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Saturday, April 22, 2006

White House Subverts Democratically Elected Government

Iraq After Jaafari,” by Tony Karon, Time, 20 April 2006, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1185825,00.html (from No More Mister Nice Blog).

This is so bad that it's almost hilarious.

Ngo Dinh Diem Jean Baptiste
January 3, 1910 - November 2, 1963
President of the Republic of Viet Nam

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

How To Recognize Good Guys (They Fight Bad Guys)

"Bush Urges Unity in Iraq Government," by Daniela Deane, Washington Post, 28 February 2006, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/28/AR2006022800618.html.

"Security: Power To The People," by John Robb, Fast Company, March 2006, http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/103/essay-security.html (from ZenPundit).

"Sadr City Hit by Wave of Bombings," by Tom Iggulden, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 13 March 2006, http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2006/s1590586.htm.

"With all this defense spending, where is the SysAdmin’s money?," by Tom Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 13 March 2006, http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/archives2/003049.html.

"Sadr City Vigilantes Execute Accused Insurgents," by Paul McGeough, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March 2006, http://smh.com.au/news/world/sadr-city-vigilantes-execute-accused-insurgents/2006/03/14/1142098460864.html.

"Al-Qaeda to blame, says Al-Sadr," The Hindu, 14 March 2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/03/14/stories/2006031404231300.htm.

While George Bush caves into terrorists, Iraq's natural government continues to form. Even while the US gives the green light to terrorists, armed suburbs stand up to protect themselves.

The latest news comes from Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army, who apparently have executed four al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists that perputrated the Samara Mosque Bombing. This event, Iraq's 9/11, was predictably greeted with promises of appeasement by US authorities. Iraq's on the ground, who see their religion and life threatened by murderers, where less cowed.

SysAdmin Guerrilla

Obviously, standing up to terrorists has costs -- costs George Bush isn't willing to pay. Sadr City, where the insurgents were executed, was predictably bombed in retaliation.

Because of the incompetent public-sector "reconstruction" of Iraq," we've ended up making Sadr and his City our near-enemies. This is idiotic. We hate al Qaeda and want a self-determining Iraq people. So do they. Unless George Bush succeeds in pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, Sadr will end as a valuable and natural U.S. ally in the region.

Sadr's useless, but not for long. His future is coming on.

08:50 Posted in Iraq, John Robb | Permalink | Comments (13) | Tags: global guerrillas

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bush Trying to Lose Iraq

"U.S. Is Seeking Better Balance In Iraqi Police," by Edward Wong, New York Times, 7 March 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/07/international/middleeast/07military.html (from Democratic Underground).

While his Chief Justice sidelines international law and supports the military, our Commander-in-Chief prepares to blow it away. If John Kerry was President, we would have a flip-flopper in charge of the military. The current situation is worse.

Let's hope we withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible, before Bush can do more damage.

Or at least, let's hope Bush starts reading tdaxp


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15:00 Posted in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (5)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Guerrillaz, Part IV: Dare


"It's coming up
It's dare

You've got to press it on you
You'll just be thinking
That's what you do, baby
Hold it down, dare

Jump with the moon and move it
Jump back and forth
And feel like you were there yourself
Work it out

I Never did no harm
Never did no harm

Jump with them all and move it
Jump back and forth
And feel like you were there yourself
Work it out"

Gorillaz, "Dare"

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11:50 Posted in Iraq, Poetry | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Guerrillaz, Part III: Clint Eastwood


'"Oh oh oh oh oh

Hey, I'm happy, I'm feeling glad,
I got sunshine in a bag.
I'm useless but not for long:
the future is coming on.

Finally, someone let me out of my cage.
Now, time for me is nothin' 'cause I'm counting no age.
Nah, I couldn't be there. Now you shouldn't be scared.
I'm good at repairs and I'm under each snare.
Intangible, bet you didn't think so,
I command you to, panoramic view:
look I'll make it all manageable.
Pick and choose, sit and lose.
All you different crews,
chicks and dudes, who you think is really kicking tunes?

Picture you getting down in a picture tube
like you lit the fuse.
You think it's fictional, mystical - maybe a
spiritual hero who appears in you to clear your view
when you're too crazy.
Lifeless, to know the definition for what life is,
priceless, to you because I put ya on the hype shift,
you like it?
Gun smokin', righteous but one talkin' psychic
among knows possess you with one though.

The essence, the basics: without it you make it.
Allow me to make this child like in nature.
"Rhythm you have it or you don't":
that's a fallacy
. I'm in them,
every sprouting tree, every child of peace,
every cloud at sea. You see with your eyes
you see destruction and demise,

corruption in the skies
from this fucking enterprise that I'm sucked into your lies,
through Russell, not his muscles,
but percussion he provides.

With me as your guide, y'all can see me now
'cause you don't see with your eye,
you perceive with your mind
(that's the inner).
So I'm gonna stick around with Russ and be a mentor,
bust a few rhymes. So motherfuckers
remember what the thought is:
I brought all this so you can survive when law is lawless.
Feelings, sensations that you thought was dead.
No squealing, remember that it's all in your head."

Gorillaz, "Clint Eastwood"

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18:25 Posted in Iraq, Poetry | Permalink | Comments (3)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Guerrillaz, Part II: 19-2000


"The world is spinning too fast
I'm buying lead Nike shoes

To keep myself tethered
To the days I try to lose

My mama said to slow down
You should make your shoes
Stop dancing to the music
Of gorillaz in a happy mood

Keep a mild groove on

Ba ba ba Day dee bop

There you go!
Get the cool!
Get the cool shoeshine!

There's a monkey in the jungle
Watching a vapour trail
Caught up in the conflict
Between his brain and his tail

And if time's elimination
Then we got nothing to lose
Please repeat the message
It's the music that we choose

Keep a mild groove on

Ok bring it down yeah we gonna break out

Ah ah ah ah"

Gorillaz, "19-2000" (repetitions omitted)

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13:10 Posted in Iraq, Poetry | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: guerrillaz

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Guerrillaz, Part I: Feel Good Inc


"Feel good.

City's breaking down on a camel’s back.
They just have to go cause they don't know whack.
So all you fill the streets it’s appealing to see
You wont get out the county cause you're bad and free
You've got a new horizon It's ephemeral style.
A melancholy town where we never smile.
And all I wanna hear is the message beep.
My dreams, they've got to kiss, because I don't get sleep, no..

Windmill, Windmill for the land.
Turn forever hand in hand
Take it all in on your stride
It is sticking, falling down
Love forever love is free
Let’s turn forever you and me
Windmill, windmill for the land
Is everybody in?

Laughing gas these hazmats, fast cats,
Lining them up like ass cracks,

Ladies, ponies, at the track
its my chocolate attack.
Shit, I'm stepping in the heart of this here
Care bear bumping in the heart of this here
Watch me as I gravitate

Yo, we gonna ghost town, this motown,
with yo sound, you're in the place
You gonna bite the dust, can't fight with us.
With yo sound you kill the "inc."

So don't stop, get it, get it
until you're cheddar header.
Yo, watch the way I navigate

Don't stop, get it, get it
we are your captains in it.
Steady, watch me navigate,
Ha ha ha ha ha!

Don't stop, get it, get it
We are your captains in it
Steady, watch me navigate
Ha ha ha ha ha!"

Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc." (repititions ommitted)

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12:55 Posted in Iraq, Poetry | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Guerrillaz

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Guerrillaz: A tdaxp Series

Earlier I promised a somber post on the mosque bombing in Iraq. But I don't have the words for it. And I'm not a naturally somber person. Like a broken bell, the post would not ring true.


By random chance, while I was trying to think of how to write, I finally listened to Feel Good Inc, off the album Demon Days" by Gorillaz. For some reason the memory of Lady of tdaxp being surprised by the "incorporated" in the title was playing in my mind yesterday -- I could not get the song nor her exclamation out of my head.

As I listened to their songs I came across their video, Clint Eastwood, and was blown away. Watching whatever I could find and listening to every track, this series appeared before me.

gorillaz iraq

In the coming days, tdaxp will host the series "Guerrillaz," joining Embracing Defeat, Liberal Education, and OODA-PISRR as tdaxp tetraologies.

Part I, Feel Good Inc
Part II, 19-2000
Part III, Clint Eastwood
Part IV, Dare

I hope you enjoy.

19:20 Posted in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (1) | Tags: Guerrillaz

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Bush Is Wrong on the Iraq War (If We Leave, al Qaeda in Iraq Loses)

Republican Wedge Issues, 2006 Edition," by Harold Meyerson, American Prospect Online, 08 February 2006, http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=11096 (from Real Clear Politics).

Harold's right. Sometimes, President Bush just grinds my gears.

Old lies die hard. We grow inured to the administration's howlers in defense of its Iraq policy, so much so that the preposterous case the president made in his State of the Union address for our continued presence in Iraq went almost unnoticed. But he actually said this:

"A sudden withdrawal of our forces from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies to death and prison, [and] would put men like bin Laden and Zarqawi in charge of a strategic country. . . ."

Is there one person anywhere inside the administration who really believes that Abu Musab Zarqawi's murderous band of outsiders would emerge as rulers over the vastly larger and very well-armed Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish legions if we pulled out? The same band of outsiders that tried to stop the Sunnis from voting in December's parliamentary election and held their turnout down, in some provinces, to a mere 90 percent?


There's more. This is important.

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21:25 Posted in Iraq | Permalink | Comments (7) | Tags: bush

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Abu Musab Zarqawi, Think Different. (The Muslim Brothers Already Are).

"Praise be to God who gives strength to Islam with His victory....," by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, U.S. Central Command, 9 January 2006, http://www.centcom.mil/sites/uscentcom1/Shared%20Documents/What%20Extremists%20Say.aspx?PageView=Shared (from ZenPundit).

Long before he began his blog, or even guest blogging here, tdaxp has focused on al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He often knows better. Note this time, though.


Zarqawi should follow the Muslim Brothers. He should think different.

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