Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What would a McCain presidency mean for the Middle East?

A McCain presidency can’t be a very reassuring thing for the House of Saud. Senator McCain is probably one of a handful of Washington players that the influential former Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, couldn’t get through to over the last two decades. The Saudis never saw the need to do that; they assumed that McCain was too anti-establishment, given his integrity-bound internal compass and natural maverick-ism, to ever make it to the highest rungs of the power game.

They may be proven wrong.

The Saudis can’t rely on existing channels to McCain that he has trusted and is likely to trust, whereas even with President George W. Bush, though he may have been alerted to the idea that the Saudi regime may be a liability more than an ally, at least he could be reached and reasoned with either through his father’s network, the Republican Party ‘realist’ foreign policy camp or the oil companies.

No such long-standing channels connect the Saudis to McCain. He is too off their navigational charts, making him too dangerous for the long-term survivability of the Saudi royals for comfort; McCain is not a card-carrying member of the “This is how it’s always been, and this is how it should stay” elite—both Republican and Democrat—that’s been rubbing shoulders with the Saudis for decades.

Let’s posit a hypothetical: How would America respond to another attack of the same or greater magnitude as 911, either on U.S. or European soil, and with young Saudis again being heavily involved?

With McCain as president, the White House would be ready to contemplate a future Middle East that does not include the House of Saud remaining in power. A McCain presidency would challenge the conventional status quo, pushed by the Middle Eastern-related bureaucracies at the State Department, the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency, that the Saudi royals are needed to maintain stability within their country and throughout the region.

McCain would likely see the Saudi royals are part of the problem, rather than as part of the solution. Alternatively, McCain may seek to invest more heavily in Iraq, a country and a cause dear to his heart, as the new regional power, and as America’s most important Muslim ally in the region.

Yet a McCain White House would not be able to pursue alternatives to the Saudis without gutting out these change-averse bureaucracies at Langley and Foggy Bottom. However, a president such as John McCain, long seasoned in the labyrinths of Washington, would probably have a fairer idea of how to go about “shaking things up”, as he’s vowed to do on the campaign trail, than most others.

It should be noted that there is a widely accepted and legal form of corruption at play: be nice to the Saudis while you’re at public office, and you shall be guaranteed a nice fat retirement bonus as a lobbyist, consultant, or ‘think-tank-er’. Public servants, whether they be diplomats or spooks, don’t make much money while they are on the government’s dole, but if they keep their heads down and go along with what the bureaucratic mandarins have mandated, then they too can benefit from Saudi or any other petrodollar largesse.

These bureaucracies, as well as their ‘retired’ auxiliaries, bitterly pushed back against President Bush’s limited post-911 reforms, and they are seemingly rooting for Obama’s camp to win, reading Senator Barack Obama as the candidate of less change, and more importantly, the candidate of less experience at changing things.

I’d imagine that the House of Saud would have studied Obama’s character and would have concluded that he’s a man they can do business with, if they haven’t got that ball rolling already. A quick glance at his former associates and bagmen—a shady character such as Tony Rezko and maybe that even shadier character, Nadhmi Auchi—would have the Saudis thinking, “Oh, sure, we’ve seen this before. Easy pickings.” Obama doesn’t seem too hung up on that whole integrity thing. There is much of the wheeler-dealer culture of the Chicago political machine—the machine that created the “community organizer” turned senator—that folks such as the Saudis can find instantly recognizable and identify with. Obama, in their eyes, would be morally flexible.

Maybe that’s why almost all of the Arab media, much of it Saudi-owned, is following the lead of most American journalists by subtly and often not-so-subtly pushing for Obama. The Saudis could be purposely doing Obama an early favor by ‘gaming’ a battleground state such as Michigan, which has America’s largest Arab-speaking minority; these Arabic speakers may be swayed by the Arab media’s coverage and carried over to the Obama camp, if they were not so inclined already.

Obama would be the sort of president that craves the glamour shots of him and Michelle sipping martinis at Camp David with King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan. He’s not the kind of guy that will go out of his way to rock the boat.

McCain, in this respect, is of a very different cut. He’s a man who has invited torture upon himself just to make a point when he was held as a POW, and he’d probably invite the torture victims of the Jordanian regime over to Camp David instead of hosting the royal couple that journos seem so enthralled with.

That is why I think McCain would scare the hell out of the Saudis.

In my experience, the corrupt are usually cowardly; they act tough, yet cower when face-to-face with what they fear. Whereas, it is those incorruptible types who posses that glint in their eyes that signals to whoever is making the mistake of messing with them to back off.

The Iranians, the Syrians, and the jihadists would all probably set out to challenge Obama early on in his presidency, knowing full well that he may not have enough confidence, or the instinctual willingness, to meet a provocation eye-to-eye. Each challenge would further erode U.S. influence and leverage, much like what happened in Beirut on May 7th when Hezbollah went on a rampage on Iran and Syria’s behalf just to prove to America allies that they were, in effect, weak and friendless.

The Iranians, the Syrians and the jihadists, or even the Russians for that matter, would think twice before pulling such stunts with President McCain. His temper, made famous and exaggerated by his political enemies, would strike fear in the hearts of America’s enemies.

But then again, some fluffy and soppy Middle East ‘experts’ in the United States have pushed the notion that should America pick Obama, then America’s enemies would have less reason to hate America. The reasoning goes something like this: Obama reflects what is great about diversity and opportunity in America, and I agree. He’s half black, his father’s a Muslim, he was raised in Indonesia, and his rise to the top has been unprecedented and meteoric.

But anti-Americanism, which nobody can deny is a real and virulent ‘internationalist’ ideology that is out there, is not a rational thought process of cause and effect. After all, why should Swedes so virulently hate certain American icons? Did ‘Burger King’ carpet-bomb Stockholm recently?

These same ‘experts’ have been trying to peddle the notion that Al-Qaeda is simply misunderstood, that if the West would just meet their demands then they’d stop sending suicide bombers among grocery stalls in Baghdad or Kabul to kill randomly.

I tend to think that is nonsense. Anti-Americanism will simply respond to an Obama presidency by finding new excuses to hate America, probably by using Obama’s background against him: “How dare he convert to Christianity! Christian America picked Obama in order to proselytize Muslims to turn against their faith!” Or better yet, “Obama’s father was a Shia, and that’s why Obama had been brainwashed, at an early age, to hate Sunnis!”

It doesn’t have to be truthful; all it needs is to be believable. Truth and belief are two very different things.

And believe me, it never ends. Irrationalism will always find a pathway to hatred.

‘America’s Enemies’: They won’t love you, so the next best thing is getting them to fear you.

The worst thing that can happen to America’s image is to have it perceived as turning soft. When in the company of gangsters, that’s usually when the daggers come out.

Sure, maybe the Flower-Power crowd is on to something; maybe all that the world needs to heal is a hug—but I’d watch my back anyway.


UPDATE:

There's always time for some levity in this tense election cycle, and I just wanted to put this out there because it's been gnawing at me for days now: Aren't there plenty of positive associations between John McCain and Popeye the Sailor Man? Why hasn't the McCain campaign seized on this? They kind of look like each other, especially with that portruding jaw and that grimace. McCain is going to be accused of being old anyway, so where's the downside with being associated with a combative and honorable old sailor who's life motto is "I y'am what I y'am" and who fights the good, clean fight. They also share the distinction of being adoptive parents (...remember Sweapea...?). Apart from Bluto, who wouldn't love good ol' Popeye? And Bluto, in his many foiled attempts to steal away Olive Oyl is just like the Obama campaign trying to bring back Hillary's female voters! But I can't figure who or what the Wimpy character ("I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today") represents, any guesses? ;)

37 Comments:

Anonymous kal said...

Right on Nibras!

Hollywood and New York Times snobists have appointed Obama the fashion craze of the season so the glitter herd turned Obama into a statement of hipness.

Obama's projection of 'change' is only skin deep, literally. Instead of having a white man in the White House, Obama's sole appeal is to have a half-black/half-white man in the White House. That is all the 'change' the glitter herd is out to accomplish.

What they don't realize is that McCain is the counter-culture candidate. McCain has the heart of a revolutionary! but the glitter herd can only see the superficial skin deep aspects and not the heart of the man. McCain is NOT from the 'NOTICE ME! I'M SPECIAL!' generation that is obsessed with drawing attention to itself.

Vote for the REVOLUTION! Vote MCCAIN!

3:53 PM, September 18, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

The Saudis have no candidate in this election. Additionally, there are actually key long-standing channels connecting the Saudis and McCain, contrary to what you have just written.

Just because a SENATOR McCain didn't do Bandar's bidding in Washington, this doesn't mean that he doesn't understand how key the Saudis are to stability in the Middle East as well as in world oil markets if he were ever PRESIDENT McCain. McCain certainly understands the importance of a strong U.S.-Saudi relationship.

This is coming from an Obama supporter.

4:32 PM, September 18, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama's biological father was a Sunni not a Shiite. There are no Shiites in Kenya. His step-father was a Sunni too (No Shiites in Indonesia).

4:36 PM, September 18, 2008

 
Anonymous m said...

Have you noticed that all the recent headlines start with "Obama Mocks..." this and "Obama Mocks..." that. Does that make Obama the candidate of change, or the candidate of mockery?

5:27 PM, September 18, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a striking resemblance between Mr. Wimpy and Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod

6:25 PM, September 18, 2008

 
Anonymous j-a-k-e said...

I like the idea of Obama (first African-American president is a big milestone) but there is something fake about him. When I watch him speak I feel as if I am watching an actor performing from a script.

McCain is trustworthy. I see him as a man of his word. I think it is about time we have someone like that back in the White House.

Thanks for pointing out the Saudi angle.

10:44 PM, September 18, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Biden's close connections to the Credit Card industry, I would nominate him for the Wimpy character.

2:20 AM, September 19, 2008

 
Anonymous malcolm said...

The Obama campaign and its surrogates are injecting race into the final sprint of the campaign. They are aiming for a winning edge by putting White voters on a guilt trip and as result get them to vote for the Black candidate. Obama's candidacy has always been about race. Obama has nothing else to show as to why he should be president.
'You owe us your vote as compensation for slavery'
BULL SHIT. 250,000 white americans died in the civil war. affirmative action. we have tried to everything to compensate for the legacy of slavery in this country and we are the better nation for it.
But cynically associating a vote for Obama, who is as irrelevant to the history of slavery as my pet cat, with compensation for slavery is as low a point as possible in American politics. No wonder Rev. Sharpton says in private that Obama has no shame, and he would know.
Obama's cynical strategy is about emotional and historical blackmail, pun intended.
We will not wake up in January 2009 and find that all our issues with racism and slavery are magically over. The ghettoes will remain a place of despair and dead-ends, including the one in Chicago where the 'community organizer' managed to do absolutely squat. He did nothing for them but managed to pad his own thin resume.
I can't stand the hyprocrisy of it all.

11:45 AM, September 19, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I put together a pot-luck lunch last weekend for my friends and neighbors. Does that make me a 'community organizer'? Can I run for president now?

Oh and I'm green BTW. Not in the enviromental sense but as in my skin color is green, you could say a very lush, Amazon jungle hue of green. Does that make me exotic enough for the liberal media to push my candidacy?

I have perfect diction and can read off a teleprompter. Here I come Obama: bite my dust!

Vote for Me, '08

(For confidentiality purposes, I cannot reveal my name. But that shouldn't matter: I'm a green-American community organizer who can speak clearly, and you have my word on that. What more could you ask for????)

12:45 PM, September 19, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

Whether Obama's father was a Sunni or a Shia has nothing to do with this debate or any other. It may fit into some of your simplistic frameworks for understanding the dangerous and complex world that we live in, but it's not at all useful for the debate about this presidential race in general, or about what Obama's Middle East policies may look like. It may work to scare people in small-town America, but that's about it.

12:51 PM, September 19, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anonymous, I'm pretty sure that there are Shias in Kenya. Several leading Shia ulema in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, sent representatives to Kenya at one point or another. Most of the Shias are Ismailis of a southasian (immigrants from the Indian peninsula) extraction. But there has been Shia (Twelver) missionary work in Kenya for decades. I've met one such convert in the past.

But you're right in that Sunnis predominate among the Muslims of Kenya, and you're especially right when it comes to the Somali minority of Kenya's north-east, almost all of whom are Sunnis. I tend to think that Obama's grandfather is an ethnic Somali, but no reporters have followed up on this because that would make Obama an Arab-American rather than an African-American, since Somalia is a member of the Arab League! I also think that the village in Kenya's Somali area that Obama visited a couple of years back (...and where he was photographed wearing a turban) was so chosen as tour stop specifically because it was Obama's ancestral village!

But whether he's actually Sunni or Shia doesn't matter, what matters is the accusation that certain demagogues will make in the Middle East against Obama if he's elected, as a way of continuing to bad-mouth America.

This is in response to "Crude Analysis"'s comment too:

You seem to have a very inflexible and self-righteous way of looking at things. Try to think in these terms: when the play-book goes out of the window, then anything goes. If certain Arab or Muslim demagogues want to rile up their constituencies against America, then they will find any way to do that, including painting Obama as, alternatively, a Shia or a Sunni sympathizer with respectively anti-Sunni or anti-Shia secret agendas. Does a cabal of Jews secretly running the world make sense? No, and it doesn't need to make sense either. All it needs is to be believable and to feed into people's existing biases and prejudice. And guess what, this lie works in 'enlightened' Europe (and among major portions of the American left and the right) as well as in the Middle East. Can you wrap your mind around such a concept?

So the same goes with whatever is perceived to be Obama's sect. The middle name "Hussein" makes it easy for Sunni demagogues to turn Obama into some sort of Shia Manchurian Candidate. You're right, it doesn't and shouldn't matter in of itself for America's internal election debate, but when some starry-eyed amateurs who think they got the Middle East all figure out after spending a semester abroad in Amman start arguing that electing Obama is America's way for apologizing to the rest of the world and would be a downpayment on future goodwill and would spread love and hugs all around, then the means by which the demagogues will try to detract from Obama and to twist his unique background around in an effort to expose America's alleged malice towards Islam and the Middle East, and whatever unvetted accusations that those other starry-eyed crowd, the reporters, had missed, should be studied and debated as legitimate concerns.

What would it mean if PM Maliki, in a fit of anger over some trifling policy dispute he's been having with the Obama administration, came out and accused Obama of being anti-Shia?

Do you actually think that this won't happen. If you do, then you have a very simplistic view of the Middle East, and of politics generally.

Best,

Nibras

2:15 PM, September 19, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi anonymous,

Good call on Biden as Wimpy. The other association is that Wimpy is supposed to be a close personal friend of Popeye's (as Biden is to McCain) but never backs up Popeye when the latter gets into a bind with Bluto.

And it does seem as if Wimpy has hair-plugs too!

;)

Thanks,

Nibras

2:33 PM, September 19, 2008

 
Blogger elf2006real said...

Great post. They would look at McCain and back off. The Saudis and "Emirati" would be licking their lips.

What's sad is this guy looks at them and thinks he's seeing the wiseguys and gangsters from the South Side of Chicago - and that he can do business with them.

Not on their worst day do they make ME class gangsters.

And not on his best day does he comprehend what he's dealing with.

3:09 PM, September 19, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you say is nonsense. Barack Obama is descended from the royal family ((The Kings and Queens)) of The Luaoland. His family would still be the rulers of The Luaoland if not for the bloodthirsty colonialist pigs who raped Africa and enslaved her children.

Barack Obama is a direct male blood-line descendant of King Uwabe The Third of Obama and his wife Queen Malika of Nabutu.

Arise, Prince Barack of Obama and reclaim your true destiny. Avenge your ancestors, uphold the honour of Africa.

8:19 PM, September 20, 2008

 
Anonymous viva la revolucion! said...

The more I learn about John McCain, the more I like him.

The Obama-Media Alliance mocks John McCain for his wisdom ("he's old"), for his war experiences ("he's shell-shocked and grumpy"), for his honesty about his limits ("he is not a wonder-boy-genius likes Mr. Smug (Obama)").

I would say that there is no politician in America with the honor and integrity of John McCain. Joe Lieberman comes close and that is why he is supporting McCain.

McCain has two sons who have served in the military in Iraq. But he doesn't brag about serving his country. To McCain and his family, serving your country is just what regular Americans are supposed to do. Unlike Mr. Community Organizer ("I'm entitled to be in the elite") who stops in Baghdad for less that 24 hours and says that he knows all there is to know about Iraq. Of course, the Media go along with it too.

Independent bloggers need to put out the word about why John McCain is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate for the presidency. America needs more of his principled service. America doesn't need another ego-driven pretty boy seeking to creater a personal legacy and searching for personal glory like Mr. I'm Trying to Find Myself by Writing Two Autobiographies before I Turn 45 (Obama).

Running for the presidency is Obama's mid-life crises. The White House is his shiny red sports-car. America can't afford to indulge his vanity.

We need a president who is real with himself and real and honest with us. That president is John McCain.

9:18 AM, September 21, 2008

 
Blogger hdgreene said...

Wimpy is Barney Frank: "My voters will gladly pay you in thirty years if you give them a house today."

9:26 AM, September 21, 2008

 
Anonymous Palin_Gal said...

Every little detail about John McCain and Sarah Palin has been dug into by the pro-Obama reporters/investigators. Including the accusation that Palin's pastor in Alaska was a Kenyan witchdoctor before he came to America.

But no one has asked why is Obama insisting on keeping his own medical records secret?

Could it be that there is an entry in there that says that he was circumcised by a Muslim religious sheikh in Indonesia?

That would mean that Obama's parents had made his covenant with Allah binding and he would be a Muslim in Allah's eyes.

One would think that Obama would want to publish his medical record since he has a very slim record in accomplishing anything else.

9:23 PM, September 21, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

"but when some starry-eyed amateurs who think they got the Middle East all figure out after spending a semester abroad in Amman start arguing that electing Obama is America's way for apologizing to the rest of the world and would be a downpayment on future goodwill and would spread love and hugs all around"

Nibras,
Aren't you the same person that thinks you've got the entire Middle East figured out simply because you have Iraqi blood? How many semesters abroad have you done in Iraq? Or did your attempt to ride on top of the tanks into Iraq in 2003 not go as planned?

And supporting Obama and what I believe to be his Middle East policies is not at all about spreading love and hugs all around. That's a conservative exaggeration that's somehow gotten into the rhetoric. I thought you were smart enough not to fall into that trap.

-crude analysis

8:57 AM, September 22, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi "crude analysis",

Sure, I'm a dumb conservative whose only qualification is that I was born to Iraqi parents, and I'm also one with the odd habit of falling off the top of tanks (...those things do wiggle a bit). That's how you order the world in your head. Good for you. I'm glad that a new generation of 'experts' has been trained and is ready to follow in the mighty footsteps of the MESA giants. Off you go, you little trailblazer you.

I've checked out your website. Don't worry, you're on track to becoming a bona fide DC 'expert'. My only regret is that in 15 to 20 years time, there may not be any Saudi or other Gulfie royals around for you to sell-out to.

Is there anything else I can help you with?

Best,

Nibras

11:19 AM, September 22, 2008

 
Anonymous Kurdish-American Republican said...

It is obvious that you despise Obama and support McCain, and so do I. Still, I am afraid that you are giving McCain too much credit:

"he’d probably invite the torture victims of the Jordanian regime over to Camp David instead of hosting the royal couple that journos seem so enthralled with."

Do you really honestly believe this? I don't. At the same time, while I certainly support him over Obama, I think that he will continue US support for the Turkish regime that continues to persecute Kurds.

12:35 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

nibras,

i'm not an expert and i don't claim to be one. but i am interested in issues concerning the middle east enough to pursue it on one level or another in my professional career, enough to blog about the issues from time to time, and enough to see what other people are saying about the issues at hand.

what exactly explains your complex and phobia toward so-called "experts?" sure, many "experts" aren't close to being true experts. but simply because a caucasian american living in washington dc expresses a particular viewpoint about an issue involving the middle east, that doesn't mean they have to be put down as an "expert" that doesn't actually know anything. put forward your own ideas and facts, but don't get yourself so bent out of shape trying to discredit "experts." you might find yourself contributing much more to the overall debate if you didn't spend so much time constantly trying to get one-up on the "experts." a better attitude might also take you a long way. do you plan on being a 50 year old still fighting out your little blog spats? seems like a productive life, indeed.

and don't pretend to know who i am, what i want to become, or who or what i'd like to sell out to.

and there is something you can do to help me. i'm looking to take a trip to iraq. perhaps you can provide me with a talisman gate-guided tour. you're the expert, not me. so show me what i don't know. i'll pay for your flight....in saudi riyals.

--crude analysis

1:06 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

"do you plan on being a 50 year old still fighting out your little blog spats? seems like a productive life, indeed."

Yes I do. I feel that I've already been part of something very big, and that would be the overthrow of Saddam--that's plenty enough for one lifetime, or at least that's how I see it. So from now on, I plan to be a grumpy ol' retiree who won't play nice, won't play according to the rules, and certainly won't play dumb just to be accepted into the ranks of the dumb.

You are right: I don't know who you are. You've chosen to remain anonymous. But judging by your ideas and the quality of the writing on your blog, I'd say that you're a twenty-something graduate student at a not-so-hot college, probably the understudy of some 'expert' that may been targeted on the pages of this blog or is about to be; you have meager Arabic skills; you've spent a year abroad in an irrelevant Middle Eastern country (...at least to the topic you claim to analyze: oil); and for someone who's spent very little time out there in the practical world, you think you've got all the answers and it is only a matter of time before you'd march off into the sunset and begin fixing all that ails the world. Good luck, buddy! The world is holding its breath!

Now you could write back and say that I am off the mark on all these points, but really there's no way of knowing unless you chose to reveal who you are. Me, I'm comfortable with putting my name beside my thoughts, or at least with adopting an internet persona that would be identifyable as my own to my interlocutors out there, but its not for everyone, especially when one ain't all that confident about what he or she may add to the debate.

If you'd like to take a trip to Iraq, then that's very easy: you can fly into Istanbul, Cairo, Dubai, Amman, Damascus, or Beirut, and catch one of the daily or weekly flights into Baghdad, Arbil, and very soon Najaf. Within Iraq, there are daily domestic flights to and from Arbil, Mosul, Baghdad and Basra. You'll need an Iraqi visa though, so check with the embassy in Washington DC, or alernatively, you can apply for a visa at any Iraqi embassy in the capitals cited above. If you're short on cash, then you can take an overland taxi from Amman or Damascus. Don't worry, it is quite safe nowadays, even for those who don't carry the Iraqi blood-type.

Unfortunately though, I don't believe the U.S. military is providing any more "riding-on-tanks-into-Baghdad" package tours. You're five years late to the game. Sorry.

Happy travels.

Best,

Nibras

PS: For the sake of historical accuracy, I was driven into Anbar in a late model Mercedes a day after Ramadi fell to U.S. forces. I was later transported in another late-model Mercedes from Ramadi to Baghdad. No tanks were involved in my liberation journey.

2:05 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Anonymous crude analysis said...

let's take this discussion to email. it seems like it would be much more productive, less censored, and perhaps you'd feel less of a need to get so personal and show off to your readers. i responded once, but it didn't show up. maybe it wasn't confirmed or maybe i didn't complete the submission. crude analysis. gmail. i honestly do want to learn more about the issues you're discussing on this blog, those that you know a lot about in general, and about the experiences you have had. unfortunately, this comment section isn't conducive to such an interaction. if so, i'd appreciate it.

thanks,
crude analysis

5:18 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its funny, you hate all these experts--and yes, i agree, many of them are full of shit--esp the new crop of experts on 'islam' and 'iraq.' but best not to lump them all in, there has been some brilliant scholarship on iraq from these experts, esp the older ones--hanna batatu comes to mind.

7:23 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Dear anonymous,

For heaven's sake, would you really think that I would lump the great and late Hanna Batatu, or the other scholars of his caliber, with those bozos turned 'instant experts'?

That's sacreligious! Batatu's tome, The Old Social Classes, was a beautiful gift to Iraq's historical record. It should be clear what distinctions I am drawing between that level of scholarship (...for example, I'd include Yitzhak Nakash among the current great historians of Iraq), and the fluffy posers that I've named and exposed on this blog. Kindly go through the archives of this blog and see for yourself.

Best,

Nibras

8:17 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah i see. im loving how a palestinian wrote it, btw. i will look through the archives, but is it at all possible for you to use those tag things--you're a prolific enough writer where 'going through the archives' is a pretty daunting task. though, i must say, its probably more archival work than the new expert fuckers ever did.

8:55 PM, September 22, 2008

 
Blogger Brian H said...

The phrase "Obama's integrity" is as oxymoronic as "McCain's youth and beauty". The reverse match-up describe the actual appeal each has, though.

BTW, crud, according to the Sunni, born a Sunni, always a Sunni. On pain of death.

1:09 AM, September 26, 2008

 
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