Category Archives: Middle East

Israel fortifies opposition to peace

(Updated below) Like Presidents Clinton and Carter before him, Barack Obama is trying to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As a start, Obama asked Israel to stop expanding settlements, a.k.a. stealing Palestinian land. However, just yesterday, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an important part of Obama’s request: “In my conversation with […]

The Iraq Show: National Sovereignty Day

Shock. Awe. The first season exploded out of the gates. The world watched as fireballs flashed on the green fuzz of night vision. Blinding. White. American tanks rumbled through the desert, billowing dust clouds into the sky. After Baghdad had been taken and the tyrant had been chased away, our hero swooped down and declared […]

We tortured people to death

It’s time again to talk about torture… Too much of the debate on torture has focused on specific tactics in isolation. The logic goes like this: Pouring water on someone’s face doesn’t sound so bad does it? Having to stand in the cold doesn’t sound too terrible. Being slapped a few times is mean but […]

Roundup for Monday 6/22/2009

How Goldman Sachs played a key role in destroying the economy, and still managed to come out ahead at the end: “Imagine a meat company that bred ten billion rats, fattened them on trash and sewage, ground their bodies into chuck, and then sold it all as grade-A ground beef to McDonald’s and Burger King, […]

The Democrats War

Looks like there are only 32 House Democrats that are actually against the war in Iraq. The other 224 are either openly for the war, pretending to oppose it to get votes, or just following orders. In 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi excused her failure to stop the war funding, despite a Democratic majority in […]

Quote of the week on the Iranian election

“The absurdity of avidly cheering Mousavi’s supporters, who voted for a man likely instrumental in the creation of Hizbullah, a few days after avidly cheering the so-called ‘crushing defeat’ of Hizbullah in Lebanese elections earlier in the week should be apparent to everyone…” – Daniel Larison I readily admit that Mousavi and his supporters are […]

The Iranian election & American hypocrisy

The results are in. The Western world’s boogeyman, Mr. Ahmadinejad of Iran, has won re-election by a score of 24,527,516 to 13,216,411. The United States, with democracy drooling from its lips, instantly barked about voting irregularities, even though evidence of fraud is, at the moment, nonexistent. Another bark came when Iran repressed some of the […]

What Obama should have said in Egypt

Good afternoon. Assalaamu alaykum. I’m going to keep this short and simple, because I need to get back to fixing America’s health care system and designing the next Corvette. So let me start off by saying We’re Sorry. Invading Iraq was a mistake. Instead of making the region safer or spreading democracy, all we’ve done […]

Obama speaks in Egypt

Yesterday El Presidente gave a speech in Cairo designed to restart America’s relationship with the Middle East and the larger Muslim world. If you’ve got 55 spare minutes, you can watch the speech here: Or read the transcript here. But you probably don’t have 55 minutes to watch his speech or a half hour to […]

Obama: One step forward, ten steps back

In May, I wrote a post about how Obama reversed his own policy and decided not to release photos that depicted the torture of detainees at prisons other than Abu Ghraib. Obama said releasing the photos would endanger The Troops for little reason because, and I quote, “I want to emphasise that these photos that […]