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November 15, 2006


Nur al-Cubicle

A Shetland for your thoughts! :) A wonderfully amusing post, Professor Aardvark!

Amy H

I found FP's ideas about who should be in the group somewhat off - why would the current American ambassador be included, since he is designing and implementing the very policies that the group is supposed to critique?

Anyhow, more interesting but less remarked-upon (at least that I've seen) is Monica Duffy Toft's op-ed in Monday's Washington Post, in which she recommends that the US openly side with "the Shiites" to crush "the Sunnis" militarily and politically, once and for all. Is this harsh realpolitik, or more deeply misguided thinking on Iraq?

John Ballard

Great post! I may blog it when I finish this comment.

I'm probably not the only one who saw the "pony" reference and remembered this story about silver linings:

...two boys: Each boy was placed into a room with nothing apparent but a pile of horse manure. One boy simply held his nose and complained non-stop. From the other room the other boy could be heard laughing gleefully as he dug into the pile repeating again and again, "There has to be a pony in here somewhere."

Your "if wishes were horses" reference is, unfortunately, closer to the mark.

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