The Iraq War

We are four years into the Iraq War — five years into our response to 9/11.

We cannot possibly lose. Our enemies cannot possibly win.

Baghdad, the ancient capital of the Sunni Arabs — the old Caliphate. Remember the Empires it has resisted.

The Byzantines tried and failed to capture it. The last Byzantine Emperor fell in 1453. His conquerer, the Ottomans, fell in 1922.

The Mongols captured it, but failed to hold it. The city was Sunni Arab before the Mongols, and was Sunni Arab after them. The last Mongol Emperor fell in 1368. Their conquerers, the Ming, fell in 1644.


Osama bin Laden showed the world what the Sunni Arabs could accomplish, at the price of a few thousand American lives. He can destroy a few very nice buildings and alter the skyline of New York City. He can decrease national GDP by, say, .1% in a quarter.

George W. Bush showed the Sunni Arabs what he could accomplish, at the price of a few thousand American lives. Sunni Arab Baghdad is gone, forever. He gave it to their greatest enemies, the partisans of Ali.

The Byzantine Emperor, in all his glory, could not do that.
The Mongol Horde, in all their glory, could not do that.

But Bush did it, all while amusing himself by putting the Shia’s sponsor — Iran — on the defensive. Bush did it while proving the Shia themselves were powerless.

Imagine if Stalin had not stopped at Prussia, but had cleared Vienna of German domination, forever.

That is the scale of Bush’s work in Iraq.

The world will remember the Iraq War for a thousand years.

Newspapers of America


“read by the people who run the country”

1. WALL STREET JOURNAL is read by the people who run the country.

2. WASHINGTON POST is read by people who think they run the country.

3. NEW YORK TIMES is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crosswords.

4. USA TODAY is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. LOS ANGELES TIMES is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn’t have to leave LA to do it.

6. BOSTON GLOBE is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

7. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country, and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. NEW YORK POST is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country …. or, that anyone is running it; but whoever it is, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs, who also happen to be illegal aliens from ANY country (or galaxy) as long as they are Democrats.

10. STARS AND STRIPES is read by people who make sure everyone else has the right to read whatever newspaper they want.

(Courtesy of Richardson of DPRK Studies.)