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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Not up to the task

"The Obama administration does not know what to do in the Middle East. It is headed by a man of great ability and little experience who recruited aides who have proven incapable of carrying the heavy policy load. The Middle East today confronts many dilemmas. It is a crossroads of huge dangers and exciting opportunities. Obama must take himself in hand, replace his policy team and prepare strategically for a situation in which Middle East publics will have far more to say than ever before....Judging by the experience of the past two years, it doesn't look like he's up to the task."

The Islamophobic Industrial Complex: What are the Quasi Muslims Really Selling?

"A grave consequence of legitimizing these polarizing and obscurantist personalities is that it takes away from the scholars, academics, and lay people that are engaged in real reform and criticism."

Bushspeak: Dark and Garbled words

"The name War on Terror is itself perhaps the darkest example of Bushspeak. You cannot have a war on ideas, or a war on religious beliefs, or even a war on people's feelings of grievance and injustice. The War on Terror is code for belligerent interference in the Middle East. It is also code for the suppression of dissent in America, something dear to the kind of people with which Bush surrounds himself, people who lie, cheat, and profit from billions of dollars being squandered. And all this crashes over us as a result of what the intelligence community calls blowback from bad policies and neglect of years ago."

To God…

"After reading continued reports of Israel’s illegal assaults upon the Palestinians I thought about such an event and imagined such an opportunity. Since in reality I know that prayer is such an opportunity, I decided to write my complaint in the form of a prayer. I wrote it, hoping that perhaps it might drift within earshot of the noble angels who carry prayers to God, hoping they might be impressed by its desperation and deliver it right away."

James Howard Kunstler: "America, Think Downscale!"

"America is headed for “a long emergence,” according to author, James H. Kunstler. He’s convinced that the days of the economy running on a cheap supply of fast-fading oil will soon be history. He spoke at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD, on Feb. 20, 2007. Kunstler said it’s time for the country to think: “Downscale!” He sees hard times ahead. Kunstler also doesn’t think much of how the U.S. looks either. He said much of it is a “piece of crap.”"

Petraeus takes the Genie out of the bottle

"Petraeus has made a courageous statement that could play a key role in weakening the pro-Israel lobby and allow for a much more balanced US approach to the Middle East conflict. While Palestinians and Arabs always felt that such statements were obvious, they need to publicly support such positions and, at the same time, avoid any statements or actions that would embarrass these brave American military and political officials."

The Geneva Storm

"Rightists and hardliners on both sides of the conflict's divide may have condemned this Geneva group, but the impact they have made in the U.S. can't be so easily dismissed. Their contribution will be felt on many levels and will grow in the months to come."

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