TUESDAY’S LIBRARY

February 22, 2005 // by admin

For your edificiation and reading pleasure, why not check out: Baghdad Dweller for an Iraqi take on Al-Jazeera (well, we knew that all along, didn’t we?) Iraqi Bloggers Central for a story we all wish were true. Roger Simon, who will take you to this essay by Paul Johnson. The Daily Star, for aloha Allawi.  (Or are we […]

TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT XIV

February 22, 2005 // by admin

From Baghdad Dweller, “Culture Smart Cards” for G.I.s hereand here.  Very cool.  How soon before someone mass markets these like the “Most Wanted” deck? * Pop-Ups They have names like “Defenders of Baghdad,” the “Special Police Commandos,” the “Defenders of Khadamiya” and the “Assault Brigade.”  But unlike the equally colorful names of terrorist groups, these paramilitary units are not […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY

February 22, 2005 // by admin

[Note:  light blogging today, as I try to catch up on work and sleep, unfortunately in that order.  You can still catch my piece on  Chester, “The God Complex”–and look for a sequel on his site this Thursday.] Jumping the Shia gun UPDATE:  CNN reported just minutes ago that Ibrahim al-Jaafari is the Shia coalition’s nominee for the prime minister […]

PRESIDENT’S DAY

February 21, 2005 // by admin

For a New Yorker, Washington, D.C. is an odd town.  Instead of the mercantile hustle of Manhattan, you sense the hum of a massive bureacratic machine going about its business.  Cabs pick up more than one fare, few people wear black; conversation in restaurants does not revolve around the perennial New York topics of media, […]

QUIS CUSTOIDET CUSTODES CUSTODUM?

February 21, 2005 // by admin

Hesitant as I am to tax the reader’s patience with matters better and more extensively covered by bigger and more extensive blogs–Instapundit and Michele Malkin come to mind here–I couldn’t let Financial Times columnist Jurek Martin’s two cents on blogs go by without a ha’ penny of my own.    In this weekend’s “Letter to America”–entitled “Attack […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY II

February 21, 2005 // by admin

Going home These quotes come from “Good night Fallujah:  ‘Raider’ starts for home” a story by the Christian Science Monitor’ssuperb Iraq journalist Scott Peterson.  Peterson writes about U.S. Marines of the First Light Armored Reconnaissance, Charlie Company, who have been stationed in Fallujah since November.  Come this April, insha’allah, they will be on a flight for Camp Pendleton, […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY I

February 21, 2005 // by admin

[Note:  Chester has been kind enough to offer me some valuable real estate on his must-read site for some some regular posts–my first contribution is up today.] Live by the sword… He was an idiot.  It was a Sunni funeral, not a Shia one. — Iraqi housewife Um Self, commenting on the homicidal martyr who, on Saturday, rode […]

SATURDAY’S LIBRARY

February 19, 2005 // by admin

Mighty mouse in hand, one would do well to check out: The newly-redesigned Belmont Club, where Wretchard discusses the latest outrage from the Iraqi “resistance fighters.” A Glimpse of Iraq, where we have a date with a major agricultural product of Iraq. Dar Al-Hayat, where Abdulwahab Badrakhan weighs in on the Hariri assassination. Granite State Pundit, where […]

STAYING POWER

February 19, 2005 // by admin

Occasionally, an op-ed piece strikes a note so precise and correct, it resounds in the imagination for days.  That’s the experience I had, at any rate, reading Arthur Herman’s essay in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Iwo Jima,” which dealt with one of the bloodiest battles of World War II–a ferocious fight against Imperial Japan that began […]