All that’s needed to be spot on is for that leader guy to go on vacation.

  1. mxpwr03 says:

    There is no such thing as a “Shiite,” the name is pronounced closer to Shi’a with a guttural q where the apostrophe is.

  2. bobbo says:

    I recall “the parliament” or the entire government was going to go on a 4 month summer recess before the US objected? Then the story said the parliament was “thinking about it” and then the story was dropped.

    Now they’re on vacation? Cant be any war there if the governments on vacation? Proof Positive, GOUSA has won!!

    Time to acknowledge the victory, or- – -are we staying for the oil?

  3. Cinaedh says:

    If the U.S. went into Iraq for the oil – and there doesn’t seem to be any other reason – why did world oil reserves supposedly go down and the price of gasoline go up so dramatically?

    If, according to Cheney the U.S. was going to finance the entire war with Iraq’s oil, why didn’t that happen?

    I’d really like to know the real reason and not the oil company lies. I’ve always been curious about that….

  4. nobloodforoil says:

    Here’s a Skeptoiod analysis of blood for oil in Iraq:

  5. ArianeB says:

    #5 That analysis, while factually correct, misses the big picture.

    Two things happened in the 1970s that changes the picture. in 1973, we went off the gold standard and started using fiat money. In about 1975 or so, OPEC says that all purchases of oil shall be made in US Dollars.

    Then in 2000, Iraq wanted Euros for oil rather than dollars. Then 2001, Venezuela wanted Euros for dollars too. So does Iran.

    Bottom line, despite what you have heard, the Iraq war has been waged with the sole purpose of propping up the dollar value with military might. It is of course failing, because, we are for all intents and purposes losing in Iraq, and we are going heavy into debt to support this war which is causing the dollar to crash against the Euro.

    Japan and China have lots and lots of dollars. They do not have oil reserves of their own so they use it to buy oil from many countries we consider “unfriendly”. If they cant use dollars to pay for oil, the dollar will crash… can you say “hyperinflation”

    Want proof? Read Ron Paul’s analysis

    Or a more entertaining analysis comes from British comedian Robert Newman (video)

  6. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #6 – You are right. Robert Newman IS more entertaining than Ron Paul.

    Thanks for the link. Now THAT is what I like in my stand up comedy. Actual content. 🙂

  7. mxpwr03 says:

    In developing news… Muqtada al-Sadr has called for all members of the Jaish al-Mahdi to lay down arms (even against the MNF-I) for a period of 6 months

  8. bobbo says:

    6–Yes ArianeB==thanks for that link. “The sine quo non of a democracy is to dissolve corporations!” That is “content.”

    Last week for fun I installed “TeraCopy” just to see how it would work==no different than windows explorer, so why use it? Just now, I tried to save the temp file that Robert Newman Comedy Routine was creating in my Local Setting\Temp folder and as usual it was locked and would not copy. But TeraCopy said to download “unlocker” so I did, and now I have that long comedy clip on my hard drive. Sweet!–given that most of the good stuff on internet creats files too large to convert and have mailed to me.

    Don’t let this good stuff get away from you!!!

  9. Ralph, the School Bus Driver says:

    #1, ChcknHwk03

    There is no such thing as a “Shiite,” the name is pronounced closer to Shi’a with a guttural q where the apostrophe is.

    Like so many other crap you post, again you screwed up. They are properly called Shiite. The English word does not have to be identical to the original. The same way we call and spell it ROME while the Italians call it ROMA; or PARIS while the French pronounce it PAREE; or we call it QUEBEC while the natives pronounce it KEBECK.

    Another example would be President George Bush Bush, while the rest of the world call him dipshit. Or dipdork.


    So how is basic training going? Like your new haircut? Don’t you feel better knowing you can go fight for your country?

  10. doug says:

    #8. “The surprise declaration was widely taken as a tacit acknowledgment of the damage done to his movement’s reputation by two days of Shiite-on-Shiite in-fighting, which killed 52 people, wounded 279 and forced thousands of pilgrims to flee birthday celebrations for the Mahdi, one of Shiite Islam’s most revered medieval saints.”

    a PR move because of the Shiite-Shiite part of the Iraqi Civil War. woo-hoo.

  11. doug says:

    and a taste of what’s coming in September:

  12. Cinaedh says:

    #4 and #5 – ethanol and nobloodforoil and others

    Thanks for the links and all the information. Much appreciated.

  13. mxpwr03 says:

    #10 – There is no “t” sound in the name as in “talk.” I’ve spoken with several Arabic speakers, from Saudis to Syrians, and watch enough al Jazeera to know that spelling the name with two t’s is misleading.
    And I’m not in basic yet, that is in January, but I am participating in ROTC and the program is going very well the people there are great, thanks for asking. I’m also on a phased withdrawal for the hair cut, but it is nice to go back to short.

    #11 – I didn’t say it was a monumental move, but the development is more debatable than that meaningless cartoon. Bill Roggio hit the nail on the head when he said: “Sadr has a very real image problem to deal with concerning the Mahdi Army. Today’s statement calls for an end to violence in order “to rehabilitate [the Mahdi Army] in a way that will safeguard its ideological image.” The fighting in Karbala, the violent opposition to the Shia-led government, the criminal activity, and the assassinations of Shia governors are causes of great concern for Sadr. These activities are no longer being tolerated by the greater Shia community.” The legacy of the Jaish al-Mahdi is steeped in a proud history, but as of late rouge elements have caused the movement to lose some face among the followers of Abdel Aziz Hakim and SIIC and the moderate liberals in the Da’wa, INC, & INA. If Sadr is serious, which is the real question about his motive, he can bring together the loyal, honorable elements, while the fringe elements would become alienated and a more vulnerable target, therefore decreasing the cost of dealing with these groups. Besides I’ll take a untrustworthy cease fire with an ounce of hope, than the young cleric’s usual antics.

    Also, I wouldn’t call the inter-Shi’a conflict between the Badr Brigade and Jaish al-Mahdi a “civil war.” Sensationalism only gets your so far.

  14. Mister Mustard says:

    >>All that’s needed to be spot on is for that leader
    >>guy to go on vacation.

    Hey, just because the country is in a shambles doesn’t mean that brush doesn’t need clearing. I understand that stuff grows like weeds in Crawford.

    Eternal vigilance is the price of a brush-free ranch. However, I’d rather pay the price (whatever it is) for a Bush-free America.

  15. tikiloungelizard says:

    #6 Ron Paul is too honest and knows too much, which is why he will be prevented, at all costs, from being president.

  16. mxpwr03 says:

    Oh and Doug, here is William Kristol’s response to that GAO report:
    “The Post reporters–both strongly anti-Iraq war–characterize the GAO judgments as “strikingly negative.” But there’s nothing striking about them. The Democratic Congress ensured that the report would deliver negative “grades” for the Iraqi government by asking the GAO to evaluate whether or not the benchmarks have been met now–just two months after the major combat operations of the surge began. For the report from the White House, Congress asked the administration to detail if the Iraqis are making “sufficient progress.” But Congress asked the GAO, by contrast, to report if the Iraqis had “completed” the benchmarks. This ridiculous standard was a Congressional trap that forced the GAO to waste time and taxpayer money to come out with a pre-ordained and meaningless judgment, since no one ever promised or expected that the Iraqis would have met the benchmarks by now. And the GAO report doesn’t really shed light on the key question: Are the Iraqis making progress?”

    Sounds to me like politics as usual.

  17. RBG says:

    8. mxpwr03. Makes you wonder how much quicker we’d have gotten to that position and how many fewer lives would have been lost on both sides if the enemy hadn’t enjoyed the comfort of continous US citizen reports that the US was about to lose the war.

    1. Arabic-to-English spelling has always been notoriously non-standard. just think of the 6 or 7 ways you can spell Muammar Gaddafi/Khadafy/Qadhafi.


  18. Mister Mustard says:

    >>Makes you wonder ….. how many fewer lives would have been
    >>lost on both sides

    What I wonder is how many fewer lives would have been lost on both sides (and how many hundreds of billion dollars less would have been spent) if Little King Dumbya had not lied us into a war so that he could assuage his Daddy Issues and Heart Attack Cheney could get rich(er) at taxpayer expense.

    As John Lennon used to say: “Imagine”.

  19. RBG says:

    You mean Bush lied that Iraq invaded US ally Kuwait? That little…



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