Here is the start of a series I’ll call “Link-it-Up”.
It’s your standard blog entry of interesting posts and teasers. I hate when they get really long though. So I’ll try to limit it to no more than ten so that there is actually a chance you check out the stuff.
At the age of 71, Dr. Jacques Bérès, a veteran of war zones, left his comfortable Paris life last month to smuggle himself into Homs, the center of the Syrian revolt, to tend to the wounded and the sick.
O Murchu had never seen this technique in all his years of analyzing malware. “Even the complex threats that we see, the advanced threats we see, don’t do this,” he mused during a recent interview at Symantec’s office.
we show that this criterion systematically overestimates the temperature threshold and that the Greenland ice sheet is more sensitive to long-term climate change than previously thought. We estimate that the warming threshold leading to a monostable, essentially ice-free state is in the range of 0.8–3.2 °C, with a best estimate of 1.6 °C.
This is of course meant all in jest. Obama will do what Obama feels it is right to do and frankly I don’t think it matters one iota how much time he spends in one place vs. another. That said, honestly, if I was the Iraqi President or PM, I would be a *little* miffed at the missed opportunity for a photo-op… but really… they couldn’t get to the Airport within 4 hours?
Given the choice which would you leave, Baghdad or Ottawa International?
It is a day that should go down into history, but likely won’t at least not with any fanfare.
On January 1, 2008, Erich Kastner, the last remaining soldier who fought for the German Imperial Army during the First World War died. (CBC)
Unlike the “winning” side… Germans don’t celebrate or even commemorate their war veterans… for obvious social issues.
However, at this point almost 100 years later… I think it’s safe to say what happened during WWI was simply the worlds greatest tragedy. And those veterans, on all sides, deserve our respect for having fought in such terrible, horrifying conditions.
And so, goodnight, Mr. Kastner. You are the end of a generation. We hope never again to repeat the bloodshed that you were a part of.
Because clearly… given past actions… if he has, then it really seems inevitable. (either by the US or it’s effective proxy, Israel which just practiced the first 1/4 of the run across northern Syria towards Iran when it was shot at by Syrian Air Defenses.).
What past actions? Well Iraq obviously, but not for the reasons we thought we know… but for the reasons we now know for sure.
Both the French intelligence service and the CIA paid [Naji] Sabri [-- Saddam's foreign minister --] hundreds of thousands of dollars (at least $200,000 in the case of the CIA) to give them documents on Saddam’s WMD programs. “The information detailed that Saddam may have wished to have a program, that his engineers had told him they could build a nuclear weapon within two years if they had fissile material, which they didn’t, and that they had no chemical or biological weapons,” one of the former CIA officers told me.
The next day, Sept. 18, Tenet briefed Bush on Sabri. “Tenet told me he briefed the president personally,” said one of the former CIA officers. According to Tenet, Bush’s response was to call the information “the same old thing.” Bush insisted it was simply what Saddam wanted him to think. “The president had no interest in the intelligence,” said the CIA officer. The other officer said, “Bush didn’t give a fuck about the intelligence. He had his mind made up.”
I wonder if that is the simple explanation why there was such a sudden about-face by France in late-summer of ’03 when Chirac was at one point rallying his own troops for war… and then a few weeks later the largest obstacle to Bush and Blair.
Perhaps it’s as simple as… Chirac trusted his own Intelligence Agency… Bush, chose not to listen… who is Bush listening to now?
The Presidential Elections simply can’t come fast enough.