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Chem Alert



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The Al Douri Embrace



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A reader reminds me (I was falling asleep at the time):
Last night, at a press stakeout, Mohammad Al Douri embraced a CNN reporter before he got in his care to leave. Fox, it may not surprise you, showed that footage.

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A Concise, Convenient History



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CNN’s Rym Brahimi just quoted a Jordanian woman who told her, talking about Saddam Hussein’s place in history: “No, we won’t remember Saddam, but we will remember this war.”

Web Briefing: December 21, 2014

Harold Bloom’s Books



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During the Dark Ages, Roman Catholic monks kept civilization alive by gathering and copying books within their monastery fastnesses, until such time as literacy and learning could re-emerge. One thinks of them, perhaps, when reading this story, which reports the news that the eminent literary critic Harold Bloom, who is not a Christian, has chosen to donate his library not to Yale, where he teaches, but to a small Catholic college in Vermont. Writes Dinitia Smith in the Times:

Harold Bloom has always railed against what he calls “the school of resentment,” Marxist, feminist, Afrocentric and deconstructionist scholars who, he says, deny the aesthetic and spiritual values inherent in great literature. So when it came time for Mr. Bloom, 72, to choose a place to donate his immense personal library and his archives, he bypassed several larger prominent universities that in his opinion house those very practitioners of resentment in favor of a small, relatively unknown Catholic college in Colchester, Vt.

“Dear child,” Mr. Bloom said in a telephone interview, using the appellation he applies to friend, stranger, male and female, alike, “with rare exceptions the universities and colleges in the English-speaking world that have sustained some sense of literature as a matter of powerful cognition and extraordinary aesthetic beauty tend to be the Roman Catholic institutions.”

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Re: Surrendered



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A correction: (I was posting as I was collecting bits of info from various sources) The photo op outside the Palestine Hotel may have been two other Baathists, separate from the al-Sadi story.

Suicide Vests



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Found in a Baghdad school…and empty hangars.

Surrendered



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The photo op was a stop on the way to surrendering. Saddam’s top scientific guy is ours: Amir Hamudi Hasan al-Sadi, one of the cards in yesterday’s deck.

Quagmire Talk!



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Jonah’s military guy taunts and chides:


I assume the 12 hour break was either, a: a pause to let your
logistics catch up, or, b: the beginning of a quagmire.

Mercenaries Stopped



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A busload from Syria, no word on their nationalities.

Sounds Right to Me



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Karl Rove on the media and Iraq:


In remarks to the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Mr. Rove lamented what he described as news organizations’ changing interpretations of how the war was proceeding. He said “the euphoria of April 9,” when news coverage was dominated by images of a statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled to the ground in Baghdad, did not match the earlier “flood of commentary that the military was bogged down and the strategy flawed.”
“So much information is coming so fast and from so many different directions that it can also make it difficult to maintain perspective,” Mr. Rove said. “Ultimately, we must have the capacity to stand back and see the deep currents and the important shape of events.”

Generals Sighted



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Two Iraqi generals, in uniforms, just did a press op in front of the Palestine hotel. They are supposedly talking to the Marines about restarting a police force. Seems to me anyone still wearing a Baathist uniform should be taken into U.S. custody.

Oh Joy



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U.N. workers returning to Iraq Monday. Advice: Don’t bother going to your Baghdad headquarters. The Iraqis looted it even before most government buildings. That’s love!

Re: Note



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Mansoor Ijaz corrects his earlier post: The elemental symbol–as many of you know–is PU, not PL. Apologies for the typo.

House Passes Spending Bill



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Tikrit Emptied



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Satellites show an absence of preparing; suggesting Saddam loyalist have fled

Al-Douri



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“Saddam is no more” (presumably he means in the government and not specifically his physical reality). And al-Douri, who now says Americans are “decent people” is no more in New York, headed to that Baathist exile paradise, Syria.

Failure Is Ugly



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The madness of Dr. Blix. His latest: “In a scathing attack on Britain and the US, Mr Blix accused them of planning the war ‘well in advance’ and of ‘fabricating’ evidence against Iraq to justify their campaign.”

Another Cool Site



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A fine new web slide show displays images of the liberation of Iraq, the sacrifice of our soldiers, the hubris of Saddam’s allies to the tune of “Hallelujah” by Rufus
Wainwright.

Tribute



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All gave some. Some gave all. A beautiful new tribute site to our armed forces, with a roll of honor for every soldier who gave his life to protect our nation and topple the tyrant. It’s hard to view without getting choked up.

Saddam-Is-Dead Talk



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CNN reporting that intel is overhearing Iraqi officials talking about his death. Who knows if that means anything though.

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