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Saturday, April 24, 2004
 
Ever play chess?
Zontar from over at the Bartcop forum points out that winning by looking many moves ahead, winning by just not losing to overwhelming superior force, winning through patient, incremental steps, is something that has been embraced by chess strategists for centuries. Chess has been a very popular game in the Islamic world for a long time.

Today we see attacks on the oil facilities in Basra. There are also reports of attacks on oil field personnel in Nigeria today. Last week, gunmen in a boat were killed trying to attack an oil facility there. There is no reason to think that these incidents are all related.

Yet.

King's knight to king's bishop four. Your move, George.

On a related note, Kos has a poster reporting that the boy king is going to make the decision as to whether we will massively retaliate against Fallujah for their extremely bad attitude and poor behavior lately. (Thanks to Atrios). As I've implied previously, massive retaliation has a poor track record as a civic behavior modification tool in Iraq. There are better ways to handle the Fallujah and al-Sadr problems. This would be a great time to enlist Sistani's assistance--of course, the US might have to give assurances to him regarding Iraqi self determination and sovereignty in order to encourage his cooperation.....

Oh. Never mind.
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

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