Speaking of the fairer orientation, there’s too much cool shit on Metafilter today for me to pick a link and pretend like I’m informed. They are, in no particular order, testable hypotheses regarding the “gay gene”, the Passivhaus architecture that’s already necessary, and some guys finding their perfect supervillain hideout behind Niagara Falls.
The US is accusing Iran of funding two sides of the same conflict, which has a weird symmetry to it, especially given that half of the Reagan-era staff are now advising Bush. Uninterestingly and unsurprisingly, the suggestion that the recent incarnation of the Ayatollah Saddam bin Castro is behind American troubles comes shortly after Bush’s ridiculously unpopular decision to escalate augment US troops in Iraq. Condoleezza Rice heard a few complaints from her own party:
Madam Secretary, when you set in motion the kind of policy that the president is talking about here, it’s very, very dangerous. As a matter of fact, I have to say, Madam Secretary, that I think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam – if it’s carried out. I will resist it.
– Senator Chuck Hagel (R)
I fear that what the president has proposed is more likely to make things worse. We hoped and prayed we would hear of a plan that would have two features: to begin to bring American forces home and a reasonable prospect of leaving behind a stable Iraq. Instead, we heard a plan to escalate the war, not only in Iraq but possibly into Iran and Syria as well. I believe the president’s strategy is not a solution, Secretary Rice. I believe it’s a tragic mistake.
– Senator Joseph Biden (D)
We argue that, based on what is known of other insurgencies, once the major irritant – us — is removed, conditions can be created for a healing of the wounds. To encourage and promote that process, we advocate a careful program including a “stabilization force” under the UN working for the Iraq government to police the major facilities (roads, hospitals, schools, banks, factories, etc.). This force would not engage in counterinsurgency and would have a limited mandate so the things that have made an American presence unacceptable will be lessened.