Tuesday, November 25, 2003
And while it's perfectly reasonable to complain about Republican pork -- their hypocrisy on the issue, and their partisanship, are both pretty rank -- it's useful to remember that no one in national politics has entirely clean hands; this one's largely on the Democrats.
Monday, November 24, 2003
My attention fastens on the weirdest things at these events -- like Earle's succinct report of an onstage technical glitch: "The sumbitch ain't connected to the motherfucker." The same explanation might apply to some of the problems we're having in Washington...
- Bruce Hoffman, director of RAND's Washington office and a terrorism analyst, said that although Sir John analyzed the role of intelligence in countering Al Qaeda, most of his examples were drawn from 18th- to 20th-century wars rather than 21st-century conflicts. "Keegan is largely right on the role of intelligence in conventional wars," Mr. Hoffman said, "but he is not right about counterinsurgencies in any century, when intelligence is the sine qua non of success." Modern wars, he argued, are not fought only with military tools. "So intelligence has a very different role today. You can no longer fight, much less win them just with military strength."
Great news for our forces in Iraq, which might be able to succeed by applying intelligence, without brute manpower. Or not:
- Mr. Hoffman maintained, for instance, that poor intelligence on the radical jihadists and pro-Saddam Hussein loyalists who are killing both Iraqis and American soldiers today "is one of our major problems in Iraq."
- If we have a blackout as natural gas prices go up, people are going to know who to blame, because it was the Democrats, it was the Democrats who brought this bill down.
The last time those sorts of things happened, in California, the cause was ultimately energy companies gaming the system. But if it happens again, it's the fault of the Democrats...