Fęrsluflokkur: Senķlir pólķtķkusar

...og stašhęfir aš Bush sé versti forseti Bandarķkjasögunnar...

Ķ Bandarķkjunum hafa yfirlżsingar Carter vakiš nokkra athygli, žvķ žaš er ekki til sišs aš fyrrverandi forsetar gagnrżni sitjandi forseta, allra sķst meš žessum hętti. Gagnrżni Carter į Blair hefur žvķ skiljanlega vakiš mun minni athygli. Reyndar sagši Carter bara aš utanrķkisstefna forsetans vęri sś verasta ķ sögunni, og aš Bush hefši svikiš arfleiš repśblķkanaflokksins, Bush eldri, Reagan og jafnvel Nixon. Skv. AP:

"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions. "The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo confirmed his comments to The Associated Press on Saturday and declined to elaborate. He spoke while promoting his new audiobook series, "Sunday Mornings in Plains," a collection of weekly Bible lessons from his hometown of Plains, Ga.

..."We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," he said. "But that's been a radical departure from all previous administration policies."

Žaš er kannski ekkert sérstaklega merkilet viš žessa yfirlżsingu Carter, ašallega vegna žess aš žetta eru ekkert sérstakla próvókerandi yfirlżsingar. Mér sżnist nefnilega aš deilur um "arfleiš" Bush snśist nśoršiš um hvort hann verši talinn versti forseti Bandarķkjasögunnar, eša hvort hann verši ašeins einn af verstu forsetum sögunnar...


mbl.is Carter gagnrżnir stušning Blairs viš Ķraksstrķšiš
Tilkynna um óvišeigandi tengingu viš frétt

Rumsfeld setur į laggirnar rannsóknar og menntastofnun, mun veita grįšur ķ 'Master of the Destruction of Foreign Countries'

Crazy as a coocooclockAš auki mun rannsókna og menntasetur Rumsfeld fįst viš tilvistarspeki og ljóšlist. Samkvęmt Washington Times:

Rumsfeld has moved to new offices on M Street Northwest where he is working on setting up a new foundation, according to Larry Di Rita, a former Pentagon spokesman and Rumsfeld aide. ... 

"He's [Rumsfeld, ž.e.] considering a lot of things but he wants to remain engaged in public policy issues and is in the process of creating a foundation that would involve teaching and research fellowships for graduate and post-graduate students," ... The goal is to promote continued U.S. engagement in world affairs in furtherance of U.S. security interests.

Žetta finnst bloggurum ķ Bandarķkjunum aušvitaš alveg stórfyndiš, žvķ Rumsfeld er fręgastur fyrir aš hafa lagt grunninn aš einhverju hörmulegasta fķaskói ķ sögu bandarķskrar utanrķkisstefnu. 

Rumsfeld veršur žó einnig minnst fyrir framlag sitt til stjórnmįlaheimspeki, žvķ viš hann er kenndur heill skóli tilvistarspeki. Rumsfeld minnti okkur t.d. į raunveruleika strķšs og hernašar, og aš mašur fęri ķ strķš meš žann her sem mašur hefši en ekki einhverja ašra ķmyndaša heri:

“As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Žetta sagši Rumsfeld desember įttunda, 2004, į fundi meš hermönum ķ Kuwait, og ég held satt best aš segja aš žetta sé ein uppįhaldstilvitnun mķn ķ stjórnmįlaleištoga eša hernašarsnilling, og ég žori aš vešja aš žessi tilvitnun muni lifa ķ manna minum um ókomnar aldir og halda nafni Rumsfeld į lofti löngu eftir aš ašrir mešlimir Bush stjórnarinar verša öllum gleymdir...

En Rumsfeld hefur sagt fleira skemmtilegt ķ gegn um tķšina - t.d. um hvar gereyšingarvopn Saddam vęru. Ķ vištali į ABC fyrir rśmum fjórum įrum sagši Rumsfeld:

We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

"East, west, south and north, somewhat." Žaš žarf alvöru snilling til aš lįta sér detta ķ hug aš svara spurningu meš žessum hętt, og ég efast eiginlega um aš žaš sé hęgt aš kenna svona snilli ķ rannsóknarskólastofnun, žó hśn sé rekin af Rumsfeld sjįlfum!

Og fyrst viš erum farin aš tala um snilligįfu Rumsfeld er rétt aš rifja enn og aftur upp ljóš hans, "the known and unknown unknowns", upprunalega flutt į fréttamannafundi/ljóšalestri varnarmįlarįšuneytisins žann 12 febrśar 2002:

    • Reports that say, that something hasn't happened
      • are always interesting to me,
    • because as we know, there are known knowns;
      • there are things we know we know.
    • We also know there are known unknowns;
      • that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know.
    • But,
      • there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know...
    • we don't know.

Ég skal hundur heita ef žaš leynast ekki fleiri gullmolar ķ persónulegum pappķrum Rumsfeld.

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McCain óttast aš strķšiš ķ Ķrak verši óvinsęlt... fréttaskżrendur óttast aš McCain hafi tapaš öllu raunveruleikaskyni

Hvaš gerir mašur ekki fyrir völd og įhrif?John McCain tapaši prófkjöri repśblķkanaflokksins įriš 2000, žrįtt fyrir aš vera augljóslega skynsamari og įbyrgari en helsti mótframbjóšandinn, George Bush yngri. En skynsemi og yfirvegun mįttu sķn lķtils gegn ófręgingarmaskķnu Karl Rove og "the wingnut vote" sem Bush viršist hafa reytt sig į. En McCain er mašur sem lęrir af fyrri mistökum, og žvķ viršist forsetaframboš hans 2008 eiga aš snśast um 1) hręsni og svik viš fyrri yfirlżsingar, 2) aš sleikja upp vitfirringa į borš viš Jerry Falwell, sem McCain hefur įšur fordęmt, og mikilvęgasti parturinn: 3) fullkominn flótta frį raunverulaikanum...

Og žó flipflop McCain séu skemmtileg (mašurinn hefur skift um skošun į mikilvęgum mįlum, eins og réttindum samkynhneigšra, tvisvar ķ einu sjónvarpsvištali!), og žó nżfundin įst hans į trśarofstękismönnum sé svķviršileg er žaš raunveruleikaflótti McCain sem er eiginlega merkilegastur.

Ķ gęr lżsti McCain žvķ nefnilega yfir aš hann óttašist aš Bandarķska žjóšin kynni aš snśa bakinu viš strķšinu ķ Ķrak!

"By the way, a lot of us are also very concerned about the possibility of a, quote, 'Tet Offensive.' You know, some large-scale tact that could then switch American public opinion the way that the Tet Offensive did," the Arizona senator said.

Nś hlżtur mašur aš spyrja, hvernig gęti almenningsįlitiš "snśist" žegar kemur aš strķšinu? AP reynir aš śtskżra žennan sögulega referens McCain žannig:

Tet, a massive invasion in 1968 of South Vietnam by Communist North Vietnamese, inflicted enormous losses on U.S. and South Vietnamese troops and is regarded as a point where public sentiment turned sharply against the war.

Og žaš er žį von aš mašur spyrji: Getur almenningsįlitiš snśist "gegn" strķšinu ķ Ķrak? Žaš vęri ašeins hęgt ef almenningsįlitiš vęri fyrst fylgjandi strķšini, ekki satt? Yfirgnęfandi meirihluti žjóšarinnar er nefnilega andsnśinn strķšinu, og žvi hvernig rķkisstjórnin hefur kosiš aš hį žaš. 63% Bandarķkjamanna vilja aš ALLIR hermenn verši kallašir aftur Ķ ĮR! Viš erum ekki aš tala um nauman meirihluta sem hafi efasemdir um strķšiš og vilji aš žaš verši fękkaš ķ hernum ķ Ķrak - nei, yfirgnęfandi meirihluti alemennings vill aš Bandarķkjaher geri akkśrat žaš sem Bandarķkin žurftu aš gera ķ Vietnam: Višurkenna ósigur og fara heim! 62% telja aš žaš hafi veriš mistök aš rįšast ķ Ķrak til aš byrja meš!

Nś mį vel vera aš McCain hafi eitthvaš annan skilning en viš hin į žvķ hver žessi "almenningur" sé, og hvert įlit hans sé į strķšinu ķ Ķrak. Og kannski finnst honum aš almenningsįlitiš ekki "sharply against the war"...

Og ef svo er getur vel veriš aš McCain sé klókari og ķ betri tengslum viš raunveruleikann en viršist viš fyrstu sżn, žvķ žrįtt fyrir allt hafa Bandarķkjamenn "bara" misst um 3000 manns ķ žessu fįrįnlega strķši sķnu. Og įstandiš gęti hęglega oršiš verra. Mešan Bush viršist neita aš horfast ķ augu viš hversu slęmt įstandiš er nś žegar oršiš er McCain hugsanlega byrjašur aš hafa įhyggjur af žvķ aš žaš sé um žaš bil aš verša enn verra, žvķ žó yfirgnęfandi meirihluti žjóšarinnar sé andsnśinn strķšinu getur andstašan oršiš enn hįvęrari.

Kannski er McCain ekki alveg eins vitfirrtur og sumir fréttaskżrendur og liberal bloggarar ķ Bandarķkjunum halda? En ef McCain er virkilega farinn aš óttast aš įstandiš geti oršiš enn verra ętti hann aš reyna aš sżna smį įbyrgšarkennd og koma hreint fram viš kjósendur, frekar en aš vera aš eltast viš stušning veruleikafirrtustu kjósenda repśblķkanaflokksins, sem halda aš žaš sé enn hęgt aš merja śt einhverskonar "sigur" ķ Ķrak.

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Svertingjar žurfa aš "komast yfir" žręlahaldiš - hętta žessu djöfuls vęli

'Og svo, til að bíta höfuðið af skömminni vilduð þið láta frelsa svínið Barrabas' - Hargrove til hægri, Englin til vinstri .jpg

Ķ tilefni Martin Luther King dagsins, sem var į mįnudaginn, finnst mér višeigandi aš halda mér viš fréttir um samskifti kynžįttanna ķ Bandarķkjunum. Ķ gęr birtust fréttir į annarri hverri bloggsķšu um Frank D. Hargrove, sem er žingmašur Repśblķkana ķ fylkisžingi Virginķu. Ķ ręšu sem Hargrove flutti til aš lżsa andstöšu sinni viš aš Virginķufylki bęši svarta Bandarķkjamenn afsökunar į žręlahaldinu, lżsti hann žvķ yfir aš žessi žręlažrįhyggja vęri mjög skašleg. Žaš vęri alls ekki gott fyrir samfélagiš aš vera alltaf aš rifja upp žręlahald, og aš žaš vęri löngu kominn tķmi til aš afkomendur žręlanna kęmust yfir žessa fortķš sķna...

black citizens should get over it

Viš žetta ęstust negrarnir og allskonar vinstrimenn:

In an unusual and tense exchange on the floor of the House of Delegates, Democratic Dels. A. Donald McEachin of Henrico County and Dwight Clinton Jones of Richmond defended a proposed resolution that seeks a state apology for slavery.

"When somebody tells me that I should just get over slavery, I can only express my emotion by suggesting that I am appalled," said Jones, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus.

In a floor speech, Jones -- a Baptist pastor -- said he would apologize where others wouldn't.

"I want to apologize. I want to apologize to the mothers and fathers of my ancestors who were transported to this nation against their will in order that this nation might be built upon their backs.

"I want to apologize to the mothers and fathers of the civil-rights generation who were hosed and bitten by dogs, and their children were killed in churches as they burned," he said.

Žaš fer engum fréttum af žvķ hvort Hargrove hafi kosiš aš móšga svertingja eitthvaš meira, en honum fannst hann hafa skiliš śt ašra minnihlutahópa sem ęttu lķka skiliš aš fį aš heyra žaš:

In yesterday's Daily Progress, Hargrove was quoted as wondering how far such apologies should go, saying, "Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ? Nobody living today had anything to do with it.

Svo skemmtilega vildi nefnilega til aš einn af helstu gagnrżnendum Hargove var einn af žessum Jesśmoršingjum, David L. Englin, og honum var ekki skemmt. Englin og Hargrove sitja vķst lķka hliš viš hliš ķ žingsalnum. En Hargrove fannst engin įstęša til aš draga neitt af žessum athugasemdum til baka, eša bišja neinn afsökunar, enda vęru gagnrżendurnir allir óžarflega hörundsįrir... 

Englin, one of three Jewish delegates, recalled to the House how he was picked on when he was a child because of the misperception that Jews killed Jesus. ... "I want you all to understand . . . what it means when people of the respect and stature of a member of this body perpetuate the notion that Jews killed Christ."

En Hargrove til varnar veršur aš taka fram aš hann "meinti ekkert" meš žessu, enda 79 įra og gamlir karlar hafa vķst leyfi til aš segja alla andstyggilega og vitlausa hluti sem žeim dettur ķ hug. 

House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said, "I can see how people would be offended. But knowing Frank, I know he didn't mean anything."

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Meira jesśtengt grķn viš upphaf 110 löggjafaržings Bandarķkjanna!

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Um daginn voru žingmenn 110 löggjafaržings Bandarķkjanna samankomnir ķ Washington til aš sverja embęttiseiš. Viš žessa athöfn var haldin einhverskonar bęnastund, žar sem allir ašrir en heišingjar og villutrśarmannenn ķ Demokrataflokknum tóku žįtt. (Žeir söfnušust sennilega allir saman ķ myrkri kjallarakompu og lögšu į rįšin um hvernig žeir gętu meš įhrifarķkustum hętti grafiš undan bandarķskri sišmenningu...)

Til žess aš vega upp į móti allri heišninni og trśvillunni ķ flokksbręšrum sķnum įkvaš öldungadeildaržingmašurinn Robert Byrd (D-WV), sem er 89 įra gamall, aš standa prķvat og persónulega fyrir einhverskonar vakningarsamkomu og gólaši višstöšulaust upp śr eins manns hljóši "hallelśja" "ķ jesś nafni", "dżrš sé drottni ķ upphęšum" og eitthvaš įlķka!

Byrd was [...] in a mood to give praise, calling out "Yes, Lord" and "Praise Jesus" during the prayer that kicked off the Senate portion of the 110th Congress' opening.

Öll žessi hróp og köll höfšu eitthvaš dregiš śr honum mįtt, žvķ žegar Byrd įtti aš ganga fyrir varaforsetann Darth Cheney, hné hann nišur. Og nś er ekki nema von aš menn spyrji sig: Hlżtur ekki aš vera eitthvaš samband į milli žess aš Byrd skuli hnķga nišur žegar hann nefndi frelsarann į nafn ķ nįvist Cheney? Sem betur fer var öldungadeildaržingmašurinn John Glenn - sem er fyrrverandi geimfari, hvorki meira né minna - staddur rétt viš Byrd, og bjargaši Byrd:

He stumbled after coming forward with several other senators ... to take the oath of office from Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I wasn't thinking anything. I was standing right behind him. I was afraid he broke something," Glenn said, noting that Byrd's ankle appeared to twist. Other senators and Glenn helped Byrd get to his feet.

"Hallelujah!" Byrd proclaimed after steadying himself with the help of Glenn and other senators and walking back to join his colleagues, a cane in each hand. "Hallelujah!" He appeared to be uninjured.

Byrd er ekki bara žekktur fyrir aš vera gamalmenni og eldheitur trśmašur: hann er lķka fyrrverandi  mešlimur ķ ungmennafélaginu Ku-Klux-Klan, og žótti af Klan-bręšrum sķnum vera svo duglegur viš aš hata negra og ašra minnihlutahópa aš hann var fljótt geršur aš "Exalted Cyclops" sem er ęšsta stašan innan lókal Klan-hópsins. Nokkurnveginn sambęrilegt žvķ aš vera Gauleiter ķ nasistaflokknum...

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Loksins svar viš einni af rįšgįtum okkar daga: Hver drap Bamba? Hver annar en Dick Cheney!

Who killed Bambi?.jpg

Žessi spurning hefur brunniš į vörum allra ķ umžašbil žrjį įratugi, eša svo, hver drap bamba?! Hipparnir hafa veriš bendlašir viš žetta ódęšisverk - enda žeim ekki treystandi. En nś kemur semsagt ķ ljós aš žaš lķklega hefur Dick Cheney veriš į bakviš dauša Bamba!

Ķ allan dag og gęr, hef ég, milli žess aš baka piparkökur og drekka kaffi, veriš aš fylgjast meš magnašri frétt um dautt dįdżr fyrir utan the Naval Observatory, sem er opinber bśstašur varaforsetans. (Myndin hér til hlišar er af dįdżrinu, daušu). Um helgina uršu vegfarendur varir viš aš žaš lį dautt dįdżr utanķ the Cheney compound - sumir reyndu aš bišja lögregluna aš fjarlęgja dżrshręiš, en žremur dögum sķšar liggur dżriš ennžį jafn dautt fyrir allra augum:

People passing by the vice president's residence over the weekend were shocked to see a dead deer on his lawn. "Who killed it!?" asked one horrified witness. "The deer has been there a while, because a friend E-mailed me earlier this morning to report the sad sighting. I just saw it myself, in a cab going down [Massachusetts Ave.]. I'm crying."

Another source confirmed the carcass on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory, where the vice president lives. "I was walking to work and tried my best to look away,"

Žetta bambamorš hefur augljóslega vakiš mikinn óhug mešal vegfarenda sem senda tölvupóst til fjölmišla, og bloggmišla. Fréttin var fyrst į Wonkette - og žvķnęst į NY Daily News, sem hringdi ķ skrifstofu Cheney til aš krefjast skżringa. Starfsmenn varaforsetans neitušu hins vegar aš svara spurningum um dįdżriš eša önnur morš ķ nįgrenninu, og vķsušu į lögregluyfirvöld.

NY Daily News telur reyndar aš sennilega hafi Cheney veriš aš reyna aš drepa hinn gošsagnakennda Rśdolf - en hann var hreindżr en ekki dįdżr. En Cheney hefur įšur fariš dżrategundavillt žegar kemur aš žvķ aš skjóta į hluti sem hreyfast - žaš er öllum enn ķ fersku minni žegar hann skaut annaš gamalmenni - vin sinn og Texas Bigwig Harry Whittington ķ andlitiš į veišiferš fyrr ķ įr. Žį žóttist Cheney hafa veriš į rjśpnaskytterķi. 

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Galin gamalmenni: Öldungadeildaržingmašurinn Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) rįfar um žingsali ķ nįttfötunum

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Bandarķkjamenn eiga žaš til aš sinna żmsum erindum ķ nįttbuxunum - žaš er t.d. alsiša aš hįskólanemar męti ķ nįttbuxunum ķ skólann mešan próf standa yfir. Og yfirleitt kippir fólk sér ekki upp viš aš sjį fulloršiš fólk į nįttfötunum śti ķ bśš. Ég veit ekki hvort žessi sišur er bundinn viš Mišvesturrķkin, en žaš viršist vera almenn skošun fólks aš nįttbuxur séu įsęttanlegur klęšnašur ķ sišašra manna samfélagi.

En žaš viršist sem žessi sišur žyki ekki nógu fķnn ķ Washington D.C., žvķ į föstudaginn varš uppi fótur og fit žegar starfsmenn žingsins sįu til öldungadeildaržingmannsins Pete Domenici žar sem hann var į einhverju rįpi, ógirtur, klęddur ķ nįttbuxur og stóra skyrtu. Domenici, sem er 75 įra gamall, virtist vera į stefnulaus rįfi um ganga žinghśssins ķ buxum sem sjónarvottar sögšu aš gętu ekki hafa veriš neitt annaš en nįttbuxur. Ašrir žóttust hafa séš Domenici į nęrbrókinni... Samkvęmt The Hill: (The Hill krefst įskriftar, sem ég tķmi ekki aš punga śt, en Raw Story birti parta śr greininni):

We had a number of reports Friday that Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) was wandering the halls of Senate office buildings in his jammies, ... Two staffers said they saw the Senator wearing 'tartan' or 'buffalo plaid' pajama bottoms and a 'loose-fitting shirt.' By the end of the day, one informant called to say she heard Domenici was walking around in his boxers.

Domenici brįst hinn versti viš žessum ašdróttunum: 

What are people talking about ‘walking the halls’? I work!’” the 74-year-old Domenici said, sounding a tad indignant that folks would assume his lightweight wool plaid pants were pajamas. “These pants have two pockets like any else.”

They’re comfy, and they’re fun, he said. “People stop me to talk about them. They’re Christmasy, they’re black and white.”

Žannig eru semsagt buxur skilgreindar af oršskilgreiningarrįšuneyti Repśblķkana? Eitthvaš sem er meš tvo vasa? Fyrir žarsķšustu jól keypti ég mér einmitt svona buxur, śr žykkri bómull meš tveimur vösum. Žaš hafa žį veriš fullkomlega legitimate vinnubuxur, samkvęmt Domenici? Domenici hefur reyndar eina afsökun: žaš eru aš koma jól, og žessi nįttbuxnaįrįtta bandarķkjamanna er yfirleitt verst ķ Desember. En hvenęr uršu svartur og hvķtur aš "jólalitum"? Ég hélt aš gręnn og raušur vęru "jólalitirnir".

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Minnisblaš Rumsfeld ķ heild sinni, og eitt af betri ljóšum hans

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Eftirfarandi er minnisblaš Rumsfeld til Bush, dagsett 6. nóvember. New York Times birti minnisblašiš ķ heild sinni ķ morgun, og fylgir žvķ eftir meš umfjöllun. Minnisblašiš sżnir aš Rumsfeld var bśinn aš gera sér grein fyrir žvķ aš strķšiš vęri svo gott sem tapaš, og aš žaš vęri komiš aš žvķ aš forsetinn horfšist ķ augu viš hversu ömurlegt įstandiš vęri. Žaš er sérstaklega athyglisvert aš Rumsfeld telur žaš meš verstu kostum ķ stöšunni aš "stay the course" (Reyndar segir Rumsfeld "Continue on the current path", og oršhenglar repśblķkanaflokksins eru įbyggilega tilbśnir til žess aš halda žvķ fram aš žar meš hafi Rumsfeld ekki veriš aš gera lķtiš śr "stay the course" stefnu forsetans)

Ég hef aldrei veriš sérstakur ašdįandi Rumsfeld, en mér sżnist hugmyndir hans flestar benda ķ rétta įtt. (Jś, aš vķsu hef ég alltaf dįšst aš žvķ hvernig Rumsfeld setur saman furšulegar opinberar yfirlżsingar um hluti eins og "the known unknowns, and the unknown unknwonws", en yfirlżsingum Rumsfeld hefur veirš lķkt viš existensķalķskan skįldskap. Eftirfarandi eitt af betri ljóšum Rumsfeld, performeraš 12 febrśar 2002, į fréttamannafundi/ljóšalestri varnarmįlarįšuneytisins:

    • Reports that say, that something hasn't happened
      • are always interesting to me,
    • because as we know, there are known knowns;
      • there are things we know we know.
    • We also know there are known unknowns;
      • that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know.
    • But,
      • there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know...
    • we don't know.

Minnismišinn er ekki alveg stórkostlegur skįldskapur, en sem sęmilega raunsannt og skynsamt mat į stöšu mįla er hann hreint ekki svo slęmur! Rumsfeld vill ekki fjölga hermönnum (eins og McCain og forsetinn hafa viljaš), heldur vill hann byrja aš draga nišur herstyrk Bandarķkjanna. Žaš hefur veriš athyglisvert aš fylgjast meš višbrögšum repśblķkana viš minnisblaši Rumsfeld. Žaš sama mį segja um Lieberman - sem er einhverskonar repśblķkani, en hann sagši aš minnisblašiš hefši veriš "in many ways surprising", og er mjög undrandi į aš Rumsfeld vilji ekki fjölga hermönnum ķ Ķrak.

I must say, that the one thing he doesn’t raise as a possibility is to increase the number of our troops there even though there’s very broad criticism of Rumsfeld for having had too few American troops in Iraq after Saddam Hussein was overthrown. That may well be a critical part of the problems that we’ve been having lately.

Žaš veršur forvitnilegt aš sjį hvernig stušningsmenn strķšsins snśa sig śt śr žvķ aš Rumsfeld sé fylgjandi einhverskonar "cut and run-and/or-redeploy" stefnu.

 

Nov. 6, 2006

SUBJECT: Iraq — Illustrative New Courses of Action

The situation in Iraq has been evolving, and U.S. forces have adjusted, over time, from major combat operations to counterterrorism, to counterinsurgency, to dealing with death squads and sectarian violence. In my view it is time for a major adjustment. Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough. Following is a range of options:

ILLUSTRATIVE OPTIONS

Above the Line: (Many of these options could and, in a number of cases, should be done in combination with others)

¶Publicly announce a set of benchmarks agreed to by the Iraqi Government and the U.S. — political, economic and security goals — to chart a path ahead for the Iraqi government and Iraqi people (to get them moving) and for the U.S. public (to reassure them that progress can and is being made).

¶Significantly increase U.S. trainers and embeds, and transfer more U.S. equipment to Iraqi Security forces (ISF), to further accelerate their capabilities by refocusing the assignment of some significant portion of the U.S. troops currently in Iraq.

¶Initiate a reverse embeds program, like the Korean Katusas, by putting one or more Iraqi soldiers with every U.S. and possibly Coalition squad, to improve our units’ language capabilities and cultural awareness and to give the Iraqis experience and training with professional U.S. troops.

¶Aggressively beef up the Iraqi MOD and MOI, and other Iraqi ministries critical to the success of the ISF — the Iraqi Ministries of Finance, Planning, Health, Criminal Justice, Prisons, etc. — by reaching out to U.S. military retirees and Reserve/National Guard volunteers (i.e., give up on trying to get other USG Departments to do it.)

Conduct an accelerated draw-down of U.S. bases. We have already reduced from 110 to 55 bases. Plan to get down to 10 to 15 bases by April 2007, and to 5 bases by July 2007.

¶Retain high-end SOF capability and necessary support structure to target Al Qaeda, death squads, and Iranians in Iraq, while drawing down all other Coalition forces, except those necessary to provide certain key enablers for the ISF.

Initiate an approach where U.S. forces provide security only for those provinces or cities that openly request U.S. help and that actively cooperate, with the stipulation being that unless they cooperate fully, U.S. forces would leave their province.

¶Stop rewarding bad behavior, as was done in Fallujah when they pushed in reconstruction funds, and start rewarding good behavior. Put our reconstruction efforts in those parts of Iraq that are behaving, and invest and create havens of opportunity to reward them for their good behavior. As the old saying goes, “If you want more of something, reward it; if you want less of something, penalize it.” No more reconstruction assistance in areas where there is violence.

¶Position substantial U.S. forces near the Iranian and Syrian borders to reduce infiltration and, importantly, reduce Iranian influence on the Iraqi Government.

¶Withdraw U.S. forces from vulnerable positions — cities, patrolling, etc. — and move U.S. forces to a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) status, operating from within Iraq and Kuwait, to be available when Iraqi security forces need assistance.

Begin modest withdrawals of U.S. and Coalition forces (start “taking our hand off the bicycle seat”), so Iraqis know they have to pull up their socks, step up and take responsibility for their country.

¶Provide money to key political and religious leaders (as Saddam Hussein did), to get them to help us get through this difficult period.

¶Initiate a massive program for unemployed youth. It would have to be run by U.S. forces, since no other organization could do it.

¶Announce that whatever new approach the U.S. decides on, the U.S. is doing so on a trial basis. This will give us the ability to readjust and move to another course, if necessary, and therefore not “lose.”

Recast the U.S. military mission and the U.S. goals (how we talk about them) — go minimalist.

Below the Line (less attractive options):

¶Continue on the current path.

Move a large fraction of all U.S. Forces into Baghdad to attempt to control it.

¶Increase Brigade Combat Teams and U.S. forces in Iraq substantially.

¶Set a firm withdrawal date to leave. Declare that with Saddam gone and Iraq a sovereign nation, the Iraqi people can govern themselves. Tell Iran and Syria to stay out.

¶Assist in accelerating an aggressive federalism plan, moving towards three separate states — Sunni, Shia, and Kurd.

¶Try a Dayton-like process

 


mbl.is Rumsfeld sendi forsetanum minnisblaš um breytta stefnu gagnvart Ķrak
Tilkynna um óvišeigandi tengingu viš frétt

Dramatķskar sorgarfréttir: George Macaca Allen višurkennir aš hafa tapaš

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Fyrir akkśrat tķu mķnśtum sķšan višurkenndi Macaca aš hafa tapaš fyrir demokratanum Jim Webb. Örstuttu fyrr lżsti Conrad Burns sig sigrašan. Og viš žurfum žvķ aš kvešja žessa tvo skemmtilegustu öldungardeildaržingmenn Bandarķkjanna. Žaš hefur aš vķsu ekkert sést til Burns - Allen mętti nefnilega į fund, og flutti ręšu, mešan Burns lét sér nęgja aš hringja ķ mótframbjóšanda sinn Jon Tester.

Burns, 71, didn't say what he plans to do now, though he indicated he was looking forward to taking some time off. "I hope there is still a good-sized buck out there, because I am going hunting," he said.

Burns er semsagt aš fara aš skjóta dżr. Dick Cheney eyddi žrišjdeginum į skytterķi einhverstašar ķ Sušur Dakóta. Žaš er sennilega mjög róandi fyrir taugarnar aš drepa eitthvaš? Samkvęmt įręšanlegum fréttum ętlar Allen hins vegar ekki aš drepa neinn, eša neitt, žó hann hafi tapaš į žrišjudaginn. Hann segist hins vegar hafa fundiš žaš ķ biblķunni aš hann ętti aš jįta sig sigrašann:

"The Bible teaches us there is a time and place for everything, and today I called and congratulated Jim Webb," he said.

Wonkette segir aš Allen hafi hins vegar haft (bandarķskan) fótbolta meš sér į fundinn, og kastaš honum glettnislega til eins gestanna. Myndin aš ofan sżnir Allen meš boltann. Ręšan var vķst mjög kurteisleg - Allen gekk žį śt meš sęmd, en ekki ķ einhverskonar skrżtnu fżlukasti eins og Burns. Samkvęmt Wonkette, sem livebloggaši ręšuna:

Actually a gracious speech, and it sounded sincere. Nice to show a little class, we like.

Og žar sem Allen er seinasti öldungardeildaržingmašur Repśblķkana til žess aš višurkenna ósigur (žaš į ennžį eftir aš klįra aš telja, eša telja aftur, ķ kosningum til nokkurra žingsęta) hef ég įkvešiš aš setja upp sorgarbśning į sķšuna - žar til ķ fyrramįliš, ķ žaš minnsta. Um hvaš į ég aš blogga nśna, eftir aš Conrad Burns, Rick Santorum, Katherine Harris og Macaca Allen eru öll dottin śt af žingi, og bśiš aš reka Donald Rumsfeld? Žaš er eins gott aš Nancy Pelosi sé eins galin og hęgrimenn og AM Talk radio hafa lofaš okkur!

Allen hefur gefiš ķ skyn aš hann sé ekki alfarinn śr pólķtķk - žaš verši "a grand Macaca comeback" 2008. Aš vķsu ętlar Allen ekki lengur aš reyna aš bjóša sig fram til forseta. Nśna er markiš sett į fylkisstjórastól Virginķu eša sęti John Warner ķ öldungadeildinni.

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mbl.is Allen jįtar ósigur ķ Virginķu; fer ekki fram į endurtalningu
Tilkynna um óvišeigandi tengingu viš frétt

Hryšjuverkamenn kjósa demokrataflokkinn

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Ein aumasta röksemdafęrslan fyrir žvķ aš Repśblķkanar séu žeir einu sem hęgt sé aš treysta til žess aš leiša Bandarķkin ķ strķšinu gegn hryšjuverkum er aš hryšjuverkamennirnir séu allir einhverskonar demokratar, og aš hryšjuverk og įrįsir į bandarķska hermenn ķ Ķrak séu allt partur af einhverskonar kosningaherferš Al-Qaeda fyrir Demokrataflokkinn. Ég hef svosem ekki persónulega séš neinar sannanir fyrir žvķ aš Abu Musab al-Zarqawi hafi ekki veriš mešlimur ķ Demokrataflokknum, en žaš getur varla skipt nokkru mįli hvort hryšjuverkamennirnir vilji aš Demokratar eša Repśblķkanar vinni ķ kosningunum ķ nóvember. Kosningar snśast um aš velja hęfasta fólkiš til žess aš stjórna og leiša žjóšir. Žęr eru ekki tękifęri til žess aš senda skilaboš til fanatķkusa ķ fjarlęgum löndum.

En Repśblķkanar vita aušvitaš aš žaš myndi enginn heilvita manneskja sem hefur fylgst eitthvaš meš fréttum komast aš žeirri nišurstöšu aš žeir vęru réttu mennirnir til žess aš stżra Bandarķkjunum. Žį er um aš gera aš sannfęra kjósendur um aš Al-Qaeda yrši ęgilega svekkt ef Repśblķkanar vinni. Og fyrst žaš er ekki hęgt aš sigra Al-Qaeda og "the insurgents" ķ Ķrak er allavegana hęgt aš ergja žį meš žvķ aš kjósa Santorum og Conrad Burns?!

Ķ śtvarpsvištali hjį Scott Hennen, sem er talk radio host ķ Noršur Dakota, lżsti Donald Rumsfeld žvķ yfir aš terroristarnir vęru allir aš vonast eftir sigri demokrata:

MR. HENNEN: I have a source in the Pentagon that has told me that recently there was a website of one of the terrorist groups, and I believe it might even be multiple websites, that are specifically in Arabic talking about influencing our elections in two weeks, about how the next two weeks is very crucial; the violence needs to be ramped up so as to influence the elections. Is that true?

SEC. RUMSFELD: I have seen those reports that there are terrorist websites that say that. It would be logical, obviously. It worked in Spain. And these people are smart. They're vicious. They're determined. And they watch very carefully what's taking place in the United States. They know there's this coming up. And I wouldn't doubt it for a second.

Rumsfeld hélt žvķ fram aš žaš vęri "rökrétt" aš hryšjuverkamenn vęru aš reyna aš skapa glundroša til žess aš demokrötum myndi ganga betur, og tók heilshugar undir analżsu Hennen:

Here they are, getting up every day saying, “We’ve got an election in two weeks in America, gang, and we want to change horses over there because we don’t like the folks we’re having to deal with now; they’re a little tough on us. So let’s get out there and let’s make some noise.“

Rumsfeld er ekki einn um žessar kenningar. Dick Cheney, Bush og Tony Snow hafa undanfarna viku allir reynt aš halda žessu sama fram:

Dick Cheney:

... the terrorists are actually involved and want to involve themselves in our electoral process, which must mean they want a change

George Bush:

There’s certainly a stepped up level of violence, and we’re heading into an election. … They [Al Qaeda] believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause government to withdraw.

Tony Snow:

And as Lieutenant General Caldwell said today in his briefing in Baghdad, it is possible, although we don't have a clear pathway into the minds of terrorists, it is possible that they are trying to use violence right now as a way of influencing the elections.

Žaš er vissulega rétt aš viš höfum ekki "a clear pathway into the minds of terrorists" og žaš mį guš einn vita hvaš žeir eru aš hugsa. Hvaš žeir ętli aš hafa ķ kvöldmatinn į laugardaginn? Hvaš mįliš sé eiginlega meš Madonnu og Malawi ęttleišinguna? Hvort Brad Pitt sé ekki betur settur meš Angelķnu Jolie, enda hśn miklu sętari og flottari en Jennifer Aniston? Hver veit. Kannski eru einhverjir žeirra lķka aš hugsa um kosningarnar ķ nóvember.

En žegar Bush er spuršur hreint śt, hvort hann hafi einhverjar heimildir fyrir žvķ aš hryšjuverkamenn eša "the insurgents" séu aš reyna aš hafa įhrif į kosningarnar ķ nóvember, er svariš einfalt: nei!

STEPHANOPOULOS: So they’re trying to influence the elections?

BUSH: It could be. I don’t know. I haven’t - I don’t have any intelligence that says that.

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