The Best Defense

Summertime, and the blogging is easy

For this month and the next, Best Defense mainly will be in re-runs. But because there are some things going on, especially in the Middle East, Tom will remain vigilant and will surface as needed.

Speaking of Iraq, there is an interesting pattern: Sadr and Chalibi rising. Lesson? The more you antagonized the Americans from 2004 to 2011, the better off you are now in Iraq. Speaking of discredited leaders, here's a good story about former Prime Minister Blair

And a big welcome home to the Maine National Guard unit that should be ending their long journey home from Afghanistan right about now. 

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The Best Defense

Iraq, the Unraveling (XXXIX): Hey, security is deteriorating!

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 15, 2010.

So says the Iraqi VP. And Anthony Shadid 'splains why in the New York Times. Anthony was always Mr. Mellow in Baghdad ("just take a taxi to Karbala, Tom") so when he gets worried, I start getting really worried.

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