Turkey lays claim to 10 percent of Iraqi oil revenues after a war, relying on a 76-year-old treaty. Will the United States allow this?
I’m back and ready to rumble! Iraq is in a holding pattern, but North Korea is hotting up! That country has expelled UN weapons inspectors, removed monitoring equipment and started up reactors that can make weapons grade plutonium in six months or so. The Stalinist playground has also moved light machine guns into the (formerly) DMZ between North and South. President Bush’s response, in marked contrast to his bellicosity regarding Iraq — which doesn’t as yet have nukes, doesn’t seem much of a threat to its neighbors and doesn’t seem to be cozying up to Al Qa’ida — is to threaten North Korea with economic collapse if it doesn’t abandon its nuclear aims.
One question: Is he fucking serious?
By the way, I’ll be taking the next week off (unless something huge happens) since I’ll be traveling and all that Christmas stuff. Happy holidays to everyone…
As expected, the United States declared Iraq in material breach of various United Nations resolutions calling on him to disarm, and had Secretary of State Colin Powell give the world the bad news at a press conference today. The United States also has plans to move 50,000 more troops into the Persian Gulf region as the world girds for a new war.
For a sobering look at modern war, check out this video of an AC-130 hunting down targets in Afghanistan. (Windows Media Player required.) The most chilling is the tracking and leading of individuals as they run for their lives.