Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The right wing pulls out their knives

President Bush's "friends and supporters" (who are also likely friends and supporters of Likud-Kadima) are now attempting to stab the Baker-Hamilton report to death, squaring with Israel PM Olmert's statements (subject of a later post today):

Bill Kristol: "A disguised surrender"
Barry McCaffrey: "A recipe for national humiliation"

Well, yes, it is a humiliation, but now the issue is humiliation management. In other words, does Bush want to act in such a way that only the militias get the credit for undoing US designs on Iraq or can he arrange to share the credit among several, possibly more responsible players?

Bush's collapsing ego must be a preoccupation. He is a slender reed. I wonder what we will see him do in the coming weeks.


Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...


Dump Kadima in favor of Kamini.

11:20 AM  
Blogger CSTAR said...

I had briefly imagined that the (by now obviously) utterly catastrophic situation in Iraq would make it impossible for any rational person (regardless of politics) to entertain increased belligerancy in the Middle East against Iran, Syria. The exact opposite may be true, at least in regard to Israel. There may be a premium on acting now to quickly establish new facts on the ground. We'll see.

11:57 AM  

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