Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Few Bones to Chew On: Rae, Dion, Hersh

Congrats to Bob Rae for attracting Maurizio Bevilacqua over to his camp. As far as I’m concerned, Maurizio is a serious, decent and well-respected guy. I’m just wondering though: Rae and Bevilacqua being on opposite sides of the left-right spectrum (Liberally speaking), will Maurizio’s people follow? To be continued. Comments anyone?

Congrats as well to Stéphane Dion, for getting David Orchard’s endorsement. The guy might be a tad controversial, but his supporters are said to be loyal, so Dion gets a few more votes there. It’s just realpolitik. Granted, Orchard has been a Liberal for only a year or so. But then again, when did Bob Rae buy his membership card?

A few days ago, I linked to an op-ed, in French, by Stéphane Dion, on the role of our Canadian Armed Forces. The English version is now available on Dion’s site, here.

If you haven’t read Seymour Hersh’s piece in The New Yorker
about the latest Middle-East conflict, get to it! If you believe everything Hersh says - and I’m inclined to believe him - those gung-ho guys in the White House are even more incompetent (and dangerous) than I thought they were.

Here’s just a little bits and pieces to chew on:

The Bush Administration was closely involved in the planning of Israel’s retaliatory attacks. President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney were convinced, current and former intelligence and diplomatic officials told me, that a successful Israeli Air Force bombing campaign against Hezbollah’s heavily fortified underground-missile and command-and-control complexes in Lebanon could ease Israel’s security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential American pre-emptive attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations, some of which are also buried deep underground.”

This is scary. These madmen (well … their troops, which is really not the same thing) have been bogged down in Iraq for over three years. Now, they want to know just how well an American Air Force bombing would work in Iran?

Hello!!! Iran is four times the size of Iraq, has a population of 75 million, and actually has a real and well-equipped army. In every sense of the word: just don’t go there.

Says a Hersh source: “The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result”. Yeah! We figured that one out already.

Wag up and down,


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