Friday, December 29, 2006

Sure, it was suicide

Shining moments in journalism: when lawyer-turned-journalist Paul Sanford asked White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan if leaking Valerie Plame's name was tantamount to treason.

The Monterey County Herald is reporting that laywer Paul Sanford died Christmas Eve morning, approximately 9:30am and ruining the breakfasts of several hotel guests.

Apparently Sanford felt it was time to make the big leap from the Embassy Suites Hotel in Monterey, although he carelessly failed to leave any apparent reason for doing so.

My favorite line from the article:
"Police declined to state exactly why they ruled the case a suicide."

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

What came first: the escalation or the provocation?

I'll admit it up front - that's a trick question.

December 20, 2006
Jane's reports that for the third time since August 2006 Israel has rejected peace talks with Syria.

December 26, 2006
Meanwhile MSNBC is reporting that Israel lied to the United States about new settlements. They are building a new settlement in the West Bank even though they swore they would not.
Pretty sure the United States won't even think about cutting the aid directed to Israel.

December 26, 2006
Meanwhile, over at the Baltimore Chronicle, in their OpEd section: Crime of the Century: Are Bush & Cheney Planning Early Attack on Iran?
The USS Stennis carrier group is steaming west from the Pacific to Persian Gulf.

December 22, 2006
While all this is going on, Flynn Leverett and Hillary Mann wrote an editorial for the New York Times that was redacted by the White House. After the CIA had already concluded that it contained no classified content.
There are many things revealed in this report, not the least of which is the White House's rebuffing of all Iran offers of help.
[Ed. note: Iran borders Afghanistan and did not recognize the Taliban government. Sounds like it would have been fruitful for the U.S. to avail themselves of Iran's offers of help.]

December 25, 2006
The U.S. arrested Iranian diplomats in Baghdad - who were invited by the Iraqi government. In addition to the heavy-handed way used to provoke Tehran, the action was also illegal.

It might be time to start that pool on when the Iran War starts.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Another reason Israel bugs me

Did you know there's a formal Knesset committee by this name:
Joint Security Committee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the U.S. Congress?

Strangely, other than the chairman, there is no list of Knesset committee members. So it only goes to follow that there is no list of U.S. Congressmen. It's probably all 435.

The Knesset chairperson is Yuval Steinitz. This is important because Steinitz popped off 11 December 2006 about chances that the United States will abandon the military option (read preemptive attack here) vis a vis Iran and go for the diplomatic option instead.

And he's had it with the Palestinian Authority too - time to disband it.

He's also the dude who flipped out when Prime Minister Olmert accidentally admitted the open secret that Israel has nucleaer weaons and called for his resignation.

Nice allies.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A wildcat strike by another name

It will have to break in the foreign media if and when the U.S. troops mutiny in Iraq. TBR reports a nervous Pentagon is increasingly worried about the troops in Green Zone Follies. (TBR collects political articles, mostly from abroad but with some US input (mainly from internet sites.)

The same article is cross-posted at San Francisco Indymedia, with the title slightly changed - Rumors of troop mutinies in Iraq.

This could very well show up on Project Censored next year.

Keep an eye open for reports of this. And if you think mass mutinies can't happen, then read up on the French Army and German Navy mass mutinies in World War I. The French Army's mutiny in April 1918 was their refusal to go "over the top" but rather defend their lines only. The German Navy similarly reacted in the Kiel Mutiny of October 1918. The German High Command concocted a suicidal plan to engage the British Navy, and sailors at Kiel mutinied. The mutiny spread beyond the sailors at Kiel to other ports and finally reaching the German Army. The British Army experienced mutinies in France after WW I as well. And let's not forget the misclassified and underreported mutinies of the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Astounding beliefs

How's this for an outstanding belief: Cherry Tree, PA had a radical segment that wanted all households to keep weapons and ammunition to prevent crime. The one councilmen in favor of the proposal, Henry Statkowski, acknowledged that Cherry Tree does not have a crime problem.

When asked if he felt his position was analogous to Iran's, he left in a hurry to look up "analogous."

The Detroit Free-Press gleefully reported on this story.

In other news, Senator John McCain, who with his Cole Harbour fact-finding presidential commission, coasted to an easy 8-4 victory over Milt Romney's Cape Breton Tradesmen presidential commission in Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League action. When Senator McCain was asked why he took time out to participate in sport where he technically did not meet the requirements (senior officials who wish to remain anonymous confirmed that the Senator is taller than 4'), angrily replied that little people have the vote too. It was not pointed out that suffrage has not been extended to Canadians.

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
John Maynard Keynes