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Archives: February 2008

Obama Scores against McCain

So first came the question posed by Tim Russert and Barack Obama’s answer in Tuesday evening’s debate in Cleveland, which went like this according to the official transcript: ‘ MR. RUSSERT: .…

Sartorial Politics

Sartorial Politics

With reference to this story about Barack Obama dressing traditionally on a good will trip abroad: Here is Bill Clinton doing the same thing: And here is Hillary Clinton in Palestinian dress…

Osama Bin Laden’s "Second Life"

My column for Salon.com on “Osama bin Laden’s “Second Life”: In virtual worlds, does it take two terrorists to tango? And how much should we worry about those secret stockpiles of cartoon…

Three Events that changed the World

Three things happened on Thursday that changed the world. The victorious Pakistan People’s Party, now the largest in the Pakistani lower house of parliament, has reached a deal for a coalition with…

Over 80 Dead in Afghan Blast

A massive suicide bomb ripped through crowd in Qandahar on Sunday, killing over 80 and wounding a similar number. The Afghan newspaper Rah-i Sulh took a dim view of the public’s activities…

McCain as Nixon?

John McCain is the Republican nominee for president. He promises “victory” in Iraq while never defining the word, except that he sometimes promises a long-term enmeshing of the US in a Korea-like…

Gates: US Will not Pledge to Defend Iraq

Prince Andrew thinks Bush is weak in the area of British Empire history, and that the stubborn disregard of British experiences and advice is part of the reason for the debacle. The…

Zogby: McCain Dominates; Obama Enjoys Super Sunday

Zogby is circulating the below: Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Ahead of Super Tuesday, McCain Dominates Everywhere Except California; Obama Enjoys a Super Sunday UTICA, New York—Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain leads in three out…

US Fights Three Wars in Iraq;

Tom Ricks of WaPo says that the US military sees itself as fighting 3 wars: 1. The war against Arab volunteers (“al-Qaeda”) 2. The war against Sunni Arab Iraqi dissidents 3. The…

91 Dead in 2 Baghdad Blasts

Two women set off separate suicide bombs in two markets in Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 91 persons and wounding a similar number. Contrary to what this AP squib implies, the…

Iraq and Iran in the Democratic Debate

Here are the Iraq portions of the Barack-Hillary debate in Los Angeles Thursday night. Both candidates impressed me with their grasp of detail and the serious thought that they have given for…