A lighthearted look at the American tragedy
As per the assessment by an American area specialist, "Western energy policies in Eurasia collapsed in May 2007. During this month, Russia seems to have conclusively defeated all Western-backed projects to bring oil and gas from Central Asia directly to Europe ... Cumulatively, the May agreements signify a strategic defeat of the decade-old US policy to open direct access to Central Asia's oil and gas reserves. By the same token they have nipped in the bud the European Union's belated attempts since 2006 to institute such a policy."The second, 'US-Iran: Taking talks to the next level' by Kaveh L Afrasiabi discusses the possibility that the US-Iran talks might move beyond discussing Iraqi security to discussing the nuclear standoff in the works. This might be spurred, the article notes, by various factors, the political pressure of the Democrats (not perhaps as big as stated), and the slowing of momentum for further UN sanctions due to European interest in Iranian proposals to reactivate the IAEA inspections.
The failed car bombing carries chilling echoes of explosions in Iraq and Israel, where similar crude devices have killed hundreds.Talk about staying on message. Feckless Leader has said that Iraq can turn out like Israel, so the two must be reinforced in our little minds as being associated.
Everybody loves Fred.Even you and me, though we may not yet be aware of it. Talk about insider knowledge, Ms. Quinn must frequent cocktail parties by the dozen to get that smart. Why a VP needs to be loved is something the OpEd left unanswered, perhaps another installment will clue us in.
A careful reading of the story of Cheney's coup against a feeble executive reveals that paragraphs 7 through 10 were written and inserted in haste by a powerful editorial hand. The banging of colliding metaphors in an otherwise carefully written piece is evidence of last-minute interpolations by a bad editor whom no one has the power to rewrite.And concludes:
So the 'bad editor' mushes up the point of the article, of which this is only part one of four, and the article was also delayed until the end of June when Washington has already fallen into its summertime snooze. I do think that is only part of the story, that the article was printed now is also a sign that elements are pushing back as strongly as they can to try to limit the power of Cheney at this juncture. The 'bad editor' must have been a last minute compromise.
A key element of the coup is also ignored: the role of the press as revealed in the Libby scandal ... : Note in particular paragraph seven the phrase that Cheney's subversive roles "went undetected." The correct verb is "unreported."
This series is a landscape of an internal war. Parts of it are still smoking and some reputations are visibly dying--anonymously, for the moment. The journalistic graves registration people will go in later and tag the corpses.
As with sex or real estate, it is often best to keep the lights off.As Glenn says, this could be the official motto of our press corps.
The US media seems reluctant to pose this simple question to US officials. With the apparent single exception of Kevin Hill of McClatchy Newspapers (and a blogger who calls himself “China Hand”), the media has not done its homework on Patriot Act Section 311. Thus, at one of the State Department's recent daily press briefings, a reporter asked: "Can we then conclude that using this 311 section of the Patriot Act is like a far more powerful tool than anybody imagined?" Section 311 is not some creature of the US regulatory patchwork run amuck. All that is required to stop a Section 311 action is a few instructions published in the US Federal Register.I believe that this media blindness is intentional. This is a perfect example of how the press thinks and works, if the facts do not fit the view you wish to present, you ignore them, and since you ignored them, they don't exist.