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Saturday, June 16, 2007


Measuring "progress"

Needless to say, I don't endorse the idea that the pacification of Iraq, were it ever to occur, would constitute "progress" of any sort. But surely, from the point of view of imperialism, it must be awfully hard to use the word "progress" with a straight face when four and a quarter years after the invasion of Iraq, the American Secretary of Defense is still making unannounced visits to Iraq.

From now on, any politician from President on down claiming "progress" in Iraq is required to visit Iraq and make their itinerary public at least a week in advance. Heck, I won't even require them to walk through public markets without an armed guard or body armor!

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