20 Dec 2010

Playing The (Alarming) Percentages

I’m going to take Rep. Peter King entirely at his word. Strip away the pity-party aspects of his op-ed on the coming congressional Muslim hearings and you get this: The great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans. Yet a Pew Poll showed that 15 percent of

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20 Dec 2010

Fudgy The Iranian Whale’s Challenge to American Hegemony

The Green Zone is about to get an Iranian ice cream franchise called Ice Pack, reports the Washington Post’s Liz Sly, in “a vivid reminder of the shifting balance of power here as the U.S. military winds down its presence and prepares to go home.” Sly notes that Ice Pack’s

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20 Dec 2010

You Just Can’t Make Peace With Palestinians

What horrible people, right? Long tables were laid out in the main hall of the Mukata, the presidential compound, and a traditional lunch of lamb and rice was served. Special kosher meals in sealed containers were provided for the Orthodox Jewish delegates. Yes, by all means, take intransigent positions on

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20 Dec 2010

Here He Comes, He’s All Dressed In Black

The Sadrists go for the Maysan governorship, combing their hair and acting respectable: “We want to show the world we are a modern people, an intellectual people,” said Fathal Namaa, the group’s political director in Maysan. “We don’t want to be radical Islamists. I tell my supporters, don’t dress all

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20 Dec 2010

The Counterterrorist’s Lament

I put a warhead/ on a forehead/ in Pakistan But the cargo bombs await me, from San’aa Thanks to my snitch/ I place a GPS fix/ on my border-crossing Hellfiyaaaaah If Pakistan is central/ then I come across as mental/ for my endless Afghan campaign But refocusing on Yemen/ turns the

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20 Dec 2010

A Northern Soul: Southern Afghanistan Drains Resources, COIN Suffers

More Taliban attacks in northern Afghanistan. The south gets the attention and the resources, the north and west deteriorate, and the east — the area most centrally important to the stated al-Qaeda-centric objectives of the war — is in a state of drift, as best I can tell.

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20 Dec 2010

The “Stealth Jihad” Approach to Law Enforcement

To return to Rep. Peter King’s upcoming congressional hearings on American Muslims and law enforcement, the Washington Post reports that consultants to police groups around the country recommend mass demonization: Like Montijo, Walid Shoebat, a onetime Muslim who converted to Christianity, also lectures to local police. He too believes that

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20 Dec 2010

A Northern Soul

More Taliban attacks in northern Afghanistan. The south gets the attention and the resources, the north and west deteriorate, and the east — the area most centrally important to the stated al-Qaeda-centric objectives of the war — is in a state of drift, as best I can tell. For all

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20 Dec 2010

Move In Silence Like Lasagna

“6 Foot 7 Foot” is an insane masterpiece, a declaration that Wayne has lost interest in making sense to you — keep up or don’t bother. I’m kind of shocked that it got performed on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ in the same way I’d be surprised if McDonalds ever slathered a

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19 Dec 2010

Drill, Baby, Drill

South Korea: Not fucking around this time? If you want a longer assessment, wait about two hours and head to Danger Room, but note that the South Korean fire drill scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday on Yeonpyeong island will fire its artillery southwest, i.e., away from the petulant, bellicose

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