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11 Aug 2005

It’s Not All About Us

Michael J. Totten's blog My new Tech Central Station column is up: Islamists have killed thousands of Westerners over the past couple of years — thousands in New York City alone. But they have killed far more of their own fellow Muslims in ...

10 Aug 2005

They Can Hear You Now

Michael J. Totten's blog When I was in Beirut in April one of the leaders of the Cedar Revolution, Nabil Abou-Charaf, told me that Syrian intelligence agents used cell phones to “spy” on people. “You mean they monitor your phone conversations,” I ...

9 Aug 2005

You’re Either With Us or You’re Against Us

Michael J. Totten's blog James Wolcott is beating up on liberal hawks (he singles out Roger L. Simon in particular) for making common cause with conservatives by supporting the Terror War: The fact is that by subscribing to Bush’s War on Terror and ...

3 Aug 2005

Islamofascists

Michael J. Totten's blog The Muslim Public Affairs Committee in Britain published an anti-Semitic screed by a retired U.S. Brigadier General that included a graphic image that was pulled directly from a German neo-Nazi Web site. They replaced the ...

2 Aug 2005

Making My Way Around the Blogosphere

Michael J. Totten's blog First of all, I’d like to publicly thank Joe Katzman for bringing me on board over at Winds of Change . I’ve cross-posted a couple of things there already and I appreciate the chance to reach a wider audience. Second, next ...

1 Aug 2005

War, Struggle, or Counter-insurgency?

Michael J. Totten's blog Yesterday I fisked Juan Cole for claiming the enemy in the Terror War (or whatever this contraption ought to be called) is “four guys in a gymn in Leeds.” His characterization was absurd. But he isn’t the only one who ...

31 Jul 2005

With Friends Like These…

Michael J. Totten's blog Last month I said it was time to dump “our bastard” Islam Karimov, thug-in-chief of Where-the-Hellistan (that would be Uzbekistan for those of you familiar with Central Asia) for machine-gunning dissidents. Nathan Hamm, the ...

30 Jul 2005

Returned to Sender

Michael J. Totten's blog Many years ago I wanted to move to Canada. It wasn’t because I wanted to flee the United States or become an expat per se. I just wanted to live in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and ...

29 Jul 2005

Is Hillary Clinton Electable?

Michael J. Totten's blog I never cared much for Hillary Clinton, and I’m somewhat persuaded by Christopher Hitchens’ polemic against both Hill and Bill in No One Left To Lie To . At the same time I’ve always been both amused and put off by Hillary ...

17 Jul 2005

Left, Right, and Center

Michael J. Totten's blog It’s interesting to see some of the reactions around the blogosphere to the new centrist blog Donklephant I’m contributing to. Tbogg says we’re all “yoostabee Democrats” even though some of us are, in fact, actual Democrats. ...

12 Jul 2005

The Priceless Professor

Michael J. Totten's blog Juan Cole doesn’t just poke around for facts to fit his opinions. (We all do that to an extent at least on occasion.) Instead he hallucinates – or simply invents — his own “facts” to suit his agenda which, in this case, is ...

11 Jul 2005

Microwaved Marxism

Michael J. Totten's blog After every act of terrorism in a Western country essays by “intellectuals” who are dumb as a sack of hammers predictably appear in the press. Here’s one by the now-infamous Sarah Boxer in the New York Times , about ...

7 Jul 2005

Withdrawal Under Fire

Michael J. Totten's blog Hardly anyone seems to have noticed, but last week both Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush rather strongly implied that they intend to withdraw American forces from Iraq under fire. It’s not necessarily as bad as it sounds, ...

27 Jun 2005

Firefly and Serenity

Michael J. Totten's blog Last week I groused about Hollywood’s appalling lack of imagination. Today I want to thank Hollywood for saving us from Fox’s appalling decision to cancel Joss Whedon’s Firefly series – arguably the best science-fiction show ...

24 Jun 2005

Anti-Americanism

Michael J. Totten's blog In about twenty minutes a friend of mine is going to board an airplane to Belgium. He lives there on-and-off part time, in Antwerp, and this morning he told me he’s dreading going back there. The anti-Americanism gets more ...

21 Jun 2005

Poll Results

Michael J. Totten's blog Here are the results of my two wildly unscientific polls where I asked if you could vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries for 2008 today, who would you vote for? I did this out of simple curiosity and it would be a ...

Reactionaries

Michael J. Totten's blog The House of Representatives — again — voted to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing the burning of American flags. You know what, guys? A vote on an anti-flag-burning amendment is not a poll asking whether or ...

20 Jun 2005

Totally Unscientific Polls

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m curious where you all stand. Help me out. If you could vote right now in the Democratic primary for 2008, who would you vote for? Barack Obama John Edwards Nancy Pelosi Hillary Clinton Evan Bayh Free polls from Pollhost ...

16 Jun 2005

Moving to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan

Michael J. Totten's blog In my last Tech Central Station column I said we should dump Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov as an “ally.” Nathan Hamm disagreed and said we should wait for him to dump us. Well, he dumped us . That was quick. North America Europe ...

15 Jun 2005

Liberation – For the Record

Michael J. Totten's blog I have never been to Iraq, and I can’t act as a witness to anything there. Christopher Hitchens has been and can be, though, and I’d like to reproduce something he said for the record. History should not be rewritten as it ...

13 Jun 2005

Carrying Karimov’s Water – Again

Michael J. Totten's blog Our relationship with Uzbekistan’s tyrant Islam Karimov gets slimier by the day . Here we are arguing on Karimov’s behalf (albeit for tactical, not ideological reasons) and siding with Russia’s Vladimir Putin – in the halls ...

7 Jun 2005

Really, Dump Islam Karimov – Now

Michael J. Totten's blog After the Andijon massacre in Uzbekistan, lots of people — including myself — said it was high time we ditched the tyrant Islam Karimov as an “ally.” Nathan Hamm , who lived and worked there in the Peace Corps until shortly ...

24 May 2005

The Gulag of Our Times

Michael J. Totten's blog Christopher Hitchens has written with great force against the “giggling sadists” who have abused those unlucky enough to be captured and detained by the wrong US soldiers and guards in Iraq. One of two things must necessarily ...

19 May 2005

Saddam Hussein Exposed

Michael J. Totten's blog The Sun is in trouble for publishing this: The US military has condemned the Sun for publishing photographs of a captive Saddam Hussein and said it was “aggressively” investigating who took them. Today’s paper carries a ...

18 May 2005

The U.S. and Lebanon

Michael J. Totten's blog Yesterday I linked to a post at the Lebanese Political Journal that briefly mentioned how U.S. foreign policy intersected with the Cedar Revolution. Today the lead writer at the site, who uses the psuedonym Lebanon.Profile, ...

16 May 2005

Buchanan: Conservatism is Dead

Michael J. Totten's blog Pat Buchanan says American conservatism is dead . “The conservative movement has passed into history,” says the one-time White House aide, three-time presidential candidate, commentator and magazine publisher. “It doesn’t ...

15 May 2005

Dump Karimov

Michael J. Totten's blog Uzbekistan was instrumental in assisting the United States in the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Declaring bastard-in-chief Islam Karimov a realpolitik “ally” of the United States was justifiable under the ...

11 May 2005

A Beirut Diary

Michael J. Totten's blog The LA Weekly is still holding onto the story I wrote for them about my trip to Libya a few months ago. They say they will publish it soon. In the meantime, I wrote a piece about Lebanon for them and they rushed it into print ...

9 May 2005

Kingdom of Heaven

Michael J. Totten's blog So I saw Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven . How could I not watch Kingdom of Heaven ? I love almost all of Ridley Scott’s movies. ( Hannibal is the big whopping exception.) Blade Runner ties with Kenneth Branaugh’s Henry V as ...

4 May 2005

Babes of Lebanon!

Michael J. Totten's blog I’ve received more email asking for a Babes of Lebanon photo gallery than I could even begin to count. And so, by popular demand, here it is! A few words, though, before we begin. If any of you think only the Christian women ...

29 Apr 2005

Peace in Iraq?

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Jeremy Brown The Washington Post offers yet another disturbing look at the reality of prewar Iraq, before the first Gulf War created the no-fly zones: BAGHDAD, April 29 — U.S. investigators have exhumed the remains ...

25 Apr 2005

Where do they go from here?

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan “Where do we go from here?” Pro-democracy bloggers in the Middle East are asking themselves that question. arch.memory from Lebanese Blogger Forums says: So, now that they’re gone, where go we go from ...

17 Apr 2005

Arabists vs. the Middle East

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan In his TNR (registration required) piece, Juan Cole’s Bad Blog Efraim Karsh describes the prejudices that influence Cole’s Informed Comment : Cole suffers from many other common Arabist misconceptions ...

11 Apr 2005

We have the technology

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan After 9/11, when it became apparent that oil producing nations in the Middle East just might have had something to do with the attacks, I believed that the best way for American civilians to fight ...

10 Apr 2005

More Flawed Institutions in the News

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Jeremy Brown This take on flawed institution theory is different from the last . This time Tom Regan in the Christian Science Monitor tells a story whose moral seems to be that all corruption must be expunged from ...

8 Apr 2005

Actions speak louder..

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan The Mudville Gazette* posts on reports that a CBS Cameraman has been arrested in Iraq. The Mudville Gazette links to CNN. CNN’s homepage links to a report that the CBS cameraman has been arrested in ...

5 Apr 2005

Lethal passivity

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan Via Instapundit : Former UN human rights lawyer Kenneth Cain describes Kofi Annan’s “passive capitulation to evil” in his Sunday Observer article, “How many more must die before Kofi quits?” Before I ...

23 Mar 2005

The Conservative Crack-Up

Michael J. Totten's blog The “conservative majority” sure didn’t last very long. Eric Deamer volunteered for a get-out-the-vote campaign to re-elect President Bush in New Hampshire. He even had a gun pointed at his head for his efforts. But now he ...

16 Mar 2005

Right-Wing Idiotarianism Redux

Michael J. Totten's blog Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left. – Clint Eastwood to Time magazine. ...

2 Mar 2005

Sink McCain/Feingold

Michael J. Totten's blog All right then. At last I am convinced. John McCain and Russ Feingold’s “campaign finance reform” is a threat to free speech. At the very least, the way some people interpret it is a threat to free speech. Matt Welch put the ...

Catastrophe Theory and War

Michael J. Totten's blog Those who claim the invasion and election in Iraq didn’t cause the upheaval in Lebanon are absolutely correct. One did not cause the other. Those of us who have been advocating the destabilization of tyrannical order in the ...

26 Feb 2005

Bumming Around Puerto Rico

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m back from Puerto Rico and apologize for being lazy before I started blogging again. When I go on vacation it takes a while to decompress. But after spending several days in a row bumming around Old San Juan and sitting ...

20 Feb 2005

Where are the moderate Muslims?

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan Free Muslims against terrorism respond to the Freedom House Investigation (posted at Dean’s World ) Muslim-bashing. That’s the accusation many of my fellow Muslims now hurl at the various news outlets ...

15 Feb 2005

What happens in America stays in America..

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan According to David Brooks , when some American politicians go to Europe, they leave the Left/Right bickering at home.. There were Democrats and Republicans in this delegation, but you couldn’t tell who ...

8 Feb 2005

The Post He Never Wanted to Write

Michael J. Totten's blog Those of us who supported regime-change in Iraq are obligated to go on record in opposition to torture — assuming we really do oppose torture, that is. Anti-war liberals can’t be expected to fight it all by themselves. ...

6 Feb 2005

Ayatollah Sistani and His List

Michael J. Totten's blog The United Iraqi Alliance will most likely be the winner in Iraq’s election once the votes are all counted. The party (or “list” of candidates) was endorsed by Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Sistani. The nature of this ...

5 Feb 2005

Drinking with Christopher Hitchens and the Iraqis

Michael J. Totten's blog As many of you already know, I was on TV with Christopher Hitchens last weekend. Jim Hake of Spirit of America asked me to come out to Washington DC at the very last minute to be a part of the Iraqi election coverage program ...

1 Feb 2005

The full picture?

Michael J. Totten's blog Posted by Mary Madigan In October 2002, CNN’s news chief Eason Jordan told Franklin Foer of The New Republic that his network gave “a full picture” of Saddam’s regime.” He challenged Foer to find instances of CNN neglecting ...

31 Jan 2005

Still Celebrating

Michael J. Totten's blog by Jeremy Brown Yes, I know; it’s been a couple of days since the Iraqi election. It’s time for people like me to tone down our unseemly enthusiasm and give the slouching, frowning pessimists, cynics, and tut-tutters their ...

30 Jan 2005

Tied to one thought

Michael J. Totten's blog by Mary Madigan One of Friends of Democracy’s Questions for Our Readers asked: Do you think the American people have a good understanding of what is happening in Iraq? I don’t think Americans understand what is happening in ...

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