Psst...want some of the hard stuff?
Shaun Mullen on when a hegemonic war becomes a business deal. (When it gets re-branded as a "strategic framework agreement.")
There's another business opportunity looming for nest year too. US ally Azerbaijan says it sees 100% chance of war with Armenia.
Kevin Hayden looks at yet another case of disappearing Bush administration data - you don't do a seven-level wipe for a virus (unless that virus is Bush conservatism).
Today's shocking news that Bill Clinton tells lies (!!!) may well be the last straw. Publius at Obsidian Wings and many others don't want the woman who is OK with being married to a serial liar in the White House.
Josh Marshall: Mitt Romney wouldn't have Zalmay Khalilzad - US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-05), US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-07) and now US Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-) - in his cabinet. Well, neither would I, but because he's a neocon who helped set up the Taliban and AQ in the first place, not because he's a Muslim.
Carl at Simply Left Behind - Iran is trying to line up the Pope as an ally. If it comes to war, which one do you think America's conservative Catholics will listen to, His Holiness or the Deciderer?
Wow, where did the year go? Before you know it, Blogtopia is going to be full of year-end retrospectives. I think maybe this year I'll do a special Instahoglets on the best of the year's blog posts. Any suggestions?