micah holmquist's irregular thoughts and links

Welcome to the musings and notes of a Cadillac, Michigan based writer named Micah Holmquist, who is bothered by his own sarcasm.

Please send him email at micahth@chartermi.net.

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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Monday, September 29, 2003
Rummy, Wolfowitz and targets

"[W]e are not in Iraq to engage in nation building our mission is to help the Iraqi so that they can build their own nation," United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday. (Thanks to Tapped for alerting me to the quote.)

Makes sense to me. The U.S. doesn't aim to spend money in Iraq or try to control that country after all.


Deputy Defense Secretary for Uncle Sam Paul Wolfowitz was recently interviewed by Janine Zacharia of the Jerusalem Post.

"Iraq is in many ways a kind of special case that was sort of forced on us to use military force, because of the threat it posed," Wolfowitz said without clarifying what the threat was. "I certainly wouldn’t have advocated it. I don’t know that I know many people who would have advocated using military force simply to create a democracy in Iraq."

Court Schuett recently criticized me for saying that generosity was not the motivation for the U.S. taking over Iraq. Fortunately Wolfowitz has responded for me. Of course he could be lying about the motivation but if that is the case, I suspect that "democracy" isn't really what they are after.

Also in the interview, Zacharia and Wolfowitz got into the following exchange:

Q: Getting back to the Iraq question, the question of Syria and sort of what the –

Wolfowitz: I thought we were going to do – never mind?

Q: No, you want to stick with this?

Wolfowitz: No, you’re getting me into a lot of ground where I’m not going to give you very good answers, just because I’m not about to make news on Syria, but give it a try.

Q: No, I won’t. That’s okay. We can skip it. I was just -- in terms of how it relates to Iraq, I wasn’t going to try and probe, you know, what should U.S. policy be or something, but as one of the countries that sort of fits the characteristics of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, are not being helpful on Iraq, if you had any general thoughts about that?

Wolfowitz: I’d say the most important thing right now is not being helpful in Iraq. And it would be in Syria’s own interest, I think -- although it may take a lot to convince them -- to not get in the way of what we’re trying to do there.

I'd say Zacharia should have tried to get a clarification with regard to what Syria is doing with regard to Iraq, but I don't want to look like I missed the revealing nature of the exchange.

Of course I have a hard time seeing why Syria isn't a threat by Team Bush's standards.


After Syria, I suggest bombing Britain and libraries.