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    would Syria be a "small war"?

    This experienced observer thinks not:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/newsmakers/fears-larger-war-middle-east-180559605.html?vp=1
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    Hong Kong speaks to America

    http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201306/23/P201306230476.htm

    Traditional Chinese Simplified Chinese Email this article news.gov.hk
    HKSAR Government issues statement on Edward Snowden...
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    Manning's 'protection': President Obama Makes...

    Manning's 'protection':

    President Obama Makes a Fair Trial of Bradley Manning Impossible By Declaring Him Guilty

    The “Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights” Devastates the Credibility...
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    On the 1/10 of 1% chance that jcustis was...

    On the 1/10 of 1% chance that jcustis was serious:

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=phoenix+program+in+afghanistan

    Included in the sumptuous buffet:
    ...
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    The so called "rules" of engagement: ...

    The so called "rules" of engagement:

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/21-5

    Gun down four civilians on a highway, and then call them "insurgents".
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    Yeah, that "We will do whatever we want to do....

    Yeah, that "We will do whatever we want to do. is definitely more reminiscent of the little Bush group.
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    update on Manning's torture

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13138050

    Highlight of the conduct of the Third Reich, er, the US government:


    Informed sources also believe Manning is not permitted to play online...
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    Gadaffy, the bailout papers

    By God, we are a generous people.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-31/libya-owned-arab-banking-corp-drew-at-least-5-billion-from-fed-in-crisis.html

    All it took was the bankruptcy of Lehman...
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    they volunteeered it

    Setting to rest all the confusion about the CIA's role:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theenvoy/20110331/ts_yblog_theenvoy/questions-loom-about-cia-role-in-libya

    They courageously sought to fill...
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    "History Through Libyan Eyes"

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12882213

    Some detail on what the post-colonial rebels have in their hymnals. The usual - martyr creation, bigass airbase, an anti-communist decision point.
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    I don't think your quite listening to the music,...

    I don't think your quite listening to the music, Dayuhan. More or less adjacent to
    barracks bombing and Cole bombing, it was OIL that suddenly had the US and the arch-fundamentalist Taliban feeling...
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    The artificiality of Libya is covered in the...

    The artificiality of Libya is covered in the first link(bottom of page 1). 3 disparate cultures jammed together by Italy into a Colonial Ugly Baby. Probably would have gotten unrested much earlier if...
  13. That "state secrets" privilege, a wholly...

    That "state secrets" privilege, a wholly judge-made concept, had the occasional
    appearance in US law prior to the little Bush administration. Now you see it about as often as a Homeland Security...
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    A corollary of Fuchs' point is that the past...

    A corollary of Fuchs' point is that the past grievances, assuming they actually did occur in conformity with the various press releases, were a result of haphazard reactions, rather than a...
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    I "know" that for any incident of the type that...

    I "know" that for any incident of the type that you mention, you can find a pianoroll like this:

    http://100777.com/node/101

    I am also aware that neither the official allegations nor the...
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    rinse/repeat

    I'm sure you think you know the "truth" about those three incidents, just as the WMD stuff was so ravenously consumed.
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    Ho Hum;Another Stupid War Of Choice

    http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/another-war-choice-5043

    "There is neither a strategic nor an economic justification for a U.S.-led military crusade."
  18. wikileaks synthesis: US bullying allies to stop criminal prosecutions

    Bob Egelko is the legal affairs writer for the SF Chronicle. He takes a break from domestic homicides to isolate three instances in the wikileaks cables of the US seeking to halt criminal...
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    questions about Haaretz' future

    The news would be somewhat less whole without this source.

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/28/110228fa_fact_remnick?currentPage=all

    Read about the Israeli establishment lamenting the...
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    The valiant warriors of homeland security

    Midst the purported financial crisis, and the harrowing ordeal of 'two wars', we take comfort in the courageous battle against surreptitious MMA:
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    The Case That Egypt Diminishes AQ

    http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/02/14/egypt-america-and-a-blow-to-al-qaeda/

    If you like backhanded swipes at Ma Clinton, it's there.

    Conclusion:



    Yes, I know that Clapper's...
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    Carrying on with our press review: ...

    Carrying on with our press review:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/world/middleeast/13diplomacy.html?hp

    Feels that the current American administration was, er, of polarized range.

    Found a...
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    Confuses tactics and strategy. If Professor Pape...

    Confuses tactics and strategy. If Professor Pape and his group at the University of Chicago can be believed, the goal and the strategy are crystal clear: get the troops of "western democracies" out...
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    Palin and Chomsky

    The wretched Palin has announced how pissed off she is over the failure of America to announce who the next leader of Egypt will be:
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    Somehow it got into here that the US invaded and...

    Somehow it got into here that the US invaded and occupied Iraq to promote democracy.

    Ludicrous. Eight years in, and we get only faux elections. Baath party can't participate. Not is democracy.
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