Wednesday Open Thread
Lebanon is mourning the loss of the politician assassinated yesterday. Most people think Syria did it. But the powerful family of the slain Christian politician seems to be doing a good job of keeping the thoughts of angry revenge tamped down enough to prevent outright chaos. Nowhere in the major news outlets (CNN , MSNBC , ABC , CBS , Fox ) do I see the story about the outgoing congress leaving much of their spending appropriations work undone even though there is an AP story about it that was on Yahoo News. (link ) Last month was the mostly deadly month for Iraqis thus far. (link ) I think this is a decent article about Pelosi and "San Francisco values."
And, whether you agree with him or not, General Wesley Clark's suggestions for what to do next in Iraq are probably the best starting place for discussion you will find anywhere. (link ) I encourage you to read the whole thing but here is the summation paragraph:
Ultimately, security in the Gulf and winning against al-Qaeda will require that we work with regional powers, promote stability and gradual transformation, and regain "strategic consent" for long-term U.S. assistance in the region. We must use the situation in Iraq to propel us toward this larger goal, and in doing so, we will also find the right way to wind down our deployment there.