"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Middle East Interest - Member Blog of the Political Grind Network

In the words of the “About” section itself:

“Political Grind is a bi-partisan political editorial blog that features ten staff writers; all with unique views. In addition to our own articles; we support our users in contributing their own insightful articles.”

In addition, Political Grind has created a network entitled the Political Grind Network which consists of blogs from all over the political spectrum that have either requested inclusion or been invited to the network.

This network consists of blogs beyond the ten authors that make up Political Grind. I have been a member of the PGN for a very short time, but regardless of slant, I have found it to be filled with endless possibilities for communication; although honest communication does require alot of all of us, this place is a good start.

Of the Network member sites the first to stand out with a jaw drop from me was The Middle East Interest; a blog that describes itself and its author as:

“A liberal ironist who thinks that cruelty is the worst thing we do. In my liberal utopia, the humiliation of human beings by other human beings would be ceased not by decree but by imagination, the ability to see strange people as fellow sufferers.”

“Although there is nothing called “the aim of writing”, my aim here is to understand and explain how the Middle East works— in particular, how the political processes and global integration are remaking the region, and what should be seen as a viable political scenarios.”

“That said, the main concern of The Middle East Interest is to provide information and analysis on the Middle East that are not available in mainstream news sources.”

Whether it is The Middle East Interest’s first post in January of this year; “Beyond Baghdad: keep the Americans in, the Iranians out, and the Iraqis down? Or a post from February 2007 entitled, “It is power projection, not Iraq-ing Iran!” or the first, but not last post from this March, “The Iraq conference: hopes and despairs” should keep most readers interested and unless too easily offended.

It doesn’t hurt for my readings sake that I agree with the arguments or points made in the posts, but I believe anyone that does wish to have a coherent, honest and well-written view of the Middle East, especially as far as Iraq is concerned should give The Middle East Interest a daily view/read to get the synapses doing whatever it is they do.

Better yet, why not try “Think again: Who won the war in Iraq?” for starters:

“For no good reason: if mainstream media agree on anything, it is that the war in Iraq is “already lost.” What is much less agreed upon is who is the actual winner of the war. The editors of Foreign Policy have taken upon themselves the responsibility to name the top 10 contestants as a potential winners of the American War Idol competition.”

The rest of the post is here……

Please note, a "liberal ironist," has nothing whatsoever to do with dry cleaning or pressing of clothing.

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