about things, Superbush is usually lying about whatever it is. From what I can gather, Superbush is getting really fed up with all of us do-gooders trying to make the planet a better place to live. Superbush is still traveling about the country raising money for the Legion of Injustice and trying to convince the American people to be very scared about something.
BTW, did you know that you can go out into the woods at midnight with a bag and the Islamofascists will run right into your bag. Oops, my bad. That was snipe hunting. Actually, there is no reason it shouldn't work just as well with Islamofacists.
So, where were we? Oh, yes. Superbush , be scared, blah blah blah. For Labor Day, Superbush asked for more tax cuts for business owners to help grow our economy. Somehow, we think Superbush may have missed the point about Labor Day and for what it is supposed to stand. Leave it to Superbush to use his superpowers to turn Labor Day into Anti-Labor Day.
Mt Pleasant voters should remember that the polls open at 7:00 a.m. on September 19, 2006. This is just a friendly reminder to get out and vote. That leaves you plenty of time to vote and go to work before Reading Liberally at 6pm.
Also, be sure to remember that South Carolina remains at the bottom of the country educationally with SAT scores that have returned to going down rather than up. We can be so proud. Well, thank God for Georgia.
That is Drinking Liberally for this the 1,223th day since the declaring of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. We're your city leaders, goodnight and good luck.
Don't forget to join us Thursday, September 7, at 5:30pm at Juanita Greenberg's in beautiful downtown Charleston for another edition of Drinking Liberally!
Liberally yours, Sadie, Leslie, Mike & Marilyn
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In sum, there is a symbiotic nature in the relationship between us and the terrorists: if we de-escalate the rhetoric, it will help to lower the value and power of their attacks, whereas if we give them war rhetoric, it will feed their own representation of themselves as jihadists.
But the difficulty here is that, whatever our rhetoric, the USA and Britain and other countries objectively are at war. In Afghanistan, Britain is fighting some of its most intense battles since World War Two. Iraq may not be hosting formal, classic, set-piece confrontations between large-scale and opposing uniformed armies, and the violence there is tribal and criminal as much as it is anti-American and Islamist, but to describe it only as a 'police action' is to trivialise the intensity of the fighting, even if most of the fighting is being done in small pockets and small groups.
So what to do? We are at war, and declaring it over flies in the face of the intense combat that is still happening in Afghanistan.
Maybe instead of changing the rhetoric, its a case of reducing the amount of rhetoric. The Bush administration has suffered with its inattention to logistics, detail and execution of policy, and has been preoccupied with narrating the war and indeed life in general purely as a matter of faith and principle.
Maybe its time to assume that the general public is actually capable of participating in a debate not just about the moral case for war, but a debate about the general strategic approach. The jihadist rhetoric itself is preoccupied with absolutist, apocalyptic claims and calls to arms: maybe ours should be about remaining calm, solving problems and engaging the public.
In other words, less preaching, more policy. How should resources be allocated? How can we help to promote the distinction between radical and moderate Islam? What should we be teaching at schools - are there ways in primary education not only of raising awareness not only about extremism, but about the many conflicts and layers within the Islamic world?