Recently it was noted in the media that the length of the US involvement in Iraq has exceeded our involvement in WWII. While I considered dismissing the point as an apples and oranges comparison, I think there might be a point there. So which terrorist nests should we be firebombing or nuking? Sadr City? Damascus? Qom? Wiziristan? After all, that is how we finished WWII so quickly.

All public schools are inferior, but some are more inferior than others. The other day I listened to part of a C-SPAN program on the Supreme Court case Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, where the public schools intend to “improve” education by using race to determine where a student attends school. Instead of using the governments monopoly on force to impose racism, it is time to recognize that force is not an educational resource. By all means get guns out of the schools, and let us start with the full privatization of education.

In fairness, I should mention that there are really two cases involving this issue of public school mandated racism: Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education and Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1. Which reminds me that the Seattle School District defined racism to include “mphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology”. So is this an experiential learning lesson on Orwell’s 1984 gone a rye? Seattle teaches: “Race-based public policies do not violate the 14th Amendment” and “Treating a person as an individual is racism.”

With the Iraq Study Group’s report published, recent comments by Daniel Pipes (former board member at the United States Institute of Peace) are relevant: the Bush Administration made a critical conceptual mistake, raising short-term expectations too high.
As Iraqis failed to play their appointed role, frustration grew in Washington.
Had the U.S.-led coalition pitched its ambitions lower, aspiring only to a decent government and economy while working much more slowly toward democracy, Iraq’s progress over the past four years would be more apparent.
These should-have-beens remain relevant as 2007 approaches. The administration can still frame the debate in terms of U.S. interests, not Iraqi ones. But the administration shows no signs of gearing down its ambitions in Iraq along these proposed lines. So our compassionate conservative President pursued an unrealistic altruistic policy for the benefit of the Iraqis and it can only be fixed by America acting selfishly. That makes sense: altruism is immoral and leads to negative outcomes because it is not reality focused, but reality focused selfishness as moral will lead us to Victory. While conservatives lament that “victory” can not be found in the ISG report, I am interested to see if American self-interest is there.

American disbelief that Iraqis have not embraced the gift of Liberty reminds me of Bill Cosby’s complaints that the underclass isn’t holding up their end of the DuBois’ plan after all the elites like himself had done collectively to lead them. A value to whom and for what?

France is turning into a third-world country. According to Daniel Pipes: “They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count…What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control…with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS.”

Senator Arlen “Thug” Specter has abused his office again to further his extortion efforts: the NFL must summit all business decisions for congressional approval or else. According to his faulty definition, the free market is a system whereby producers are sacrificed to consumers, and legislators always get their cut of the action. The spiked club of arbitrary force used by government office holders against the productive thy name is anti-trust.

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