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Iran War Plan: First Window Opening

By on 3.18.06 | 11:04AM

Best signals source indicates the window for concern is March 21 to April 8 to watch for a multiple front offensive by Tehran.

The window has been in the signals since last December, so it is not tied to the UN Security Council action with regard the IAEA referral.

The window may already have achieved its aim by intimidating and marshalling the disparate elements of the Iranian war plan. Syria, Hizballah, Sadr, AlQ, Russia, Cairo, Beijing -- and more, all these are elements in the war plan.

The war plan has three distinct targets:

1. War on oil. To break the U.S. resistance by driving the price of oil into the $80-$100 region and hacking into all GDP projections.

2. Wipe Israel off the map. A decap strike at Jerusalem is credible, or a strike that separates Israel from its supporters.

3. The U.S. political apparatus. Iran has determined that the U.S. cannot deal effectively with a foreign policy crisis in an election year.

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Yaliban at Foggy Bottom

By on 3.18.06 | 10:13AM

Yale Taliban (Yaliban) source points to a new break in the story soon enough, asking the question how did the Talabina regime flack with a fourth grade education get a visa to enter the United States of America? This will turn the investigation from asking what Yale's admission office did to avoid common sense to what did the State Department do to avoid the safeguards against the enemy.

Mention the thickly ironic detail that almost twenty thousand rejection letters are going out next week to those families not as cunning as the Taliban to get their prodigies into Yale.

Foggy Bottom is most vulnerable. Waivers get reviewed. Officials who skirt safeguards get suspended. Student visas get canceled.

Yaliban looks like a good bet for Lahore University with his own show on AlQ TV: My Year With Infidels.

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French Capitalism

By on 3.18.06 | 8:17AM

An oxymoron? If so, why bother? As students pick up where mad Muslims left off -- torching cars, throwing stones -- one's got to wonder whether France shouldn't just stop the anguish of failure and give in to socialism. With unemployment rates like this, who needs French capitalism?

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Re: Stevens

By on 3.18.06 | 12:06AM

Quin: There are rumors about Stevens retiring almost every year. Don't believe 'em.

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Re: Cheer Up, Hearts of Oak

By on 3.17.06 | 3:37PM

Jed, There are candidates who run from the right now and then. One of them is Stephen Laffey, the mayor of Cranston who's running against Linc Chafee for the GOP Senate nod in Rhode Island. The RNC is backing Chafee over Laffey. Solution: don't send your cash to the party. They don't back conservatives -- they back incumbents.

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Re: New National Security Strategy Report

By on 3.17.06 | 2:41PM

James: The problem I have is that we obviously don't have the belly for it. If we were to have followed this strategy from 9-11, by now Syria would be an Israeli protectorate, Iran would be ruled by someone other than the mullahs and the Saudis would be begging for mercy and selling us oil at $5 a barrell. The more we talk the talk but motionless fail to walk the walk, the strategy -- which is right -- rings more hollow.

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Cheer Up, Hearts of Oak

By on 3.17.06 | 2:28PM

Hang in there, Quin. I hope you're right about Stevens. His departure this year would be great. But if he goes next year -- or in '08 -- there's an even greater chance that the Senate (given the fact that pretty near all of them want to be prez) will be more vulnerable to pressure from our side after '06. We need these nitwits, as hard as it is to stomach them. As long as W doesn't try another Miers, we should be okay.

This whole debate stimulates the big question: how do we get people to run against these guys from the right? There's candidates aplenty to run against Repubs from the left. Where are all the stand tall conservatives?

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Re: New NSS

By on 3.17.06 | 1:55PM

James, While it's obviously intended as a shot in the arm for the Bush administration's Iraq policy, it's first and foremost a late term paper -- required by law.

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Jed, What’s the Use?

By on 3.17.06 | 1:42PM

Jed -- These numbskulls won't move any judges forward anyway, they spend like Ivana Trump on steroids, they act like whores to K Street, and they haven't done anything right since about 1998. SO what's the use of keeping them? As for Stevens, I think he'll retire this summer, so we'll have our shot at replacing him before the election.

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Big Ben

By on 3.17.06 | 1:37PM

Guess who took Grand Rapids by storm last night? It wasn't Ann Coulter, though the local scribbler couldn't help but conclude he's no less "derisive toward the Republicans' political enemies."

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