TCM has had L'Avventura on lately, but I would like to see L'Eclisse, La Notte, and The Passenger again soon.
A lighthearted look at the American tragedy
Mr Gates earlier said that an essential goal for their trip was to reassure moderate Arab leaders that the US's intervention in Iraq was designed to bring peace to the region.I'm sure that 'moderate Arab leaders' (moderate = support US policies) have their own views after 4 years of war what the US intervention was designed for. In any case, spreading democracy is now unmentioned when talking to the moderate princes and potentates of the region.
Rice and Gates traveled to this Dead Sea resort to meet Tuesday with Arab leaders as part of an 11th-hour effort to get their assistance in helping Iraq's fledgling government survive sectarian strife and political infighting. At the same time, the U.S. officials want Saudi Arabia and its neighbors to use financial pressure on Iran as a way of discouraging its nuclear ambitions.That's me, putting in bold the transfered body of water. Or was it the town that was transported. Anyway, the above article is from the WaPo, but written by the AP where the actual War on Where Thing Are is being fought.
That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality.At the time, most of us thought that the statement was an example of hubris, and that reality would bounce back for a little ass-biting.
Three top-ranking US officials spoke in unison over the weekend, hinting at direct US military strikes inside Pakistan - White House spokesman Tony Snow, White House Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend, and National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell.Mr. Bhadrakumar points out the the only event in that time period that might have provoked such an abrupt about face was Pakistan's Supreme Court ruling that the firing of the Chief Justice by Musharraf was illegal. Evidently, the rule of law in Pakistan is just as dangerous as the rule of law in the US to the administration.
Cheney did not directly weigh in with Fielding, but nobody involved had any doubt where he stood. "I'm not sure Bush had a choice," says one of the advisers. "If he didn't act, it would have caused a fracture with the vice president."What is the hold that Cheney has on Feckless Leader? Sure, Bush is intellectually negligible, he has no interest in actually governing, and if Cheney hadn't fucked everything up so badly he would have had good reason to ride out the end of his term in quiet uselessness. But that is not the current situation, the wars are going south, the Republicans are flipping out, and Cheney is still pushing for another war. Is that why Gates just canceled his Latin America trip? Is he a counterweight to Cheney in foreign policy and able to fortify Bush to resist Cheney? Condi isn't and never has been, but then, neither was Powell.
Why is it that the Bush administration, in its dying throes, looks remarkably more like an organized crime ring than one of the arms of the American government? A poorly organized and run crime ring, truly, but a crime ring nonetheless.My (Blog) Simple answer is that they look like an organized crime ring because that is exactly what they are.
It is past time to throw the rascals out of office, and I mean ALL the rascals of whatever party or political persuasion. If they didn’t participate then they closed their eyes to the rot, and by this I cheerfully include the Democrats in Congress who now control Congress and haven’t done anything but talk about doing something.But he doesn't say how.