"...Remember the dead-enders argument against timetables? That a timetable would give "the enemy" a reason to hide out until the troops come home to unleash their power on an unwitting Iraq? Why wouldn't a short-term "surge" suffer from the same problem? Do the people proposing this solution think that there are some fixed number of insurgents out there that just need a mopping-up so we can solve the problem?"the original 'timetable' argument was bollox - but at least we should hold them to some sort of consistency rule.
* some holiday cheer - every 2-3 months or so, i drop my ironictimes.com - and am always happy i did. its a little bit difficult to navigate - each (weekly) issue has 3 pages - look for the links at the top and bottom of the page (hit the archive link for, um, archives) - and don't forget to read the scroll bar at the top of the frontpage. they often issue 'corrections' which are usually 'harder' than the rest - here's an example:
"CORRECTIONbut the rest of the site is usually quite funny/clever.
We reported that the United States government had issued new rules to stop the practice of extracting false confessions from suspects through the use of torture. In fact, it is the Chinese government which has made this effort. Torture is still used by the United States. We apologize for any confusion caused by our mistake."
* everyone is trying to switch over to Blogger
against that criteria, i have really very fucking large blog - 8200 posts - so far. actually, the only reason i want to switch over is so that i can actually add tags to the VERY few substantial posts that i write - mostly the Sibel stuff - so that people don't have to wade through the mountains of detritus that i post to find anything of value. i promise that my posts wont end up like larisa's with a gazillion tags and links and things - if only cos i'm way too lazy.