Saturday, September 08, 2007

Couple of op-ed pieces

As the time for the Petraeus report nears, a couple of op-ed pieces make pre-emptive strikes.

Time To Take A Stand(New York Times) Paul Krugman

The article's link on NY Times is subscription only, so I found the text in another blogger's page-

I've got no comments or endorsements of that blogger, just wanted to provide a link to the Krugman piece.

Another op-ed piece from yesterday:

The Partitioning of Iraq
By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, September 7, 2007; Page A21

My only comment as I reacted to this one was that even this recognition is a bit short of what is going on- underneath the seemingly simple "3 partitions" that he sees, are large numbers of groups within each of those 3 partitions all vying for power in a winner takes all style- I've seen and heard of very few of the groups that are seeking to wield power in a power-sharing arrangement. Case in point- the Sadr vs Badr shootout in Karbala almost 2 weeks ago- Shia vs Shia.

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