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  •  Yup. Great diary! (4.00)
    Here's a link. Emptywheel notes that Katharine Armstrong is a registered lobbyist for Baker Botts and has good info on the GOP activities of (her sister?) Anne Armstrong.

    Thanks for the reminder. There's tons more there. It was a great diary that didn't last long enough, imho.

    •  Thanks for the kind words... (4.00)
      ...and for linking emptywheel's compelliing diary of last week. In addition to the Armstrong sisters, I'm curious as to what role, if any, other Baker Botts lobbyists i.e. Stan Ullman and Karen Johnson play in this fandango. FYI, Baker Botts' Dubai office opened last year is staffed by 6 full-time lawyers while their decade-old office in the Saudi capital of Riyadh has but 2.

      No no no! My name has nothing to do with Star Wars.

      by Anacher Forester on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 12:23:28 PM PST

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    •  Anne.... (4.00)
      is her mother..
    •  Could this deal have been discussed (4.00)
      over the lunches during Cheney's visit to the Armstrong ranch?  I wonder if Whittington had a role in the deal too?  How fascinating that Bush and his cabinet had no knowledge of this.  Someone should ask if Cheney was informed. (BTW, Anne Armstrong is Katherine's mother.)
      •  If Iran was discussed over that hunting (4.00)
        weekend, I should think Dubai and UAE were as well, as staging areas for military action if nothing else.
      •  The Great Game, Chapter DCCCLXXII (none)
        I find myself recalling more of late Henry Kissinger's take on the Iran/Iraq War: "It's a pity both sides cannot lose."

        If American forces as currently staged have proven one thing, it's that we can neither "win" this war, nor provide stability through force or reputation as an equitable broker.

        We have serious problems with the growing fundamentalist communities both Islamic sects; one spilled more blood on US soil in any single day since Antietam and is a coup away from controlling Pakistan's nuclear stockpile, while the other proposes to destroy Israel while developing its own nuclear weaponry in a manner surgical military intervention is unlikely to stop.

        Thing is, fundamentalists in each sect loathe the other as much as or more than they hate the U.S.

        What strikes me about the bombing of the mosque yesterday is not just that it was so well planned in advance, but that it was planned so that no one was injured or killed.  Relative to other Sunni bombing attacks on Iraqi Shi'as, this is a highly unlikely eventuality.

        In the absence of our forces' ability to achieve any security beyond the Green Zone, and with dwindling political support in the US for our adventure, it is not at all beyond my imagination that we would consider fomenting a regional, intersect war.  And to see the Cheney meeting cover-up, the UAE deal and the mosque bombing hew so closely together in time should at least force us to consider the "benefits" the White House may derive from inciting a wider sectarian war.

        It would allow our forces to retreat to the high seas and protected ports (i.e., UAE), with a consolatory ability to steer the meta-conflict surgically while incurring lower US casualty rates.  Widespread war would simultaneously prohibit state actors from devoting treasure to nuclear programs and anti-Western adventurism, but at the same time compel them to protect their respective oil sectors in pursuit of the foreign capital needed to lube their war machines.

        Now that pre-emptive war and nation-building have failed, I think it's divide-and-conquer time for Cheney, Rummy, and the holders of trillions of dollars in contracts and capital investment that circle their orbit.

        Somewhere Ike is saying, "I told you so."

        •  THAT'S IT (none)
          The bell of truth (well, as close to we get to truth in these times) is ringing in my head.  Now it all makes sense.

          "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

          by escapee on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 02:13:20 PM PST

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        •  The "Late" Henry Kissinger? (none)
          Did he die while I wasn't looking? He's still alive in Wikipedia...
        •  Bombed to halt anti-US resistance (none)
          The presence in Iran of the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as well as members of the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan, is well known, as is the presence of other controversial figures related to the "war on terror", such as al-Qaeda members...

          The aim of these people in Iran is to establish a chain of anti-US resistance groups that will take the offensive before the West makes its expected move against Tehran.

          -snip-

          With Wednesday's attack on the Golden Mosque in Samarra in Iraq, home to a revered Shi'ite shrine, the dynamics have changed overnight.

          -snip-

          The potentially bloody polarization in the Shi'ite-Sunni world now threatens to unravel the links that have been established between Shi'ite-dominated Iran and radical Sunni groups from Afghanistan and elsewhere.

          In as much as Sunnis also revere that damaged Golden Mosque, the motive for bombing it may have been to destroy the anti-US resistance movement.

          ...The anti-US resistance movement had wanted to use Shi'ite Iran as the final base to link the resistance groups of this whole region. If the current volatile situation results in Shi'ites sitting on one side, and Sunnis and al-Qaeda-linked groups on the other, this is unlikely to happen.

          Instead, Iraq could become a new battlefield, not only against US-led forces, but between different factions. Iran, meanwhile, would be left to deal with the West on its own.


          <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

          by bronte17 on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 06:50:22 PM PST

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        •  Referencing the Kissinger quote... (none)
          ...in the scenario as present, it's entirely possible that the invasion of Iraq is nothing other than a Carlyle-architected "lose-lose" for Iran/Iraq.

          Blood for <strike>Oil</strike> Power.

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