To call the administration's press spin on these arrests careless and cynically xenophobic fearmongering is, I fear, to use inadequate language in describing their motives... but I try really hard not to use a lot of profanity in blogging.
Maybe, just maybe, America would do well to wait and see if what appears to be an indigenous moderate groundswell in Iran bears fruit - rather than working to forcibly hand power to a bunch of Chalibi-like expatriates who often seem to have money as a major motivating factor or to an avowedly Maxist/Islamist terror group with a leader who thinks he is the new Moslem Messiah. Just an idea.
Triangulation means the betrayal of the core party supporters on the left. They are vulnerable because they have no choice but to vote for the party, while of course the party has much to gain by way of votes from the middle in moving rightwards...Would non-voting be a rational response? The theory says no. It predicts that the firm left voter is trapped into continuing to vote for the party as it would be irrational to vote for other party and hence usher in an abhorrent government...It would be rational not to vote...only if the difference in utility arising from the two parties' agendas in government is smaller than the loss of utility from said party’s failure to implement promises.How much confidence do you have that the Dems will implement their promises (implied and overt) on foreign aggression, on social compacts and poverty alleviation, on rolling back the President as King meme? How much do you think they will end up just like the Republicans? C'mon, be honest.
However, the Counterterrorism blog points out that it isn't exactly new news and has been on the UN website since 2002 - and that Al Qaida changed their tactics at least that long ago so that they wouldn't get caight by the program.
Which begs a couple of questions...like "why did Bushco want it kept quiet if it was already a matter of public record?" and "if they aren't using it to spy on Al Qaida who are they using it to spy on" and "do the Malkinite hordes mindlessly cheerleading Dick Cheney about the NYTimes breaking national security by re-reporting four year old news feel stupid yet?".
P.S. I haven't said a word about the various goings on centered around the Kos/TNR feud yet. That's because I can't quite figure out how to say what I want to without just writing "DUMBASSES" over and over again. I just don't see an upside for the Dems on this one, no matter who is in the right or by how much. Maybe later.