Oh to be a fly on the wall in these backroom meetings where duh shit gets fixed. We are backing off ....... Or is this a charade to allow Iran a face saving move ?........Telling the outside world one thing and doing another?
West Tells Russia It Won't Press to Penalize Iran Now
Diplomats said that they were pursuing a limited effort to convene a Security Council debate and send the matter back to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
oh yeah that's the ticket-- the IAEA........isn't that how we got here in the first place?
It's high noon at the OK Corral, fellas.
IAEA to hold emergency meeting on Iran on Feb. 2
The International Atomic Energy Agency will hold an emergency meeting on Feb. 2 on Iran's nuclear activities at the request of Britain, France and Germany, the IAEA said Wednesday.
So let me understand this. It's an emergency but it can wait until February 2nd?
It's all about the intel, isn't it? What if the intel is right? What if the intel is wrong? What if the intel says 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 years? What do you do? Nothing? Because you can't really know for sure.
The intel can't be perfect. This much we do know. Iraq taught us that, eh? The intel in Iraq was not perfect and the American left and the left leaning world have not stop recriminating.
And now it seems Gd in his infinite wisdom shows us that Iraq was merely the opening act for the really big shoe. (Gd is a comedienne playing to an audience with no sense of humor) The really big shoe, the ultimate test of our intellectual and testicular fortitude. Iran was always the big get, tough to take down, tougher to take out. Playing the long hand strategically, wasn't it smarter to remove the Iraqi despot before the really big Iranian shoe? Wasn't that necessary? Don't misunderstand me, I am not suggesting that that is the reason we invaded Iraq but it was definitely a plus in the strategic and tactical columns . It was smart. It is still smart.
Speaking of shoes....................eluxury.com had this insane PUCCI shoe on sale from $675 down to $195, just one size left (two sizes too big for me), I bought them anyway. Going down baby in a blaze of fabulous fit challenged footwear. Channeling the Manolo........
Speaking of good intel/bad intel from Power line;
The Predator strike has been widely denounced as a "botched" attempt to kill Swahili. It appears, on the contrary, that it was a well-executed strike that would have succeeded if Swahili had shown up for dinner. In addition to killing a number of aides who were evidently close to Swahili, the attack, which was apparently based on human intelligence, should have good effects. It presumably will arouse suspicion and confusion in AL QED over the identity of the informant and the depth of our penetration of the organization or its allies, and it will remind villagers in the region of the dangers involved in aiding the terrorists.
Speaking of religious fervor Dr. Sanity observes the following;
The schizophrenic patients I have seen with religious delusions were often the hardest to treat and least responsive to medication. Most of them had such severely impaired thinking processes that they could hardly function on a day-to-day basis; let alone would they have been able to rise to a position of influence or power in any culture. But there were a few who were notable for their single-minded and persistent incorporation of everything they came in contact with into their delusional system; and who had only contempt for anyone who didn't subscribe to their psychotic ideas. These latter patients exhibited a psychopathically clever and manipulative intelligence that was completely immune to any insight into their illness. These patients' were chillingly and frighteningly serious about their delusion, and to them you were nothing.
Meanwhile, back at the asylum the mental patient is picking up his marbles and going home
Maybe they are cocky for a reason here. Deputy Chairman for International Affairs of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines Fereydoun Entezari called for joint ventures between Iran and China in the Iranian economic sector.
Addressing a gathering to study prospects for Tehran-Beijing
economic cooperation Monday evening, he said expansion of private
sector cooperation between the two countries can pave the way for
establishment of business partnerships.
It's good to have friends.
A Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up on a Tel Aviv market this afternoon. So far, it seems that 15 persons have been wounded. Of course, this means that 15 more persons and their relatives are going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives. No press agency tells you this. Its' interesting though to see the official reactions:
Javier Solana (that's the guy dealing with foreign policy issues in the EU):
Solana said the attack occurred at a moment of great importance "for the future of Palestine, because of elections." He appealed "to everybody to forget terrorist acts and to give political life a chance. Elections are the only way civilized countries can express themselves."
What Palestine? The one on UN maps? As far as I know there is no "Palestine". And Javier, please, "forgetting" about terror has always been a trademark of the Europeans and leftist antisemites all over the world. Don't ask the victims to do so as well.
"Leaders of any state that uses terrorist means against us, as well as any that may be envisaging -- in one way or another -- using weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would be exposing themselves to a firm and appropriate response on our behalf," [Chirac] said Thursday.