State of the World 2015, Pt.II
In the latest week, drillers idled another 41 oil rigs, according to Baker Hughes. Only 825 rigs were still active, down 48.7% from October. In the 23 weeks since, drillers have idled 784 oil rigs, the steepest, deepest cliff-dive in the history of the data.
Obama Stands Up for America
And tells the Israelis he’s had enough
by Justin Raimondo, March 23, 2015
The Israelis wanted us to declare war against over one billion Muslims – to essentially concede bin Laden’s point that he represented Islam. And we went along with it for a while: the neoconservative project to “drain the swamp” of the Middle East and propel it into modernity by force of arms was taken up by the administration of George W. Bush, with disastrous results. But even Bush had his limits. At the end of his last term, when the Israelis were pressuring Washington to launch a military strike against Iran, Bush – having apparently reached the endpoint of his capacity for appeasing Tel Aviv – declined to do so (over Dick Cheney’s objection).
It would be good to keep in mind that these extraordinary breakthroughs in technology have one purpose—fighting wars—and are intended to give still greater advantage to advanced nations like the US and Israel that dwarf more primitive adversaries. Many of the new technologies, it is true, will find commercial applications that improve everyday lives (some already have). Yet it is also true that our advances in high-tech killing power have not subdued all the enemies.
They find irregular ways to fight back. They blow the legs off our soldiers. They plant home-made bombs in crowded restaurants. They recruit children to serve as their guided missiles. They capture and slaughter innocent bystanders, while our side merely bombs the villages from high altitude. The victims do not see our way as pristine or preferable. Their suffering becomes their global recruiting.
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“The third reason for Grant’s success is the great imponderable: great generals are not just smarter than their opponents, they’re luckier. And the luck is generally due to superior intuition.
Napoleon had wanted his generals to have this quality. But intuition is a talent that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. And Grant had it. At some level he simply knew his opponents would quit the fight, and this belief (or insight, or intuition) enabled him to brush aside all the potential disasters that could take place. Where Halleck––and many other Union generals––could only see the potential for disaster, Grant saw victory.”
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