21 Jan 2007

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

Photo by Nicole Bengiveno for the New York Times (Note from Pach:  Please go read the whole NYT story before they bury it under the toll booth in two weeks.  Read it before someone sells the movie rights and they pretty the story up for general audiences.  You won't believe

20 Jan 2007

The Battle For Sadr City

(Photo found via Needlenose.) The US has quietly moved to take on the Mahdi Army as a preperation for the surge. Thinking in CENTCOM has been for some time that Sadr is a factor which can be isolated and dealt with. This is the kind of mistaken thinking which will

19 Jan 2007

David’s Problem

David Sirota, author and journalist, wants press access to the Capitol. Not so simple. He sent a letter to Lorraine Woeller at Businessweek, who controls the access why he wasn't given a pass: From: Woellert, Lorraine [mailto:Lorraine_Woellert@businessweek.com] Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 9:05 AM To: David Sirota Subject: for the

13 Dec 2006

Disaster in the Making

Couldn't sleep, checked my e-mail and was astonished: Pentagon's plan: More U.S. troops in Iraq — Boosting presence and aid, and an anti-Sadr offensive, carry risks but offer the best path to victory, military officials say. By Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer 10:25 PM PST, December 12, 2006   

12 Dec 2006

We’re Now in Stupid Land

From the New York Times: Iraqis Consider Ways to Reduce Power of Cleric  By EDWARD WONG BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 – After discussions with the Bush administration, several of Iraq's major political parties are in talks to form a coalition whose aim is to break the powerful influence of the radical

08 Dec 2006

Echoes of Diallo

Recently, there was a shooting in New York, the kind of thing which exposes the racial divide in large cities. Sean Bell, 23, was leaving a strip club around 4 AM, with two friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman.  They were confronted by undercover cops on a side street, and

03 Dec 2006

A Fighting Retreat

  Historical analogies are imprecise thing, at best. This isn't 1842 or 1940, 1944 or 1950. Every battle, every war, is different, and they end differently. So by looking back at Dien Bieh Phu or Mang Yang Pass or Chosin, we are not saying this is what will happen. But

19 Nov 2006

Giving Thanks

Every family is different. My sister loves Christmas, it is her day. She stays up all night wrapping toys for her kids, happy as could be. Me, I love Thanksgiving. It is my holiday. While I love the turkey and the food, and if you need recipe help, you can

17 Nov 2006

Your Iraqi Army

Earlier this week, a large group of Iraqi police commandos emptied out the higher education ministry. This raid took 50 brand new pick up trucks. The regular police watched this happen. Then, yesterday, Iraqi police hijacked and ambushed a mercenary protected convoy. When you read about this in the MSM,

11 Nov 2006


  Today is Veteran's Day, the day we remember the living. Or go shopping. The Commonwealth combine their Memorial and Veteran's Day into Rememberance Day. So if you see people walking around with red flowers in their lapel, they're probably British or Canadian. Americans like soldiers, but love to ignore